Should I POD should I truck?
February 27, 2007 8:30 PM Subscribe
How do PODs stack up vs. moving trucks, in terms of the amount of stuff one can fit inside? I know the cubic footage in each, but... how much of that can actually be used? Looking for info from people who have moved (or helped someone move) using both.
Moving from coastal North Carolina to Minneapolis in May. Considering a POD to make our move easier, but we're concerned about space. (We checked - we can get one in our area for a small additional delivery fee.)
The POD website claims that the larger size (8x8x16) can hold the contents of an average 1500 sq. ft. home. We need to move our 1500 sq. ft. home worth of stuff and are considering the POD rather than a rental truck (the POD would cost us about $600 more - $400 if you subtract the cost of diesel - but would make the move much much easier).
However, we used a 26' Penske truck to move to our current home. I know the truck wasn't packed to the roof, but I'm concerned about how much one can actually put in the POD.
One POD is about 1024 sq. ft. in packable space. One 26' Penske truck is about 1400 sq. ft. - but again, we only packed things to a height of about 5 or 6 feet on average.
Can anyone who has used both moving methods give me some insight as to whether we might be OK using one POD?
Some details (if you care):
Our basic issue is twofold. First, we are loading and moving ourselves - just my wife and I. We had help loading and unloading the truck; we figure the POD would make that easier. Second, we have a car we need to move, and two cats. We will not be able to easily fit the cat carrier into the cab of a truck, and do not like the idea of locking the cats into our car on a car carrier for a three day drive - doesn't seem especially safe for them.
Using a car carrier if we went with a rental truck is our only realistic option. While I don't mind driving the truck my wife would not be able to drive such a long distance in the car by herself - she gets sleepy behind the wheel on long trips.
We feel like we have a lot of stuff, but in reality our house is not especially cluttered. Furniture is fairly minimal: Two queen size beds, one dresser, one small kitchen table, couch and two chairs, a couple of desk chairs, a small desk and 5-drawer file cabinet, one dining room hutch, plus some other assorted odds and ends. We can put a small amount in the car, but it's a 4-door Cavalier, so aside from dropping our bikes on a rack we can't haul too much there.
So... recommendations. Go with a POD, understanding that it is safe to pack it to the brim, or go with a truck, know we can fit everything but have no clue how to move our cats, maneuver the damn thing through the streets of our new neighborhood, or unpack it in time?