How Do Moving Companies Calculate Pods Cost?

How Do Moving Companies Calculate Pods Cost?

People working on planning out a move, whether it is local or cross country, have a lot on their minds. If you’re planning a move, you’re having to go through thinking about what all is coming with you, whether or not you’re planning on using the services of moving companies, and so much more. All of this can really build up to be quite a bit of stress, and no one likes that feeling.

One thing that is able to take a lot of things off the minds of people planning moves is the infamous “pods” method of storing and moving things. In most cases, renting moving pods can be a cost effective and simple alternative to many other ways of moving, like renting a moving truck or hiring a more expensive moving company.

If you think you’d like to rent pod storage of your own for your move, then one of the first things you will probably be considering is how much it is going to cost in comparison to other moving methods. To properly understand how much moving with pods is going to cost, you’re going to have to consider how the moving companies who provide pods to customers calculate the total pods cost.

Thankfully, this isn’t as difficult as it seems. You can probably figure out how much your moving container is going to cost you by thinking about a few key factors.

What Goes into Deciding Moving Container Prices?

When you are getting in touch with companies who provide moving containers (or pods) to their customers who are getting ready to move, you can expect the following important points to factor into how much it is going to cost you.

1. The number of pods

How many moving containers are you going to need to hold all of your stuff? 

2. The size of the pods

How big will your moving containers need to be to hold all of your stuff during the move?

3. The distance you are moving

This is one of the most important factors that go into your moving cost since fuel isn’t cheap. Keep this in mind, since you’ll be paying much more for a long distance move than you would for a local move.

4. The time frame and season of your move

Consider the time framing of your move. Depending on the time of year you have chosen, you may be paying more or less for your move.

Let’s explore each of these factors with a little more detail so you have a better understanding of how each of these things play such an important role in figuring out how much you’re going to have to pay if you plan to move your things “pods style.”

The Number of Moving Containers You’ll Need

You should begin by considering how many moving containers you’re going to need. Carefully go over all of your stuff, and try to come up with a rough estimate of how many moving containers you think it may require for you to fit all of your things for the upcoming move. If you aren’t sure, you can always call up the company you plan to use and ask them if they have any recommendations.

Coming up with a rough estimate of how many pods you might need for your move shouldn’t be too difficult. If you have less things to move, you may only need one pod container, while if you have a lot of things to move, you might need upwards of three or more.

The Size of the Moving Containers

Of course, the number of pods you’ll need also greatly depends on the size of the pods you choose. When working with moving containers, you can expect to find them in all kinds of different sizes, fit for different sized families, situations, and moves.

Here are the main sizes of containers, and a little key information about them.

16 foot pod containers

This size container is perfect for hauling up to four rooms’ worth of stuff, or maybe around 1200 square feet. You can expect this size container to be about as big as a parking spot at your local department store, and its size can easily be compared to about a 10’x15’ storage unit, or even a 20’ moving truck. This will be the best option for people or families with more belongings to move to their new home 

12 foot pod containers

This size container is great for around 500 to 800 square foot homes, which is about the size of a typical apartment. You can expect to be able to comfortably fit about three rooms’ worth of things into a pod this size, and as far as the size goes, you can comfortably compare it to a 10’x10’ storage unit or a moving truck with about 15 feet of space in it.

7 foot pod containers

This size container can comfortably hold the contents of a studio apartment or a dorm room inside of it, which is typically less than about 500 square feet. This size pod is ideal for a single person in a smaller apartment or a college student getting ready to move into or out of their dorm. You can compare this size pod to around a 5’x10’ storage unit or a moving truck with about 10 feet worth of space.

The Distance You Are Moving

Of course, the distance you are planning to move is going to be one of the main factors that help decide the final price you pay for moving using pod containers. Local moves will always be cheaper, because you are not going very far, and are therefore not paying as much for fuel and the movers’ time.

If you are planning to move cross country, though, you can expect to pay quite the heftier sum. In some cases with long distance moving, your final price will help cover the fuel for the move, as well as paying for the time spent on the move.

The Time of Year You Are Moving

The time and season of the year you are moving is another one of the biggest factors that will come into play when deciding how much it is going to cost you to move using pod containers. Why is the time of year such a big deal when it comes to moving?

Well, this is because a good majority of people looking to move do so during predictable times of year, which is usually in the late spring or in the summer, and on weekends all throughout the year. Your best bet for saving some money on your move is to get in touch with the moving company and trying to schedule your move during their off season.

Not only will you not have to wait as long to get a spot booked with the movers, but you will also not have to pay as much. Many people planning moves are surprised to learn just how much extra they might be spending by choosing to move during the peak season of the year.

If at all possible, try to plan your move around the moving off season. If your moving time is beyond your control, just keep in mind that you may be spending quite a bit more if you plan a move during a weekend or in the summer time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now you know some of the biggest factors that go into deciding how much your move is going to cost you when using pod containers. They can be a lot more convenient than other methods of moving, and can also be cheaper in some cases. Do you still have questions about them? Check out some of these common questions from people planning moves just like you.

1. Are pods cheaper than U-Haul?

Working with PODS or another moving container company usually has a more inexpensive price, but U-Haul’s U-Boxes service comes with an attractive feature: Customers have a range of more flexible payment options. If you’re referring to a standard U-Haul truck, though, then you should be aware that a moving truck of any kind is going to be vastly cheaper than using pods or moving companies, but you’ll be doing most of the work when it comes to the moving process.

2. How much does a pod cost per day?

Most container companies will not charge daily for using their moving containers. Instead, you can expect to pay a monthly fee for your pod. You could expect to pay about $110 a month for a 12 foot container or $120 a month for one that is 16 feet, but you should keep in mind that prices for your containers could vary widely depending on where you live and the availability of pods in your area.

3. How does moving with pods work?

It is super easy! You leave your pod outside and move your stuff into it at your leisure, paying for it by the month. When you’re ready to get your move underway, you simply get in touch with the container company, and they can come and pick up the pod and move it to your new home for you. When you have everything unpacked from your pod, simply call the company again and they will come and remove it.

Can You Contain Your Excitement?

Moving can be a very exciting prospect, despite how stressed out the moving process might make you feel. With some of the information you have just learned, however, you should find it relatively easy to find a moving pod suited for your move and your budget, allowing you to get your stuff loaded up and moved to your new home easily and at your own pace.

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