March 28, 2014

Ways to Use Portable Storage This Spring

1-800-PACK-RAT portable storage units are often used when relocating to another city because they are so easy to use. You can pack your things at your own pace and when you are ready – it will be delivered to your new location. Simple and easy! But moving is not the only reason why you may need to use a portable storage unit. Check out these 4 ways you could use a 1-800-PACK-RAT storage unit this spring. Remember, if you need a portable storage unit, stop by to check out our current deals and offers. 

4 Ways to Use Portable Storage

1. Selling your home! If you are trying to sell your home, you want to make sure the home is as clean as possible. You don't want the potential buyer to be distracted by clutter and other unnecessary items. A portable storage unit will allow you to keep your belongings nearby, but out of the way.

2. Remodeling your home! Home renovations can get messy. Tools, tarps, paint and other needed items take up a lot of space. Not to mention the risk of damaging furniture and other belongings if you leave them in the way. Use a portable storage unit to keep your things safe while you work on your home.

3. Major repairs! Sometimes, things happen that we cannot predict. Things like a fire or flooding can certainly throw a wrench in things. You can use a portable storage unit to store your undamaged belongings while your home is being repaired.

4. Get rid of clutter! Another great reason to use a storage unit is to increase the living space in your home. Most people have items taking up space that they do not use, but do not want to get rid of. Use a storage unit to store these items until you find another place for them.

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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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