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Old 04-15-2009, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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Moving from NW Ohio to Raleigh, NC area PODS (2 16ft) is about $1200 more, not including the expense of hauling my pickup/trailer, than what I've estimated with a 26ft truck + my pickup hauling a loaded horse trailer + gas + meals (I have estimated my total expenses at about $2100). While I do lose time with the traditional truck rental method, that is a pretty significant price difference for me.

What other pod type companies are out there? I did look at door to door, they do not service my part of Ohio.
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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Alot of people I know that live in a nearby towen that was flooded by IKE used them. Theylove them and really had no damage. I watched them takig a few of the truck to oput a relative house and they were very careful.I had one firend who uised one to mve 400 miles and he said when he got their the POD was placed neatly on the driveway and after unload they quickly came and got it.
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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What other pod type companies are out there? I did look at door to door, they do not service my part of Ohio.
1-800-Pack Rat has offices in Cincinnati, and Cleveland, and also in Indianapolis, and Chicago, if you happen to live in closer to those cities.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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Our experience with PODS was very positive and I would have no problem recommending them. We only needed one pod so the price was actually cheaper than renting a truck, especially since we also (unexpectedly) needed storage before moving into our new house. All in all, our experience with PODS was excellent -- nothing damaged, and good customer service.
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Chicagolandia, but looking to move
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I am glad I found this thread. We are thinking a POD type company is the way to go for us. We need to purge a bunch of things in order to stage our home properly (right Beckycat lol)

The big debate is do we just use it to remove the excess then transfer it all to a moving company's truck or do we use them for the whole move.

I suppose my husband would be more inclined to use a poddy thingy if we hired some help. Where does one go about finding helpers?

Thanks bunches
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Outer edge of Portland metro, a stone's throw to the Clackamas R:)
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Default I moved from Cleveland,OH to Portland, OR last summer

I used ABF and was very pleased. Their website allows you to estimate about how much space you need to reserve, and I was able to make my arrangements completely online with no upfront charges until my contents were picked up. I reserved 19 ft in a "pup" which is a shorter trailer than a full semi-trailer. The trailer was delivered on time, I had 3 days to load it, which allowed me time to sort and pack so I didn't have to live in a completely packed up house ahead of time. It also allowed for me to dispose (donate) items I really didn't need to take with me, but if I'd no time to sort I would have packed anyway.

Four years earlier I had moved from MT to OH, with a packing/moving company and completely filled a full semi trailer with my stuff (including my small car, which I did ship separately this time for $900). I paid approx $3400 for my ABF trailer/shipping, and I did NOT have to a drive a big rig which was a big plus for me. This was at the height of the $4.00+ gas prices, too, so that was factored into my price.

I would definitely recommend ABF for a do-it-yourself move. My daughter and I then had a leisurely drive across country w/o having the stress of driving a big rig or hauling a gigantic trailer (I did tow a small motorcycle trailer, but that's another story!).

Don't forget, if you move because of finding a new job, you can deduct moving expenses on your income taxes.
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Hallandale, FL
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For anyone looking for help filling a pod/uHaul/ABF truck, I highly recommend http://www.movinghelp.com/ . It has listings, clear pricing, and best of all, REVIEWS. There are plenty of reviews for each area (just found one with 1200+ reviews for a local mover) and you can find great help for anything you need regarding moving.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: in area code 919 & from 716
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Considering using PODS instead of having to rent a truck and haul down my stuff. Has anybody had positive or negative experiences. The price is right for what they offer it seems but I would love any insight you all could provide.
That was my last job - delivering portable on demand storage units.

When I move - I will be using them.

When you use them try to give the guys a nice tip. You know how far a 10 or 20 can go? A lot of times we were at work when it was bare light in the morning until it was dark at night - look at the price of breakfast lunch and dinner when you are out ALL DAY.

ALSO - don't be ignorant - if a driver says it can't be put somewhere - trust the fact that it is a problem.

If they say it will tear up your lawn - it is a problem where a few hunks of plywood won't prevent it.

As a rule a driver will try the BEST he can with just a little consideration.
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:00 PM
 
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I used PODS when we moved a few years ago. The only thing I thought was fishy was the pick up guy "was doing me a favor" by allowing my "overweight" pod on the truck. I don't know if he was trying to get a little on the side or what. I packed it all up with a friend over three weeks and it arrived very promptly as promised. I was too paranoid of moving companies to allow them to take my stuff. You know, holding your stuff hostage in exchange for more payment.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Norcross GA
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I prefer ABF over PODS just for the financial savings.
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