Moving With PODS: How Much Does It Really Cost?

With PODS you can expect to pay $299 to $499 for local moves. $1000 to $3000 for long-distance moves. $150 to $300 in storage fees per month. And delivery/pick-up fees are around $75 to $150 each way.

Moving With PODS: How Much Does It Really Cost?

If you are like me, you tend to want to do things yourself to avoid extra costs and unnecessary headaches.

Although PODS is not a free service, it is an excellent compromise for those who would rather load their own stuff but don't want the pain of transporting it.

Here we will answer the important questions about using PODS for your move.

What are PODS and how do they work?

PODS, known as Portable on Demand Storage, is a moving and storage service that combines the convenience of not having to transport your belongings, with a built-in storage system.

How they work is PODS will drop off a container in your driveway and you will have a month to fill it before your move.

From there you can decide whether you want to store the container with PODS or have it delivered to your new address.

What Can You Expect to Pay Using PODS?

Like any move, the cost of using PODS will vary based on multiple factors like distance, container size, length of storage required, and time of year.

Here is a breakdown of typical moving prices:

1. Local Move

For a local move, you are looking at a cost between $299 and $499. This will include the container delivery, one month of storage, and the pick-up/delivery to your new location.

2. Long-Distance Move

For long-distance moves, like out of state or across the country, the cost will be significantly higher. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1000 to $3000 or more. Majow cost influence boils down to total distance, size of the container, and length of storage.

3. Container Sizes

PODS offers three main container sizes with different costs for each.

  • 7-foot container: Best for a small studio apartment. This will run you about $150 per month of storage before delivery fees.
  • 12-foot container: Great for a 2-3 room apartment. Usually costs around $160 per month, not including delivery.
  • 16-foot container: This would be for a 3-4 bedroom home. General costs are $170 per month before delivery.

4. Additional Fees

Several additional fees may apply, including:

  • Delivery and pick-up: Expect $75 to $150 each way
  • Storage Fees: Extended storage will run you an additional 150-300 per month
  • Insurance: PODS offers protection plans for their containers that range from $10-$450 per month. Costs will vary depending on what is stored inside the container.
  • Seasonal Charges: Movings costs typically are higher during peak moving times like around summer and during holidays.

5. Promotions or Discounts

It is not uncommon to find discounted offers for military, students, and AAA members. You should always check for current deals to reduce costs for your move.

How Does PODS Compare to Traditional Moving Companies?

Generally, PODS is going to be a more cost-effective solution to moving than hiring movers, although it will require more elbow grease on your end. PODS is convenient for young to mid-range adults who don't mind a little physical activity and have friends to help out.

Services Compared:

PODS: PODS offers a combination of moving and storage services. The containers are delivered to your home, you load them at your convenience, and then PODS transports them or stores them until you’re ready.

Traditional Moving Companies: These companies often offer full-service moves, including packing, loading, transportation, and unloading. Some also offer storage services but are generally limited compared to PODS.



Offers more flexible pricing options depending on storage duration, container size, and move distance.

  • Local moves: $299 to $499
  • Long-distance moves: $1,000 to $3,000
  • Monthly storage fees: $150 to $300
  • Additional fees for delivery and pick-up: $75 to $150 each way​

2. Traditional Companies

Usually work with flat rate fees for distance and total weight/volume of items transported. Average costs include:

  • Local moves: $700 to $1,500
  • Long-distance moves: $2,000 to $5,000

Additional services (packing, insurance, etc.) can add several hundred dollars to the total cost​.

Cost Comparison

Local Moves:

PODS: $299 to $499

Traditional Movers: $700 to $1,500

Long-Distance Moves:

PODS: $1,000 to $3,000

Traditional Movers: $2,000 to $5,000

Level of Convenience

PODS: Lets you pack at your own pace. It’s especially helpful when you need temporary storage or if your moving dates are flexible. However, it requires you to handle the packing and loading yourself unless you hire additional help.

Traditional Moving Companies: They handle every aspect of the move, which is ideal for those who prefer a hands-off approach. This can save time and effort but comes at a higher cost.

Additional Considerations


Flexibility: Great for staggered moves and those needing temporary storage.

Cost Transparency: Fewer hidden fees, with clear pricing on container rental and storage.

2. Traditional Moving Companies

Full-Service: Includes packing, loading, transportation, and unloading.

Time Efficiency: Movers handle all aspects, which can be quicker and less physically demanding for the customer.

What Are Some Ways to Save Money Using PODS?

1. Book Early

Booking early will secure lower rates and make sure your desired moving dates are available.

2. Choose the right container size

Renting an oversized container not only wastes space but literally costs you more for unused storage space.

Do your best to map out the volume of your belongings, PODS website offers a size guide to help get the most out of (or into) your storage.

3. Discounts and promotions

Check out the PODS discounts and promotions page for the latest deals and special offers.

4. Pack efficiently

Tight packing will maximize the amount of space used, the earlier and more efficiently you can pack, the better value you will get from using PODS.

5. Move During OFF-Peak Times

If possible, schedule your move on a weekday during fall or winter to take advantage of lower rates. This is particularly beneficial for states that do not get a lot of snow.

6. Opt for self-loading

Hiring professionals only adds to your moving budget. See if you can handle loading and unloading yourself or recruit some friends and family to help.

Should You Move Using PODS?

We think PODS is an excellent service for DIY movers who don't want the hassle of driving a large truck themselves. This service benefits those who like to start early and take their time loading. The costs involved in using PODS are well worth it for the convenience they provide.

George Marks

A copywriter with a knack for adapting quickly, thanks to moving all across the US when I was growing up. Currently, I continue to embrace new cities for work, each move adding a new chapter to my story and expanding my perspective both personally and professionally. In my free time, I enjoy things like tennis, building computers, and writing engaging stories in a professional setting.

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