01 May 2011 @ 08:09 am
PODs VS Uhaul  
Hi HDs!

We're getting ready to move and haven't decided between a Uhaul or a POD.

What's your opinion?
    (We're thinking it might be cheaper if we use a POD, b/c we won't have to pay for the extra gas with the Uhaul)
    (But does anyone have any experience with the company PODS? and how was it?)

I guess I was just wondering if anyone has ever used PODs before.. I'm afraid stuff will get stolen or damaged (or the POD will go MIA), but I've never heard any reviews, so I don't want to put it out of the game before getting some actual opinions.

PS we're moving from Wilkes Barre/Scranton PA to St. Paul/Minneapolis MN (a good 1500 miles)
 
 
Current Location: Wilkes Barre, PA
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I am an interactive leaf on the wind!interactiveleaf on May 1st, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
PODs aren't the cheapest way to move, but they are *incredibly* easy and *incredibly* reliable.

I've used them. They were amazing, and did just what they claimed they would do. Highly recommended if you have enough quality "stuff" to make it worthwhile.
Sarah K.: Rachel - Gagasarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
You've received a reward for = fastest reply ever! :D

Thankyou!

Do they charge you per-day when loading?
I am an interactive leaf on the wind!interactiveleaf on May 1st, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
Ooohh! An award! KEWL!

But the answer to this question is "beats me": It's been years since I used them, and also I don't know if when you say POD you actually mean POD. Sorry, but POD is generic like Kleenex.

If you're looking for the cheapest way to move: Consider shipping any books/comic books/CDs/etc. you're going to keep via USPS's media rate mail. Google it if you don't already know; it's an astonishingly inexpensive way to move books.

If you're moving from/to a house, the PODs are great, but PODS are the easiest, not the cheapest way to move. If you're doing apartment moving, they might be far more than you need. Also lots of companies offer "relocation cubes". Shop around and compare prices.

If you're comparing mover's rates, add Ship Smart and ABF and UShip to your list. Greyhound has cheap shipping for large items like bicycles; you do need to pick up those items at the Greyhound station, though.

(HTH. I've moved a lot.)
Sarah K.: Rachel - Gagasarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
lol yea we've moved a lot too. We've just always either had our dad's help us and they use their own trucks or we used penske/uhaul. Eck!

We've got a lot of furniture, but I'm going to look into those relocation cubes!

Thankyou so much for your help! :)
ClassifiedInfosirensdiamond on May 1st, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
We are debating the same thing for our move from Gainesville, FL to Lansing, MI! We probably won't use PODS though because we live in an apartment and there really isn't anywhere to put them while we load it up (and may not be a place for us to unload either once we get there), so I guess that's something to consider.

We haven't priced out Uhauls yet, but I got several quotes from moving companies, and the lowest was $990 for the 1200 mile move with about 2000lbs of stuff.

Someone told me Penske was the cheapest in truck rentals.

Best of luck to ya!
tatiannetatianne on May 1st, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
We moved, locally, 5 years ago and for a local truck uhaul was the most expensive by far. We ended up using a truck rental through Sears, which was not only a lot less expensive but the people were SO much more customer friendly!

My husband used a relocation cube years ago from CT to MI and had a great experience with it. It was a bit pricey but super easy.
Sarah K.: Rachel - ::Facepalm::sarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Where can I find this? I googled -Sears Moving Trucks-, but all I get is canvas paintings and toys! LOL

-The links from google aren't helping either-

tis a mystery!
Alicealice_bunnie on May 1st, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
I believe it's Budget that does their trucks through Sears. I used them once for a rental truck, but just a short move. It was a great, clean truck and the people were good. My experience with UHaul is crappy, old trucks that you pick up at a convenience store... not really good. :p
Sarah K.: Rachel - Smile/Starsarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
yea.. they weren't great the last time I tried to use them either. (Didn't have our reserved truck!? D:) but like I said below the Penske trucks are super uncomfortable.. but I'm looking at the Budget trucks right now.

Thanks! :)
Sarah K.: Rachel - Gagasarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Yea I was thinking about that too, where we'll put the cube. This apt complex has extra parking spots, but I don't know about the one where we're moving too.. Guess I'll have to make a phone call.

So far I've found Budget Trucks is the cheapest (dolly for vehicle included).

Oh and a little tid bit from the last time we moved (with a Penske truck)... the Penske truck seats are SUPER uncomfortable. D:

Thankyou for your help!
ClassifiedInfosirensdiamond on May 1st, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
DEFINITELY good to know re: uncomfortable seats!

