DIY Or Delegate: Pods And Portable Storage Vs. A Full-Service Moving Company

If you're trying to plan a long-distance move on a budget, the added cost of using a moving company might seem like one you don't want to deal with. However, going the semi-DIY route by using freight services with storage pods has its own pitfalls that can make an initially cheap cost rise. Which one is better for you depends on a number of factors, on which cost is not that much of an influence. Assuming you do have the money for a full-service moving company if you choose to go that route, here are some of the other factors you need to look at when deciding how to move your belongings.

Loading Help and Packing Skill

A full-service moving company is going to be able to load and unload your belongings onto the truck, and you will not have to touch anything if you don't want to. That, of course, is one of the reasons using a moving company can cost more than using a pod-type freight service, but it can also be a welcome relief if you don't have people to help you. With pod-type services, you have to either load your belongings into the pod yourself or hire people to do it for you -- and if you're going to hire people, you may as well save that money for a moving company.

Adding to the problem is that when you pack the pod yourself, you have to secure everything so that it doesn't shift around. If you're the only one doing the packing, you could easily miss something or not secure something well. A full-service moving company can tie your belongings down in the truck easily -- and the movers are insured should something happen to your stuff during the move.

Time for Moving

Full-service moving companies win this one hands down because the movers are so good at packing and placing things in the moving truck that they can pack up an entire place in a short time. If you've ever packed up and moved yourself, you know how long it can take you to pack. If you need to move quickly, go for the moving company and not the pod service.

Your Strength

As with the loading help factor previously mentioned, if you have no one to help you pack and move, a full-service moving company is going to be a fantastic option. Packing can be exhausting, and loading everything can be taxing for teams of very strong people, let alone one person who may or may not be strong.

Storage in the New City

When you reach your new city, you may have to store your belongings for a short time. Moving companies can deliver your belongings to a storage unit that you can access at any time (or at least according to the storage facility's hours). Pod services will store your belongings, but you have to arrange for the storage time ahead of time -- not just the storage space, but the length of time. If you don't have a place to live yet (maybe you're still in a long-term stay hotel, for example), that means you have to move everything again to a storage unit if you still don't have a place by the time the pod storage time is up.

You're better off spending the money and hiring a moving company to help you move because overall, the moving company is faster and better at getting your belongings packed and moved. If you'd like to get a quote and discuss prices or ways to keep the overall costs low, contact moving companies like the one represented at