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Pods vs. self-storage: Which shall it be? If you are planning a move and need temporary storage options, you might be considering which one is best: a storage pod or a self-storage unit? Here are some things to consider before you make your decision.

Storage Pods

These large rectangular items sit in a person’s driveway, yard, or on the street next to the house. This is a popular choice for many people that are moving because it’s incredibly convenient. These ‘portable on demand’ storage containers are dropped off on a certain date for loading or storage, then delivered to your new address when it’s time. Many people like this option because they don’t have to load up a moving truck and they can easily load the unit at the ground level. You can unlock it at your convenience to access your items, too.

If you live in an apartment or a neighborhood with HOA rules, you may need to check to make sure using a storage pod is allowed. Also, security may be an issue with your POD as well. They are locked, but do not have any other security advantages with them (cameras, security guards, or lighting) like a self-storage unit would.


There are a lot of different self-storage unit companies to choose from in the area. They are available in a variety of different sizes and price ranges, in addition to being available for long-term or short-term rental. One of the biggest appeals with self-storage units is that the companies often invest in a lot of security, including light, video cameras, or actual security officers patrolling the grounds. These units are also usually climate-controlled so you can ensure your belongings are kept at the right temperature, no matter what.

Storage units require you to move your items off-site and if you need access to something inside, you will need to make an extra trip. Not to mention, you will have to move the items multiple times – making multiple trips to and from the facility to load and unload. Then when it comes time to move your items to a permanent location, you’ll need to do the same thing over again.

The pricing on these options varies depending on the size you need and the length of time you plan on using them.

But whatever you choose when it comes to pods vs. self-storage, you can trust our team at Smooth Move People to help you with moving your items! Whether you need help moving items to your off-site storage unit or into your storage pod, we can help. We are also able to help move things out of your temporary storage location and into your permanent area when the time comes. Contact us today to learn more about our low rates or to get your move scheduled with us.

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