We are actually going up to MI in June to have a looksee (paid for by MSU, woot!), find a place, and visit fam (in-laws are all in Grand Rapids). We plan to pack up one of our cars with all the stuff we can fit we don't currently need (like winter clothes--hello 105+ Florida summers!), drive up, and leave it there with mommy-in-law, and fly back. Hubby did NOT like the idea of possibly having to drag a car behind us while driving a truck.
Barbaraqickdrawmcgraw on May 1st, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Be aware that in certain cities you also need to pay an additional fee to get a permit to have the POD on the street, and some streets simply will not allow the POD to be on the street, permit or not.
lilaia: twininglilaia on May 1st, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
I moved last fall using ABF's pod-like cubes. I needed two for my approx 1000 sq ft house (two ABF containers approx = 1 POD). The cubes and move from Wisconsin to Boston cost around $1300 (if I had only needed one it would have cost around $900) and the entire experience was very easy. ABF was great about contacting me when they brought the cubes to my place, when they arrived in Mass., etc. I paid for movers to load and unload the containers but that's up to you.

ABF was the cheapest way I found. I also priced renting a truck from Penske and found it would cost more once I factored in gas and tolls, plus I did not want to tow my car. The one caveat is that ABF does not ship on air ride trucks (and they tell you that) so if you have high quality furniture and goods it is not the best way to move. If you do go with the containers, get some ratchet straps to hold your stuff in place unless you can pack the cube to the top. Some of my stuff wasn't held down tight enough and got some scuffing and marks, but they weren't great pieces so I didn't care. Nothing was ruined and none of the things in boxes were damaged.
vermeer_groupievermeer_groupie on May 1st, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
I agree with the ABF comment. They are much cheaper than pods and the service was awesome. You can get also get a truck from them and just use whatever space you need (which I think is cheaper than using their cubes). Then they pick it up and drive it to your new location. Definitely look into it.
lilaia: twininglilaia on May 1st, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
That is true, I forgot about the truck option. I didn't get a truck because I needed to have my things stored for a month. Storage was $99 per cube and obviously much easier done with cubes. If you get space in a truck you still have to pack and unpack it (and it's still not air ride).
Sarah K.: Rachel - Smile/Starsarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
O wow! kk. I will take a look! :D

Thanks!
kacciikaccii on May 1st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
We used ABF when we moved from VA to TX. They were wonderful. They were affordable and had wonderful customer service. We had them part their trailer in our drive, packed it ourselves, then they came and hauled it to Texas. This was so much more convenient than driving a UHaul (which is what we did when moving to VA).
Sarah K.: Rachel - ;Dsarahk_2009 on May 2nd, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)
Great! Thankyou! So many options, all you ladies (and gents) are helping me narrow it down! ;D
Sarah K.: Rachel - Smile/Starsarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
ABF looks a little spendy (around $1800!), but I'm going to look into their truck option now!
lilaia: twininglilaia on May 1st, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
Ouch, that is more than I'd have thought. The comments at epinions and movingscam were also helpful to me when I moved - for choosing a moving method and tips for packing.

Also, Glee! \o/
Sarah K.: Rachel - ;Dsarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
I <3 glee! (More than anything!) ;D
tribaljowen: Suntribaljowen on May 1st, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'd like to nth using ABF. I used the truck option to move from MO to TX and it was by FAR the cheapest, easiest option. You have to pack carefully if you use the truck but there are plenty of tips for that on places like epinions.
Sarah K.: Rachel - Smile/Starsarahk_2009 on May 2nd, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Thankyou! I'm on epinions right now researching :)
medusanoiredemons on May 1st, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
I used the actual POD company last Sept-Nov 2010. I LOVED them. They brought the POD to the apt, we loaded it that day (saturday), they picked it up Monday and stored it at their facility for 2 months. When I was ready, they dropped the POD off at the new place, we unloaded it and they picked it up on Monday. I also moved over Thanksgiving weekend and they were able to drop it off on Wed with no problem.

I also had to get into the POD while it was stored. I called them, they moved it to the ground for me and I got into the POD for no charge.

I moved a 3bedroom townhouse and nothing was broken. A few things got scratched but that was from how things were packed on our end.

In the end it was a bit more expensive than U-Haul because I had to store things for an extra month but honestly it was so much easier to pack things once and then unpack once.

