Moving Truck Rentals or Storage Containers: Find Out Which Is Best For Business Moves

by PODS for Business Posted on December 3, 2020

Planning on moving your business? At one time, you either had to spend a lot of money on full-service movers — or they would use company time and labor by doing the move themselves with a moving truck rental. These two moving options often left businesses making a difficult choice where they would lose either way since both of these methods meant spending valuable resources.

Boxes and furniture inside a moving truck rental

Luckily, times have changed and so have your options. If your business is on a budget, you’re probably looking at moving truck rental companies and portable storage container services — like PODS.

So how do you know which route you should go for your business move? Read on to find out.

Sum up the Needs for Your Move

You first need to understand the scope of your move and your moving needs. Here’s a list of questions to keep at the top of your mind to help you make a smart choice:

  • What are you moving to? Do you need to move your entire office or just relocate a single employee? Size matters. 
  • Where are you moving to? When it comes to moving, distance is time and money. 
  • What timeline are you working with? Is it flexible? Figure out how steadfast your timeline is and whether or not you want the option to stagger your move over an extended period. 
  • How valuable are the items you’re moving? Know the risk and reward of what you can and can’t afford to lose during the move.
  • How much company time can you devote to the move? A cheaper option doesn’t always mean it will be the least expensive.
  • Will you need storage at any point during your move? This is especially important to consider if you’re renovating or have time between leases. 

Using a Moving Truck Rental: The Good and the Bad

Renting a moving truck is often the cheapest option and provides the most options for size, but this bare-bones choice may require more work than you bargained for.

Labor unloading boxes off a moving truck rental

Some businesses may think they can’t afford to go with another moving option and don’t take into account the lost income from time and labor spent managing the move at every turn. Moving truck rentals can cost anywhere between $50 for a small local move, to $3,000 and up for long-distance moves.

Usually the cheapest optionMore company time and labor needed
DIY approach that lets you handle the logisticsNo post-move storage options included
Several sizes available to tailor to your moveYou have to do all the driving
You may have the option to hire professional help at various steps along the wayDepending on the size of your move, you may need to rent more than one truck
You’ll have direct access to your things through the moving processTruck theft and break-ins can be an issue
Hidden costs (gas, lodging, insurance, fees for late returns, costs of damages, etc.)

Flexibility is often a pain point for businesses that rent moving trucks because you’re stuck working against the truck company’s schedule and clock. The lack of storage included also makes renting a moving truck an undesirable option for businesses looking to space out their move over several days or months.

Planning to use a moving truck for a personal move? Find out how you can find the best moving truck rental for your needs.

Pros and Cons of Portable Storage Containers

Portable storage container rentals (sometimes referred to as moving boxes) are a more flexible and secure business moving solution.

A PODS storagre container on a truck

When you move with PODS, for example, storage container delivery, loading/ unloading, and container pickup is on your business’ schedule. PODS will also handle all of the in-between, including the driving, logistics, and scheduling — so your business can focus on business.

Flexibility with moving and delivery datesMay cost more than renting a moving truck
On-site or secure storage option availableItems not accessible while in transport
High-security containers keep your items safeA driver moves the containers for you so you aren’t always with your items
Damage rate is significantly lower than when using a moving truckYou have to find separate personal transportation to your destination

If you’re looking for a portable storage provider, PODS works for all types of business moves. We are the ideal choice if you’re managing employee relocations, long-distance moves, and moves that require storage upon arrival at the desired location. 

A PODS truck driving on a highway

We also offer flexibility that many of our competitors can’t, such as the ability to make schedule changes up to 24 hours in advance. We can even arrange for vetted professional packing and loading services to make things even easier.

Choosing to use storage containers over trucking rentals not only saves you time, effort, and stress — it saves you hassle. If you’re interested in using portable containers for your business moving needs, check out the moving services we offer.

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