February 13, 2013

Melanie's Move with 1-800-PACK-RAT

Since I became an adult, I've moved 15 times and even coast-to-coast twice. I've guilted many friends and family into helping me with promises of pizza, libations, and hugs. After 5 years of accumulating too much stuff, I planned to take a two-month sabbatical to travel and knew I couldn't ask my friends to help again. I needed an affordable storage unit and a moving team that would work with my schedule.

Melanie and Loading CrewWhen I called 1-800-PACK-RAT, I chatted with Melissa, their moving coordinator, about all of the details of my two months of storage. It was surprisingly affordable to have everything moved out of my second story condo and into storage with a move into the new place I would choose later. She scheduled the container drop-off and the movers and the movers called to confirm the time and any needed items.

I was worried about some of my larger breakables like my antique stained glass window, mirrors, and large picture frames. They assured me they'd bring extra boxes and tape, plastic wrap for my furniture, and everything I needed to be sure nothing would break during the move.

Although Sandy hit the day before my impending move, 1-800-PACK-RAT made sure it was easy to move things around. They dropped off the container on time and pushed the move off one day due to the torrential downpour. The night before, Melissa called to checked in to be sure everything was ready for my move in the morning.

Melanie's Loaded ContainerAt 9am, Melissa left a message to let me know she was there for anything I needed and the movers showed up on time at 9:30 ready to start moving. After a quick discussion with me, they started with boxes and odd pieces like my rugs and my bike - they made it look easy. The movers knew just what to put in the container first to balance it out and be sure nothing would break in the move.

Watching my things head out the door on the backs of movers was enthralling. They wrapped my couch, mattress, and chair in plastic wrap so it wouldn't be damaged. Took care of my flat screen TV, mirrors and breakables with ease, and even took apart my dining table.

In the end, the container was secured, packed carefully, and ready for the truck to pick it up. They gave me the padlock, both of the keys, and wished me good luck with my journey. Melissa called one last time to check on how everything went and to let me know the container would be picked up that  afternoon. A few hours later, the truck driver called to let me know my container was safe and secure on his truck and headed for the storage facility.

Although the move isn't completely over, I'm so thankful for 1-800-PACK-RAT and their movers. It was the first move I've ever done without stress. I'll never move myself again.

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October 26, 2010

Using PACK RAT Storage for Your Remodeling Storage Needs

Remodeling can be extremely disruptive to your family. If you are living in your house while work is being done, you have to move all your belongings out of the affected areas of the house.  Then you either cram them in much needed living spaces for your family or move them to storage.  If you are temporarily moving out of your home until the remodeling is finished, you still have to find a safe place for the belongings from the areas under construction.  When most people think of temporary storage, they envision renting a truck and loading and unloading things multiple times.  Utilizing solutions like PACK RAT storage containers can save you a lot of work at a time when you already have enough on your to do list.

Your PACK RAT storage container will be delivered to you.  You can keep your secure and weather proof container on your property.  This is particularly helpful for those who will need to access those belongings frequently, or may be moving various things from different areas of the house in and out as the remodeling progresses.  You can also choose to have your container taken to a PACK RAT storage facility for the duration of your remodeling.  Many people cannot keep a container on their property, because of construction equipment or other project needs.  If you still need to access those items from time to time, no worries.  You will be able to access your container, while it is in a PACK RAT storage facility.  And thanks to a special lifting mechanism that keeps your PACK RAT storage container level when it is lifted and transported, shifting of your contents will be minimal.  Your storage container will be stored just as you packed it and delivered to you when you are ready to receive it.  PACK RAT storage solutions are a welcome convenient solution when remodeling has posed enough inconvenience on you and your family. 

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October 5, 2010

Using Self Service Movers for Temporary Storage

Most everyone has had to temporarily store some or all of their belongings for various reasons.  You may have to store the contents of your entire house when you move from one home, but have to wait to move into another.  You may need to store some of your big furniture and appliances while you take a job in another country or take a temporary assignment in a different city.  Another common reason to utilize storage is when you remodel your home.  Regardless of the reason, self service movers offer you a convenient and flexible option for your temporary storage needs. 

The traditional view of temporary storage involves renting a moving truck or making multiple trips with a car to a storage facility.  It also requires that you load and unload things twice, since you have to rent a truck or make multiple car trips again when you are ready to move those belongings out of storage.  Self service movers, however, take the complication and work out of temporary storage.  Your self service movers deliver a portable container directly to your home.  (Some self service movers will drop off a truck, a portion of which is yours.  But the most common method is portable storage containers.)  You get to take your time loading the belongings you wish to store.  Your containers are secure and weather proof.  When you have loaded everything, you have two choices.  You can keep your containers on your property (many people who are remodeling do this), so you can access the things inside them when you need them.  Or you can have the self service movers pick up your containers and transport them to a security monitored and climate controlled storage facility.  Your containers will be stored exactly as you packed them.  You do not have to unload a thing.  When you no longer need temporary storage, the self service movers will deliver your containers to you.  Again, you get to unload your belongings at your leisure and schedule a pick up time when you are ready.  Using self service movers allows you to conveniently take care of your temporary storage needs so you can focus your attention on the other details of your move or remodeling project.

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