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Case Study: PODS vs. Full Service Moving Company

A do-it-yourself (DIY) portable container move is one of the most popular methods of moving because it is perceived as the easiest and cheapest option, but is it the right choice for you? Many people choose a portable container option (like PODS) because they do not know professional movers can perform easy, local moves just like they perform interstate moves; with white-glove service and a stress-free customer experience. 


professional movers moving a couch vs. using a pod 

In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of hiring a professional moving company versus a DIY container move with PODS. 

What is a professional moving company? 

A professional (or full-service) moving company is a service provider that can handle every aspect of your move, from packing to unpacking. Essentially, a full-service moving company is perfect for individuals who don’t have time to dedicate to the consuming details of a relocation and don’t wish to assume the physical task of moving their household goods.   

What are portable moving containers? 

A portable moving container, like PODS, is a large rectangular container, typically made of steel and aluminum, that gets delivered to your driveway and left for you to load yourself. That container is then picked up and taken to a storage facility or transported to your new home where you unload your belongings. 

an infographic comparing pod containers to professional moving companies


The White-glove Treatment  

Using a professional moving company for your local or long-distance move means you’ll receive high-quality service. Professional movers, like Daryl Flood Relocation, specialize in providing a superior move experience through expert care for your belongings and attention to detail. Professional movers ensure your entire home is thoroughly protected during your move, carefully pad wrap furniture pieces to prevent damage and take a detailed inventory of the items being moved out of your home.  

Your Belongings Are Protected Through Valuation 

Protecting your household goods is typically high on a consumer’s list of concerns when evaluating moving methods. Unlike moving with PODS, moving with a professional moving company ensures your belongings are covered in the unlikely event of damage. Each move comes with a standard valuation protection package, which covers your goods at $0.60 per pound, at no added cost to you! If you have high-value items (grand piano, antique items, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase full replacement coverage to protect these items as well as the entire shipment. 

Less Hassle and Stress 

As movers, we know how overwhelming a relocation can be. There is a lot to do, and it never seems like you have enough time to get it all done. Hiring professional movers can greatly reduce stress and time requirements by taking the physical packing, loading and moving tasks off your plate, so you can focus your efforts elsewhere. Moving with a DIY container option like PODS doesn’t provide that same peace of mind, because you’re still responsible for the physical, heavy lifting portions of your move. On top of that many times you may believe based on your home size you may only need one Pod when in fact many larger homes may require 2-3 PODS and the cost ends up very close to a full service white glove move. 


Finding A Reputable Mover 

Unfortunately, in the moving and storage industry, there are dishonest companies called rogue movers. A rogue mover typically gives an estimate over the phone without physically (or virtually) surveying your household goods and they may show up in unmarked trucks and out of uniform. They’re also known for asking for deposits or upfront payment for a portion of the move, which is not standard procedure for professional movers. Getting a detailed list of what should be moved and packed broken down by room is very important and will always be provided by a professional moving company. To avoid falling victim to a rogue mover, check out our article on how to find a quality moving company. 


More Flexible Time Frame 

If you aren’t under a strict time frame for your move or are looking to pack and load a little at a time over an extended period, the portable storage container option may align better with your move goals. Because PODS are dropped off at your driveway and you can schedule pickup anytime, you have greater control over your move timeline than you would with professional movers who operate with delivery windows and deadlines.  

Sometimes Cheaper Than Professional Movers 

If cost is a major factor in your relocation, PODS could be a feasible option. Historically, PODS cost less than hiring a professional moving company because you aren’t paying for the quality labor required to pack and load the contents of a home. However, we recommend getting a free in-home or virtual estimate from a professional moving company for comparison. The difference in price for the added benefits may surprise you, especially if you’re moving locally. 

*Helpful Tip: Understanding Moving Company Estimates 


Homeowners Associations May Restrict PODS Usage 

Though PODS may seem like a convenient option, many homeowners associations (HOA) do not allow temporary placement of PODS containers because it goes against community guidelines. You’ll need to check with your HOA beforehand to confirm whether it’s allowed. Additionally, if you have a shared driveway or live in a condo or apartment complex, finding somewhere to place the container may be challenging. 

Limited PODS Availability 

When moving with PODS or a similar portable container service, you are subject to the availability of containers, as well as nearby storage capacity. This can make your already stressful move especially inconvenient. 

Difficult To Estimate The Container Size You Need 

An often overlooked aspect of using a DIY container service is estimating exactly how much space you will need for your belongings. During the loading of your container, you may unexpectedly find you need more space, halting your moving efforts until you find a solution. However, professional movers use a cube sheet method which accurately estimates the space needed for your belongings. 

Using a professional moving company over a portable storage container option will ensure quality, white-glove service in the execution of your move, protection for your belongings and a stress-free customer experience. If you are interested in comparing Daryl Flood Relocation pricing with PODS, call us today at (844) 350-4284 for a free estimate!