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PODS long distance moving company

Long-Distance moving, simplified

We bring you a sturdy, steel-framed container. You load it, or we can connect you with pros who do it for you. Then we pick it up and deliver it to your new home. It’s that easy.

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We're searching over 200,000 containers to find you the best price.

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LONG-DISTANCE MOVING WITH MORE VALUE & LESS STRESS.

How much does PODS cost?

Cost-effective and budget-friendly

Compared to full-service, long-distance moving companies and rental trucks, PODS is the best value for long distance moves when you consider what you’re getting. 
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No surprise fees

We don’t determine the cost of your move by the weight of your belongings, like many long-distance moving companies do, so there’s less likely to be a huge difference between your quote and your final bill. 
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Take your time

PODS rents our containers by the month, so you can take your time loading and unloading, eliminating the chaos of a house full of boxes, and sparing yourself a lot of long-distance moving stress. 
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Watch how PODS long-distance moving works

Matt and Amy needed to get their stuff halfway across the country and keep some items in storage while they looked for a new home. PODS portable containers were the perfect solution. Watch their story.
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How PODS long-distance moving and storage Works

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Get It & Load It

We deliver your container. Take all the time you need to load it. Want help? We can connect you with local packing and loading companies.

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Keep It

Choose on-site storage and keep your container on your property as long as you like for anytime access to your stuff.

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Store It

We can also pick up your loaded container and bring it to a local PODS Storage Center for safekeeping until you need it.

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Move It

We'll take care of driving your portable container to your new home, whether you're moving across town or across the country.

 

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How much does a long-distance move cost?

The average cost of a PODS long-distance move is between $1,237-$2,999*. Pricing depends on various factors, including distance, location, and the size and number of containers needed to move to your new home. You can get the most accurate pricing for your PODS move by requesting a personalized quote online. 

* Averages based on PODS rates published September 2019. An estimated 20% of PODS moves fall above or below the average range.

What is considered a long-distance move?

In general, moves up to 50-100 miles within the same state may be defined as a local move, while moves over 50-100 miles within the same state or multiple states may be considered a long-distance move. However, what’s considered a long-distance move versus a local move depends on your moving company, geographic location, and whether you cross state lines. If you’re thinking about using PODS, you can call us at (855) 706-4758 for details.
 

PODS LONG-DISTANCE MOVING IS PERFECT FOR THESE MOVES

Cross country moves

MOVING ACROSS THE COUNTRY

PODS portable containers are ideal for long-distance moves or moving across country for a job, especially if you haven't quite figured out your final housing. That's because storage is built into every move, so you can take your time finding a new place. 
 
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DOWNSIZING BEFORE YOUR MOVE

PODS offers unlimited time and space, so you can keep a container in your driveway while you decide what to get rid of. Then, we can pick it up and bring it to a secure Storage Center, ship it to your kids, or both.
 
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Home staging

If you’re staging your home for sale before a long-distance move and need to reduce the clutter, you can always use a PODS container to store the things you don’t want. Once the house is sold, we’ll bring your container back so you can load the rest of your things. When you’re ready to go, we’ll move it all to your new place. Now that’s efficient! 
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Uncertain long-distance moves

Sure about your closing date but unsure about your move-in date? Then built-in storage and flexible scheduling are just what you need. Whether you need more time looking for a new home or are finishing up home renovations after a long-distance move, we'll deliver your essentials to a temporary apartment in your new city and store the rest at a secure Storage Center nearby
 

Safe, secure, and flexible long-distance moving

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Your stuff won't get mixed up

Traditional long-distance moving companies will often transport several customers’ belongings in the same truck, increasing the possibility of mix-ups and lost items during transit. PODS containers are loaded by you, locked by you, and unlocked by you, eliminating these possibilities completely. 
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No delivery address necessary

PODS is perfect for long-distance moves when you haven’t quite figured out where you’re going to live yet. Whether you’re starting a new job ASAP and still need time to look for a place, or your new home is being renovated before you move in, our built-in storage options make it easy to store your stuff with us until you’re ready for it. 
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Change of plans? No worries.

Long-distance moves can be complicated, and we understand that sometimes things can change. With PODS, it’s never a problem. We’re built to be flexible, so we can reschedule dates and destinations quickly and easily. 
 
Need help packing and loading your container?

Get help packing and loading

In addition to the mental stress of planning and scheduling your long-distance move, there's the physical challenge of packing your entire home and loading it into a truck. But we refer local, professional packing and loading services to do as much or as little as you'd like, so you can save your energy for the housewarming party. 
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Opening a new business location?

We’ve got your solution, whether you’re looking off-site storage options or you're moving your business to the other side of the country. 
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Got long-distance moving questions? We’ve got answers

What is the cheapest way to move long-distance?

The least expensive way to move long distance is usually to use your own vehicle and do all the packing, loading, and driving yourself. However, that’s assuming you can fit all your belongings in your own vehicle. If you have more stuff than you have space, then you should compare costs between a rental truck, which you have to drive yourself, or a PODS portable container, where we do all the driving. If you’re not comfortable driving a big truck, want a flexible schedule for loading and unloading, or need storage as part of your move, then PODS delivers the best value. Learn more about how PODS compares to rental trucks or call us at (855) 706-4758 for a quick estimate for your long-distance move.

