How much are moving PODS?

Zachary Visconti

The price of moving PODS mobile storage containers

If you’re moving a whole household, you’ll need more than just a moving dolly and a tow hitch (though those will come in handy).

While PODS offer containers for those moving or those in need of stationary storage, the price of PODS can vary significantly, based on individual needs. Still, it helps to know how PODS’ prices its storage containers, and what costs you might be able to expect if you are hoping to go that route.

How PODS pricing works

PODS calculates the price of its storage and moving services based on several different factors. These factors include the geographic location where you need storage and/or moving services, how far you’ll need the container moved if you are moving, what size and quantity of containers are needed, and where you’ll be storing your container.

PODS sizes

Small: Small PODS containers are 7 feet x 7 feet x 8 feet and are perfect for anyone living in a studio apartment, small dorm or room with 500 or less square feet.

Medium: A medium PODS container is 12 feet x 8 feet x 8 feet. It is recommended for those with a home between 500 and 800 square feet. Medium PODS often work great for those with a one-bedroom home.

Large: Large PODS containers are 16 feet x 8 feet x 8 feet and can generally store a 1,200-square foot home’s worth of goods. The company says large containers are best for two-bedroom homes.

If you need more storage than these sizes offer, then consider getting more than one storage container.

Using PODS for storage

You can purchase PODS for storing your things at a given property or at a PODS storage facility, like if you’re doing a remodel on your home and just need a place to keep your furniture. In this case, PODS will drop off your container at your home or storage site, and you pay on a month-by-month basis, depending how long the storage is needed. When you’re done, PODS will come and pick up the container, hassle-free.

Using PODS for storage and moving

If you’re using your PODS storage container for storage and moving, the price will increase. Like with storage, PODS will drop the container off at your home or storage site. But when you’re ready to move, they come pick it up, only to deliver it to your new home or storage site for you. The distance you need the container moved will also affect the price of renting PODS, with long-distance moves increasing the price substantially.

How much are moving PODS?

Because of how PODS calculates its prices, the cost can vary significantly, based on the factors listed above.

According to the PODS website, the cost of renting a PODS container for local moves typically starts between $349-$549, while long-distance moves can range from $999-$2,999. However, the company also reports that these figures come from a specific study that took place in a single month, and that up to 20% of PODS moves cost more or less than these figures. Some moving PODS users have even reported single-container moves costing as much as $5,000, indicating that prices can vary widely.

To get a precise estimate, it’s best to get a quote from PODS directly. You can do so easily from the company’s website, using a contact form in which they’ll ask for: zip codes for the storage location and destination (if applicable), the date and timeline when you need the container, where you’ll store the container (at your own site or at a PODS facility) and your email address.

Zachary Visconti is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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