Sarah K.: Rachel - Gagasarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
They sound pretty good then, customer service wise. Just looking at prices now.. Thankyou for your help! :D
Dark Turtlejanelemon on May 1st, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Just be careful that you have somewhere to put a PODS when you arrive. In the city where I live, PODS are banned from being left on the street in public parking spaces, and the city has been known to confiscate them and charge hefty fees for their retrieval. If you use a PODS, you should check to make sure you either have somewhere to store it on private property or that the city doesn't have any rules about leaving it in the street.
Sarah K.: Rachel - ;Dsarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
Yea I'm definitely going to call the apt complex where we're moving tomorrow to find out, thank you! ;D
whorishnesswhorishness on May 1st, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Honestly, in my experience with Uhaul, I wouldn't trust them for anything longer than across a tri-city move.
Sarah K.: Rachel - AHH!sarahk_2009 on May 1st, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
OH Yea I remember last time we moved, we actually scheduled to use a u-haul truck, well when we got there they didn't have one. D:

We eneded up going to Penske, but I don't want to use them again either cause their seats were so damn dreadfully uncomfortable! D:

-decisions, decisions-

Thx btw :)
jewel_case: Eviljewel_case on May 1st, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
We used PODS for our move a year ago and we were very happy with them and their service. Everything went according to our wishes and they made it very easy.

If you are a member of AAA, ask about a discount. I forget how much ours was discounted, but every little bit helped. :)

Good luck!
Sarah K.: Rachel - ;Dsarahk_2009 on May 2nd, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Great!! Thankyou for the discount notification! ;D
GirlOnFire: Ruby Eyessacrilicious on May 1st, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
PODS are fantastic. I moved from Virginia to Texas with one and it was incredibly easy. The best part is when they drop the POD off you can keep it for up to a month. So no rushing to get the boxes out in one day because you need to return the truck.
Sarah K.: Rachel - Seal Clap!sarahk_2009 on May 2nd, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
Thankyou! Very good to know! I appreciate your input! That's great there is no time limit (basically cause a month is a long time to unpack!) lol
Barbaraqickdrawmcgraw on May 1st, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
We're making a move from Arlington, VA to Denver, CO and decided on a Budget truck. We priced out PODS and were told it would be just under $4,000 for our mid-July move. The truck, gas, a dolly to tow my guy's car, and gas for my car, plus hotel and food for four days, ended up being about $3,500. It's not *that* much of a difference looking at it that way, but when you take the $4,000 for POD, plus food and hotel, plus gas for both cars, it ends up being a good $1,500 more, which isn't really something we can afford.

This will be my third time doing this trip (ridiculous, YES. Planning on staying out there for good this time, thank GOD), and each time we've driven a truck instead of using moving services. It's a bit of a pain, but in my opinion it's the safest way to keep track of your belongings and I kind of enjoy road trips. Would I use PODS if we could afford it? Absolutely. If you're worried about a budget though, driving your own truck is the most economical option.... though if gas continues to go up in price who knows what the cheapest option will be.
Sarah K.: Rachel & Quinn kiss Kurtsarahk_2009 on May 2nd, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
Good Luck with your move! Thankyou for your input! I'm going crazy with planning! I'm so freakin excited! :D
Sarahsarahinajar on May 1st, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
When we moved cross-country (NY to CA) it was cheapest to hire a moving company. It was about $600 less than a pod (moved from house to house) and I called my local Mayflower company and got a quote.
Sarah K.: Rachel - ;Dsarahk_2009 on May 2nd, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
gotchya so many decisions I'm writing everything down and going crazy with trying to find the best deal! Thankyou for your help! :D
knockin' back some juice boxesdianak on May 1st, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
We used a portable storage company (don't remember if it was PODs or ABF) when we moved from Texas to Idaho, with a side trip to Michigan and vacation in between - Left Texas June 2nd, arrived in Idaho July 30th.

It was VERY handy, but it was a bit pricey, and worth every penny for our situation. We called them up and arranged to have it dropped in our driveway in TX, and we spent 2 days loading it up. We then called for them to pick it up and store it for us "approximately 2 months". Most of this was reimbursed by work, though, which was nice. I don't remember there being a fee, unless it took beyond a set time to load or unload. (3 days or so)

When we called, it was delivered and parked squarely in a parking space w/o overlapping, taking up the less space than a smaller U-Haul would. Our complex didn't say anything to us about it, but our parking spaces weren't a high commodity. I'd imagine if there are extra spaces allowed in wherever you are moving, they won't mind either as long as it's removed quickly.

Size-wise, it was perfect for our 1000 sq. ft. apartment. We had a big desk, dresser, kitchen table, end table, tv, but our couches and bed didn't come with us. Tons of dishes and books and clothes and and and, but the smallest fit us just fine after we sold/donated the stuff we didn't want to take. If you have significant furniture, opt up from that size.
Sarah K.: Rachel - Gagasarahk_2009 on May 2nd, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
Thankyou for your opinion! So many decisions! lol

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