Are you getting a PODS container in your transfer? Perhaps you’ve seen them parked on somebody’s garden and questioned how on earth they work?
I get plenty of questions on PODS from folks I’ve moved, to not point out questions on shifting containers typically. Listed below are 11 of the most typical ones.
1. “How a lot does it value to lease a PODS to maneuver?“
Not surprisingly, the value of a PODS container depends upon:
- The scale of the container you choose
- What number of you must lease
- How far you might be shifting
- How lengthy you want the containers (PODS rents them by the month)
To prime it off, the place you reside and what time of 12 months you might be shifting are additionally a part of the equation.
“Okay, however reply the query… how a lot are shifting containers?”, I can already hear you saying.
As of 2020, in line with real-time HireAHelper information,
- The typical value of a neighborhood PODS transfer (underneath 50 miles) is $663
- The typical value of a “medium” PODS transfer (50-250 miles) is $1,533
- The typical value of a long-distance PODS transfer (250+ miles) is $Three,335
Might it’s lower than that? Yep! It may additionally value extra. To seek out out for your self, PODS presents prompt on-line quotes for native strikes, 24/7 operator help for long-distance strikes, and a Shifting and Storage Calculator that can assist you determine what dimension container you’ll want – and what number of.
(One final word is that how a lot your stuff weighs has no bearing on the ultimate value of your transfer.)
2. “What’s a PODS container? How does PODS work, precisely?“
Shifting containers are mainly massive instances you’ll be able to hold your stuff in. However they’re moveable, like a driveable storage.
PODS drives them wherever you want them, waits so that you can fill them up, after which comes and takes them to wherever you need your stuff positioned. (Additionally they have their very own storage services in the event you can’t park it anyplace.) PODS are particularly nice for when your transfer date is up within the air.
How do you get one? After you schedule your PODS container on-line or over the telephone, somebody driving a factor referred to as a “PODZILLA” (sure, significantly) will drive your container(s) to your pre-negotiated space and drop them off for you.
You’ll be able to take a couple of days to replenish the container(s), or weeks… heck, even years – PODS expenses by the month for nevertheless lengthy you retain them. (So don’t hold it for a month and a day, as a result of that’s a two-month cost!)
Three. “Can you progress a automotive infacet a PODS container?”
According to their own website, the PODS folks state that “motor automobiles of any sort can’t be saved in a PODS storage container.”
Except for the “flammable/hazardous supplies” issue, PODS says that it’s not potential to safe a automotive inside a container. Be aware that we’ve learn within the PODS FAQ that whereas PODS doesn’t advocate storing something with petrol, there appears to be nothing stopping folks from storing bikes, lawnmowers and driving mowers after draining the fuel from the tank. They add that doing so will negate any insurance coverage or protection in opposition to loss or harm the shopper could have.
Four. “Are shifting PODS price it?“
A greater strategy to reply that is to inform you what PODS are particularly good for.
If being answerable for your schedule is crucial issue of your transfer, and in the event you can transfer your stuff your self and have a reasonable price range, then utilizing PODS is completely price it.
That’s as a result of Full-Service shifting corporations are normally costlier and means much less versatile. Hiring a Full Service shifting firm means they’ll deliver folks to maneuver your stuff, positive, however the prices are normally considerably costlier and may take weeks – if no more – to correctly schedule. On the flip facet, your PODS container is billed month-to-month and even pushed for you.
To get across the expense, I at all times advocate that folks double-check for loading and/or unloading quotes from labor-only professionals. Then, merely add your PODS quote along with your HireAHelper quote. Examine that to a Full-Service quote and see the distinction. (Or simply name them at 1-877-967-7322. They’ll determine your PODS + labor prices for you.)
5. “Ought to I tip the PODS driver?“
The individual dropping off your container might not be doing any lifting and carrying, however nonetheless, they’re offering a service – one which comes with a bunch of guidelines and restrictions and a few decision-making as to the place they’ll or can’t place that container.
Right here’s your tip: Be good. I’ve by no means personally pushed for PODS, however I get the impression they must bust their butts choosing up and dropping off containers everywhere in the space, generally for ten or twelve hours. Once they present up, work with them. Assist them out by letting them know usually the place you’d like them to drop your container, then step again and allow them to do their factor. Say thanks. Shake their hand. And in the event that they had been cool, give them 5 or ten bucks.
6. “How a lot does PODS value to maneuver long-distance?“
On their website, PODS offers a value vary for long-distance strikes based mostly on their numbers. They state that 80% of the long-distance strikes they carry out fall between $1,237 and $2,999 (together with a month of storage).
After all, your value could fall anyplace inside – or exterior – this vary relying on what you want and the way far you must go.
7. “How a lot does a 7-foot pod value?“
Because the smallest container PODS presents, this 7’ vast, 7’ lengthy, eight’ excessive stell-and-aluminum field goes for as little as $149.99 a month (relying, once more, on the place you reside and what time of 12 months it’s). Decide-up and drop-off prices one other $74.99 however will generally be included in your bundle. You’ll want to talk on to somebody at PODS for specifics.
eight. “What dimension PODS do I would like?“
First, there are three sizes:
- 7’ vast x ‘7 lengthy x eight’ excessive (Dorm/Small Apt.)
- eight’ vast x 12’ lengthy x eight’ excessive (2-Three Rooms)
- eight’ vast x 16’ lengthy x eight’ excessive (Three-Four Rooms)
NOTE: The center dimension is barely out there for native strikes.
On the PODS website, they’ve a reasonably cool cupboard space calculator. Enter what number of of each merchandise you must transfer – together with bins, so you really want to know the way a lot stuff you’ve! – and also you’ll see your container replenish as you retain including gadgets till you attain the tip and get your last (estimated) reply.
9. “Are PODS waterproof?“
PODS containers are (mentioned to be) utterly waterproof. Although on the PODS web site, the popular time period appears to be “weather-resistant”.
10. “How a lot can a PODS maintain?“
The PODS folks liken their small container to a walk-in closet and advocate this dimension for 500 sq. toes or much less of residing house. (Container weight restrict: 5,200 lbs.)
Their medium-sized container holds roughly 2-Three rooms’ price of stuff. (Weight restrict: Four,700 lbs.)
A big container is really helpful for Three or Four rooms, or as much as 1,200 sq. toes of house. (Weight restrict: Four,200 lbs.)
One necessary level to contemplate: The extra stuff you’ve, the extra necessary it’s to load your container effectively. Skilled movers could make a giant distinction within the last value of your transfer.
11. “Is PODS storage local weather managed?“
Although they give plenty of general information about climate-controlled storage versus mere temperature-controlled services, the one assertion PODS presents on their web site relating to their very own storage services is that they don’t strictly observe local weather management requirements.
That mentioned, your closed container is saved in an indoor facility, so the weather have little likelihood of attending to your stuff. Nonetheless, you might wish to keep away from storing gadgets which are prone to extremes of temperature and/or excessive humidity – superb artwork and electronics instantly come to thoughts.