Your total long-distance moving price will be based on your location, how far you’re moving, how much stuff you need to move, and the type of moving service you choose. Here are the average long-distance moving costs for the three main types of services:

  • PODS Moving and Storage Container: $1,499 to $2,999*
    Pricing depends on distance, geographic location, and container size and quantity needed to hold your belongings. An estimated 20% of PODS moves fall above or below this average range based on these variables.
    • What’s included: Container delivery, pick-up, and transport, as well as 1-month rental to give you built-in storage time. You can keep your container at your existing or new home to allow time for loading or unloading, at a secure PODS Storage Center until you’re ready for delivery, or a combination of all three.
    • What’s not included: Loading, unloading, packing, or unpacking. Referrals to trusted packing and loading professionals are available.
    • How it works: We deliver your container, you take your time loading, and we pick it up and deliver it to your new home. You schedule the pick-up and delivery dates that work best for you. If your new home isn’t ready, you can keep your items in storage on a month-to-month basis at a PODS Storage Center without extra loading and unloading.
  • Full-Service Move: $4,890*
    Pricing depends on distance, geographic location, and how much your stuff weighs, so it’s possible your actual cost may be higher than the estimate. 
    • What’s included: Loading, unloading, and transport
    • What’s not included: Storage, packing and unpacking, and gratuities. While packing and unpacking can be added, many movers don’t offer storage. If storage is available, the cost can be a lot higher than you would expect to pay at a self-storage facility.
    • How it works: Traditional moving companies come to your home, load your stuff onto their truck, transport and unload everything into your new home. Unless you pay for an “exclusive move,” your belongings are usually consolidated with other customers’ stuff and may be loaded and unloaded a few times along the way, increasing the risk of damage. Customers are usually given a range of dates for loading and delivery based on the movers’ schedule, with little flexibility offered.
  • Rental Truck: $971* plus incidentals
    Pricing depends on mileage, geographic location, number of days, and truck size.
    • What’s included: A truck that you pick up at their location
    • What’s not included: Driving, gas, potential fees for extra mileage or late return, storage, loading, unloading, packing, unpacking, vehicle transport service, and hotel costs.
    • How it works: You pick up the truck at their location, drive it to your home, load it up, and drive long distance to your new home. After you unload your belongings, you drive the truck to the dealer’s location. If you need to transport your own vehicle because you’re driving the truck, you may need to pay extra to tow your car behind the truck or for a separate vehicle transport service. If you also require storage, you will need to pay for storage unit rental as well as another potential truck rental to move your stuff into your new home. 

* Averages based on estimates from PODS rates published May 2019, Moving.com, and HireAHelper.com

The best way to compare long-distance moving costs is to get estimates based on your specific moving details. It’s easy to get an estimate by phone with PODS, but full-service movers usually require an appointment for an in-home estimate. 

To learn more, see PODS Moving Costs or call (855) 706-4758. We’ll answer your questions and give you a detailed, custom estimate on the spot, followed by an email with the full quote in writing. Your price will be locked in as soon as you reserve via credit card, with no payments due until 7 days prior to your first container delivery.  

 

What is considered a long-distance move?

What’s considered a long-distance move vs. a local move depends on your moving company, geographic location, and whether you cross state lines. In general, moves up to 50-100 miles within the same state may be defined as a local move, while moves over 50-100 miles within the same state or multiple states may be considered a long-distance move. Since the definition of a long-distance move varies, your best bet is to contact the moving service directly and check moving rates for your current and future ZIP codes. If you’re thinking about using PODS, you can call us at (855) 706-4758.

What is the cheapest way to move long distance?

The least expensive way to move long distance is usually to use your own vehicle and do all the packing, loading, and driving yourself. However, that’s assuming you can fit all your belongings in your own vehicle. If you have more stuff than you have space, then you should compare costs between a rental truck that you have to drive or a PODS portable container, where we do all the driving. If you’re not comfortable driving a huge truck, want a flexible schedule for loading and unloading, or need storage as part of your move, then PODS delivers the best value. Learn more about how PODS compares to rental trucks or call us at (855) 706-4758 for a quick estimate for your long-distance move.

How should I pack for a long-distance move?

Your three main goals when packing for a long-distance move are to reduce the risk of damage to your belongings, optimize your space, and make it easier on yourself when you’re unpacking. Experienced long-distance movers know that prepping and organizing are the keys to achieve all three objectives. 

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What else can I do to plan for a successful long-distance move?

Planning a long-distance move can be intimidating. There’s a lot to do to ensure a successful move, and then there’s the stress of moving to a new city or state on top of that. Here are several tips to set yourself on the path to a successful long-distance move:

  1. Research moving costs and moving companies early on. Long-distance moves are complex, and procrastinating now will cause extra stress later. Start getting quotes from moving companies months before you plan to make your move. Look up customer reviews, ask for referrals, or research the company online.
  2. Shop around for the best prices on moving supplies, including boxes, bubble wrap, and tape. You can find some real bargains out there, but it becomes more difficult when you have less time.
  3. Make travel arrangements ahead of time. Moving across the country? You’ll probably be staying in several hotels. Booking on short notice can cost you more money.
  4. Prepare your car or truck for a long-distance move. You may hire a vehicle transport company to ship your car, or you might end up driving it to your new home. If you plan on doing the latter, make sure to take your vehicle in for regular maintenance before hitting the road. 
  5. Talk to your kids about the move. As stressed out as you may be about a long-distance move, such a major change can be tough on kids. Young children don’t always share their feelings of apprehension, so you should sit them down and explain the changes ahead in a way that makes them excited about moving and confident that they will stay in touch with all their favorite people and  that their toys are coming with them.

The right move for long-distance moves

Nancy W., Spokane, WA

“I moved across the country and used PODS to store and move my belongings. PODS did an excellent job with every aspect of the move. I could not be happier with my experience! Each person I encountered, both on the phone and in person, was extremely professional and helpful. I will recommend PODS to anyone with moving and storage needs.” 

Lori Y., Bensenville, IL

“Ideal for long-distance moves. Good customer service.  Contents in good condition.”

Jason S., Dallas, TX

”Very easy overall. Competitive pricing with U-Haul and other moving companies for long-distance moves.” 
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