Johnny Ringo -
I am also in need of this type of service and have been shopping around. Any info would be helpful.
Well, here's how it ended up. Pods was just expensive as hell. Fuck them.
PackRat was a little better and they are actually willing to haggle on price but once you reach a certain number they can't go any lower. The problem I had with them is that the smallest container they had in my area was 16' long, which doesn't even fit in my fucking parking space and with the amount of stuff I'm taking, there would have been too much space left over and my shit would have been bouncing and sliding around.
I went with U-Pack. Their containers are small. I think 6'(deep) x 7'(wide) x 8'(high). So they're pretty small but if you're good at packing stuff, you can fit a lot in there and if you cram it tight enough you won't even have to worry about tie-down straps or anything like that. You can also get them to initially drop off a second or third or however many additional containers you want so that if you can't fit all your shit in one, you can start using the other ones. The nice thing is that they will only charge you for the ones you actually use. Their travel time to the new destination is also a couple of days faster than packrat.
If I end up using only one container, I'll save over $1K from the packrat price. If I have to use a second one, it'll be the same price as the packrat 16' behemoth so either way, I'll either come out ahead or at the same price. And if needed, I can actually fit both small containers in my parking space so I won't have to take up one of the guest spaces and risk the ire of the condo association.