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Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduling and Delivery

Scheduling and Delivery

Can I keep my container in a parking lot?

Yes, your container can easily fit into one parking space, but your driver will need some extra room to deliver and pick it up. Contact your property manager and request two or three consecutive parking spots for PODZILLA to use as maneuvering space. If two spaces are available, your container will be placed in the middle of the two spots. If three spaces are available, your container will be placed in the center spot.

Does PODS service my area?

PODS offers service to over 200 million people in more than 20,000 cities in 58 states, provinces, and territories throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. Visit our Locations page for more information on our local Storage Centers. When you're ready to get started, complete an online quote and get your move started.

How much room do you need to place a container?

PODZILLA needs some extra maneuvering space, so clear a path that’s a little longer than two parking spots (12 ft. wide, 15 ft. high, and 40 ft. long). If your driveway isn’t quite this long, the maneuvering area can include the street, too. Please ensure there are no low-hanging wires, branches, or other obstructions, such as sprinkler heads, in the path. If there’s anything in the way, call Customer Care, before your delivery date, at (855) 706-4758.

If we’re delivering to a parking lot, we’ll need two or three consecutive spaces to deliver or pick it up. We recommend contacting your property manager before your delivery date.

Make sure you’re prepared for your container delivery or pick-up. Check out our container delivery checklist here.

How can I order a PODS container?

You can order your PODS container by running a quote. In some locations, you are given better pricing by generating your quote online and booking your order online. If you need assistance with ordering, our chat associates can assist you with your order when associates are available by clicking the live chat button.

I'm done loading my Container, what's next?

After loading your container, we can move it to another location or a local PODS Storage Center.

 

Service dates are subject to availability. Therefore, advance notice is required.


If you’re staying local, you can visit MyPODS.com to schedule your service dates. If you’re moving long distance, please chat with us by clicking ‘Chat Now for Help’ in the lower right corner or call (855) 706-4758 to schedule transportation to your new city and delivery to your new home.

Do I have to be there when you deliver my PODS container(s)?

No, you don't have to be present for your Container delivery. The driver will use your delivery instructions to place your container and will also contact you prior to arriving. We recommend being available if there are obstructions or if you foresee the delivery being difficult.

Make sure you’re prepared for your container delivery or pick-up. Check out our container delivery checklist here.

What times do you deliver the containers?

Our deliveries usually begin at 7:00 am local time and will continue until all deliveries scheduled for that day are completed. You do not have to be present in order for us to deliver the container for you. You may also check your Service Window once you log into your account.

What if I don't know my zip code?

Our Sales Associates can provide an estimated quote but the complete address details are needed to finalize your order. The destination ZIP code should be provided as soon as possible, so we can ensure the area is within our network. Changes to the destination zip code may also impact the price of your previous quote.

What should I expect when my container is delivered?

PODZILLA needs some extra maneuvering space, so you’ll need to clear a path that’s a little longer than two parking spots (12 ft. wide, 15 ft. high, and 40 ft. long) before delivery. If your driveway isn’t quite this long, the maneuvering area can include the street, too. Please ensure there are no low-hanging wires, branches, or other obstructions, like sprinkler heads, in the path. If there’s anything in the way, call Customer Care, before your delivery date, at (855) 706-4758.

If we’re delivering to a parking lot, we’ll need two or three consecutive spaces to deliver or pick it up. A container is about the size of a standard parking spot, so it can either go in between two spaces or in the center of three spaces. Please contact your property manager before your delivery date.

Make sure you’re prepared for your container delivery or pick-up. Check out our container delivery checklist here.

How can I add instructions for delivery?

In order to add to your placement instructions, please chat with an Associate or contact our Service Center. If a Chat Associate is available, the chat icon is visible once you've logged into your account.

How do I get ready for my final pick-up?

The day before your empty container is picked up, your estimated service window will be provided via email and posted on your MyPODS.com account after 6 p.m. local time.

Your container may be picked up any time after 7 a.m. local time. Please be sure it’s unlocked, empty, clean, and accessible. You don’t need to be present when the driver arrives.

Do I have to be there when the PODS container is dropped-off or picked-up?

No, although we recommend that someone be present whenever possible. Our deliveries and pick-ups may occur at any time after 7:00 am local time. The customer is responsible for ensuring that there is adequate clearance and accessibility for the desired location of the container.
 
The container may be picked up anytime after 7AM local time. Please be sure it is unlocked, empty, clean and accessible to the driver. You do not have to be there when the driver arrives.

Make sure you’re prepared for your container delivery or pick-up. Check out our container delivery checklist here.

When will I find out my ETA?

Your estimated service window will be provided via email and posted on your MyPODS.com account after 6 p.m. local time the day before your service date.

Do you pick-up and deliver on weekends?

