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PODS vs. Traditional Moving Companies

When you look at us side by side against traditional movers, we offer a combination of flexibility, control, and value they just can’t touch.
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How PODS Compares to Traditional Moving Companies

Moving options were once limited to driving a rental truck or hiring a full-service moving company. When PODS invented portable storage in 1998, we introduced a new, flexible way to move that seamlessly combines moving with storage.
With PODS portable containers, you can take all the time you need to load and unload your belongings, and we take care of the driving*. Should you need storage, you can leave your container on your property for convenient 24-hour access, or we can move it to one of our secure Storage Centers until you’re ready for it.

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PODS vs Traditional Moving Companies Checklist

Your life gets turned upside down during a move. That’s why for most people, maintaining a sense of control is key. But that’s not easy when a group of professional movers sweeps into your home and begins packing and loading your belongings with all the tactical efficiency of a S.W.A.T. team. 

Add in their rigid scheduling and inflexible processes of most professional movers, and people can often feel like they’re working for the movers, instead of the other way around. 

With PODS, you’re in control, with things like super-easy scheduling in case your situation changes and built-in storage options if you need them. We can also refer you to local packing and loading professionals, whether you want help loading just the heavy stuff or need assistance packing up everything in your house.

PODS vs. Full-Service Movers

PODS has a damage claims rate of less than 2%**

With full-service movers such as Allied, North American, and Mayflower, your items are often unloaded and reloaded several times during transport, increasing the risk of breakage. With PODS, you only need to load and unload your items once. And since you get your own container, your stuff never gets mixed with anyone else's.

You have the flexibility to load and unload at your own pace.

Full-service movers like Two Men and a Truck and Atlas have a rigid schedule. With PODS, you’re in control of scheduling and pick your own delivery and pick-up dates.

Secure storage is built seamlessly into our process.

Full-service movers may not even offer storage as an option, and if they do, they usually charge additional fees to store your items – up to $500 per month – and you may not have access to your belongings!

Easily access your belongings while they’re in storage.

Some full-service companies do not give you access to your stored items. With PODS, retrieving or adding to your belongings is as easy as a phone call.

How PODS Works

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Get it & load it

We deliver your container -- and there's no need to meet the driver, as PODS is a contactless service.. Load on your schedule, right in your driveway. If you want help, we can connect you with local packing and loading companies.

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Keep it

At-home storage gives you the flexibility you need, whether you want easy storage just steps away, or you want to take your time packing and loading.

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Move it

We've got this, so you don't have to. We'll deliver your container to your new home, whether you're moving across town or across the country***. If you need to ship your car, we can connect you with one of our preferred car shipping providers who will arrange professional services in your area.

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Store it

If you need temporary storage, we'll pick up your loaded container and bring it to a local PODS Storage Center, where it will be safe, secure, and easily accessible until you need it again.

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Moving and Storage the Way You Need It

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Self Moving with Full Service Options

Need help lifting and loading those heavy items? We can refer you to qualified packing and loading professionals.
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Support from experts who care

Our Customer Service team is here when you need us. We're available from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. every weekday so we can be with you through every step of your move.
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Customizable service options

Whether you want full-service, a DIY option, or something in-between, we’re here to personalize your experience to meet your needs.
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*PODS arranges for independent third-party motor carriers to transport containers long-distance between PODS' service locations.

**Contents damage claims rates percentage based on number of content damage claims submitted to PODS compared to number of orders performed by PODS in 2022.

***Limited service areas may apply. Please call PODS for service availability.