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I am thinking about renting a POD and want to know if anyone would suggest this an affordable storage option?
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We used them to move, and we were happy with the service.
Everything depends on your particular situation and needs! We used PODS to move my Dad from FL to CA three years ago because we anticipated his living with us for a while while he healed from hip surgery, and it worked wonderfully! Currently - as we speak - my husband and I are packing up in anticipation of using PODS again - first to store our things while we try to sell the house here in CA and then (hopefully! hopefully! hopefully!) move to someplace in OR (and THAT part being open ended just now, the idea of packing just the one time - and then effectively taking said storage unit with us without having to unpack it into a truck, etc. is extremely appealing -- plus the option of keeping said storage unit as a storage unit in OR while we hunt something there is very reassuring too!) NOW - if you're looking to stay in the same area, those factors might not matter... Pods offers a lot of advantages, but the trade offs might or might not be worth it to you... again, the particulars matter. For us - the ultimate total costs when all the fringe but related aspects are added in (such as the hiring of help to pack, unpack, and a number of times) are added in, the PODS costs are comperable to any other storage unit in our area - so it's a no-brainer.... not cheap of course, but still a no-brainer. YMMV. "Affordable" is ultimately in the mind of the contemplator. Either which way - all best wishes to you!
I have a POD for storing my excess belongs while I try to sell my home. The benefits I see from it are: It was delivered to my house, I was responsible for packing it for as long as it took, it was taken from my house to a warehouse where I can get in to it on 24 hour notice. It will go to the new house where ever that is. Noone else can get in to the POD so there are no transfers of cargo from trailer to trailer, or trailer to warehouse to trailer. Less risk of damage or missing items. I had Two men and a truck load it for me. They advised buying moving blankets. You can get them on the internet. Breakage from poor packing is your responsibility. So do it well.
I have not seen it in the warehouse. I have yet to find out if I should have been more diligent about looking at where it is sitting.
But I think the POD is worthwhile.
We used it to store our excess items when we had our previous home on the market. They then delivered the POD to our new home when requested. I would use them again.
We used them for storage and it's been great. It's fun to watch them move the unit around. Certainly got the neighbors curious! You don't have to be there for drop off or pick-up. They'll ask for really specific instructions about where you want your POD. Make sure you research local laws before you get it, though. We had to have a permit for ours and the POD people were very particular about making sure we had that permit before they'd drop it off. Make sure you pack carefully, though. When they move the POD around it swings. A lot. Nothing of ours broke but stuff shifted and my husband's an excellent packer.
We used another portable storage company "Door to Door Storage" who has a similar concept. Door to Door's containers are a little smaller which was ideal for us because we wanted some of our belongings moved right away and others stored long term. We got a couple of quotes and while they were all similar Door to Door was the cheapest. Great service and nothing was broken. I would definitely use mobile storage again.
I really like the idea of PODS and I priced the service for our move. It turned out to be cheaper to hire more of a 'full service' company that would pack everything we have boxed up and unpack to the garage at our destination. I was surprised because I expected PODS to be the less expensive option.
Thumbs up on PODS from me. I utilized two of their large units to move my 4 bedroom home. One delivered on a Saturday, picked up on Tuesday. The other delivered on a Thursday and picked up the following Monday. (My driveway was not wide enough to fit both units side by side.) Fortunately the home we moved to has a 3-car wide driveway to fit both units. I had bids to have traditional moving companies pack us up and make the move for us. My packing and unpacking labor saved me roughly $2,000. I will definitely use PODS again!
I looked into it 2 years ago but I felt they were too expensive.
We rented a PODs when we moved 2 years ago. They are a bit expensive, but SOOO Worth it. The convienence of loading/un-loading at your own place, the pick and delivery as well as storage if needed is wonderful! I will definately use them again personally and do inform my clients about them as well.
When we moved in January, we were planning to use PODS and had delivery dates scheduled. But, we priced a local full service mover and their price was about 30% less than what we'd have spent with PODS. This included several weeks of storage between getting out of house 1 and into house 2.
While we packed all the boxes, the mover dissembled and wrapped furniture, loaded their van from piles of boxes through the house, unloaded, put boxes and furniture in the correct rooms, reassembled beds. nothing was lost. Nothing was broken. Our backs, legs, arms, and fingers were saved a huge amount of work. Insurance on the "junk" with the full service mover was far better than what was available through PODS.
Pods are okay but like jsp2 said, everyone's circumstance is different. I would have said yes to pods if I was doing a long distance move that required loading my whole house and having them do the driving. however while my house is up and i'm moving locally, i got a regular storage unit. I had to look at cost, by decluttering and staging my home i needed storage, however from time to time i need to swap out furnature or get something else out of storage. pods charge a fee to bring your pod back to you and you have to give them at least 24 hours notice that you want it. Pods would have been a hassle and over twice as expensive for me in the long run.
We just didn't want the hassle of packing up a borrowed truck, taking it to storage unit, unloading the truck, going up and down stairs, hallways, etc with bulky goods. We loved having the POD delivered and filling it up as we went along. Since the house is off the market, we will bring it back, get smarter about what is in there; and if necessary, order a smaller POD to take the overflow. Then I won't have to hear my spouse say: "I can't find (________) it; it must be in the POD! Definitely worth the convienence and saving our backs....
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