Saturday is a popular day for moving, and we’re available to help meet your needs. Containers are delivered and picked up on Saturdays, but most of our Storage Center locations are closed on Sundays.

Container rentals aren’t prorated and include a monthly rental, so there’s plenty of time to pack and load at your pace. Service dates are subject to availability. Therefore, advance notice is required.

Do you service New York City?

If you're a resident or business located in New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island or Nassau County, then our NY City Service is the perfect option to assist you in moving or storing. Click here for more details.

How far in advance do I need to schedule my delivery or pick-up?

Service dates are subject to availability. Therefore, advance notice is required.


If you’re staying local, you can visit MyPODS.com to schedule your service dates. If you’re moving long distance, please chat with us by clicking ‘Chat Now for Help’ in the lower right corner or call (855) 706-4758 to schedule transportation to your new city and delivery to your new home.

Will the PODS delivery driver call me before they arrive?

Yes, our PODS driver will call prior to arriving to confirm your placement instructions. Be sure to answer your phone when you receive the call because they could have urgent questions regarding your container delivery.

Are there any winter placement restrictions?

To place your container, we’ll need a maneuvering path at least 14 ft. wide that’s free from snow and ice. All snow and ice should be cleared before your delivery or pick-up. That’s why, before your driver arrives, you need to clear a path that’s 14 ft. wide, 15 ft. high, and 40 ft. long. That’s a little longer than two parking spaces. If your driveway isn’t this long, our driver can use the street, too.

Make sure you’re prepared for your container delivery or pick-up. Check out our container delivery checklist here.

Can I fit multiple containers in my driveway?

Yes, if your driveway can fit two vehicles side-by-side or end-to-end, it can likely accommodate two containers. A space 25 ft. wide and 15 ft. tall will allow for side-by-side placement. For end-to-end placement, you will need a space 12 ft. wide, 15 ft. tall, and 33 ft. long.

I need more than one PODS container but there is not enough room in front of my home/office. Can you stagger the delivery times of additional containers?

Yes. Your containers can be delivered and picked up based on your needs.

 

Service dates are subject to availability. Therefore, advance notice is required.

Will the PODS container do any damage to my property?

We are able to successfully place containers in most locations without resulting in damage. Please note however, that if you elect for a non-paved surface placement, there is always the possibility of some yard damage, especially if the ground is wet, or the soil is loose. In all cases, we take the utmost care to deliver your container in a fashion that minimizes the possibility of any damage.

How long can I keep my container at my location?

Unless there is a specific regulation that defines the amount of time a container may be placed at your location, you may keep it for as long as you need. The great thing about our service is that you are billed on a monthly basis, so you can keep the container longer if your plans change and we will bill you appropriately for any additional month(s) that you may need.

What is considered a non-paved surface?

Any of the following surfaces are considered non-paved where a fee may be applicable: Gravel, dirt, grass, sand, brick, stones, shells.

How long will it take for my container to be delivered to my new location?

Delivery timing depends on how far your container needs to be transported.

 

If you’re staying local, you can visit MyPODS.com to schedule your service dates. If you’re moving long distance, please chat with us by clicking ‘Chat Now for Help’ in the lower right corner or call (855) 706-4758 to schedule transportation to your new city and delivery to your new home.

 

Service dates are subject to availability. Therefore, advance notice is required.

How fast can I get a PODS container?

Portable containers and service dates are subject to availability. Therefore, advance notice is required.

How steep can my driveway be?

If you’re wondering if your driveway’s incline is too steep for container delivery, here’s a quick way to find out: When your car is parked on the incline with the front facing uphill, is a car door able to stay open? If not, give us a call at 855) 706-4758 to talk about other possible locations.

How do I find out about my local regulations?

PODS will inform you of any regulation that we are aware of during the booking process. Many customers call their local community for information about any restrictions that might exist just to be on the safe side. Since PODS containers are very commonly used throughout the country, the majority of our customers don't have to worry about community imposed limitations.

Will a PODS delivery damage my driveway?

PODS uses a hydraulic lift system, PODZILLA, designed to position the container safely on your driveway. For new driveways check with your builder or developer before scheduling placement. We are unable to determine the integrity of any paved surface, so you should always check for existing cracks and request placement away from that area.

What is the correct street address format?

Please do not use abbreviations when entering your street address. This should help minimize any error message about street address formatting that you may receive. Also as a reminder, please make sure to put the city, state and zip code in the designated boxes.

Where can I put a PODS container?

Our containers fit best on a flat, paved surface, but if that’s not an option, call our Customer Care Team before your delivery date, at (855) 706-4758 to discuss possible alternatives. At your initial delivery, you can discuss your placement preferences with your driver, but it’s always up to the driver’s discretion.

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