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Old 07-12-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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My instinct tells me that I would be more comfortable, and better off, loading up a few PODs of small stuff, and unloading them at my leisure, and only having a mover move the big heavy stuff. I would use PODs exclusively except for the lack of muscle to load and unload.
Which method of moving is more cost effective? Those who have used PODS, did you like it?
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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We received the first of two PODs yesterday and filled it to capacity this morning....it is amazing how much furniture and boxes we were able to fit into one 16 foot pod. It is $189 a month for us to store each pod plus $10 a month to insure each pod. We are moving from California to Kentucky and it will cost us a about $7500 by the time we pay rent for a few months...we are hoping to get a house into escrow ASAP.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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gentlearts,
You can hire temporary labor, Labor Ready, etc., if they are available in your area. Another option is that some moving companies will hire out their laborers to just load and unload.
I moved from SC to PA via ABF cubes and Labor Ready. Movers estimate was $6300. My actual cost was $1600.
I have now used ABF twice and all I can say is they are an outstanding company and a pleasure to deal with. Price quote was the actual price, no add-ons and no extras.
Don
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: On My Way Home
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We used ABF Pods, loved them, will be using them again when we next move.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I looked into ABF - we have quite a lot of things to move - many large pieces of antique furniture. I found out that ABF uses freight trucks and that they are not appropriate for moving fine furniture. We have friends whose son and family just moved from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas - they used ABF. The bulkhead that is supposed to separate your things from freight and other cargo - came loose - their things were thrown all over the truck and they suffered major damage to most of their things.....with Pods we completely controlled the environment in which our things were moved....we locked everything up with our lock - it was sealed by the Pod's person who picked up each pod....and we will be the next people to open those pods...they are stored in a climate controlled, secured building until we send for them - they are never moved back and forth - only up and down on the truck.....after looking into the differences between moving with ABF and Pods. Pods are spotless - the freight trucks that ABF uses are not always clean. In our case any way, PODs were the better way to go.

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Old 07-17-2008, 06:43 AM
 
Location: On My Way Home
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I looked into ABF - we have quite a lot of things to move - many large pieces of antique furniture. I found out that ABF uses freight trucks and that they are not appropriate for moving fine furniture. We have friends whose son and family just moved from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas - they used ABF. The bulkhead that is supposed to separate your things from freight and other cargo - came loose - their things were thrown all over the truck and they suffered major damage to most of their things.....with Pods we completely controlled the environment in which our things were moved....we locked everything up with our lock - it was sealed by the Pod's person who picked up each pod....and we will be the next people to open those pods...they are stored in a climate controlled, secured building until we send for them - they are never moved back and forth - only up and down on the truck.....after looking into the differences between moving with ABF and Pods. Pods are spotless - the freight trucks that ABF uses are not always clean. In our case any way, PODs were the better way to go.
ABF have PODS and Freight Trucks, we used the PODS with ABF. In actual fact there are a few companies that do PODS: PODS (the company), ABF(Upack) and Pack Rat.
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Old 03-09-2009, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
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. Pods are spotless - the freight trucks that ABF uses are not always clean. In our case any way, PODs were the better way to go.
This isn't really an issue anyway. It's not like the truck is going to touch your stuff, your stuff will be inside the pod.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:18 AM
 
Location: In the woods next to the ocean
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Just a couple of thoughts about ABF which we used, were very satisfied with, and would use again.

1. Not every location has pod delivery so you have to haul your stuff from the nearest depot yourself. However, they can deliver the trailers anywhere providing there is space to park it at your location.

2. The movers I hired to load my trailer said ABF stands for "Already Broken Freight". They said the ABF trailers have to be packed especially carefully because they "ride hard". Evidently they did a good job packing mine as everything made the trip OK.
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:05 PM
 
Location: USA
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We received the first of two PODs yesterday and filled it to capacity this morning....it is amazing how much furniture and boxes we were able to fit into one 16 foot pod. It is $189 a month for us to store each pod plus $10 a month to insure each pod. We are moving from California to Kentucky and it will cost us a about $7500 by the time we pay rent for a few months...we are hoping to get a house into escrow ASAP.
If you move to another location or state is it easy to transfer the pod? I think $185 a month to move yourself is great!
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:51 AM
 
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We used ABF's Relocubes. We had 2 cubes and we packed them ourselves. ABF drove them from UT to NC and when they arrived (a day earlier than expected! good), everything inside was in the same place we put it. We even had to tie a loveseat to the ceiling! lol for space (our couch was too long for the cube and we had to get creative and push the couch up on an angle with the tied loveseat above it, if that made sense)...all in all, it cost us $1900 for ABF's fees. Not bad at all for a cross country move!
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