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June 20, 2014

A Closer Look at a 1-800-PACK-RAT Container

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Will you need storage or moving services soon? Here is a closer look at what makes 1-800-PACK-RAT the simplest way to store or move your stuff.

  • Multiple sizes: We offer multiple sizes of our easy-to-use storage containers so that you can choose what best fits your needs. Our 12-ft. container typically holds 1-2 rooms, about the same size as a 10’ x 10’ storage facility room, and our 16-ft. container typically holds 3-4 rooms, about the same size as a 10’ x 15’ storage facility room.
  • Safe and secure: All of our portable storage units are constructed of steel and only YOU have the key to your container whether it is on our property, in route or located in one of our storage facilities. A durable, no-cut lock is provided with every long-distance move.
  • Weatherproof container: No matter what season or where your container is located it will always stay protected. We do not use wood in our containers; our metal construction prevents absorption of moisture into the storage unit and your stuff.
  • No driving: Moving is already a lot of work, but at 1-800-PACK-RAT we do the transporting for you. We deliver your PACK-RAT storage unit, you do the packing and then we pick up your unit and deliver it to your new home or temporarily store it at one of our secure storage facilities.
  • Stays balanced: Our loading mechanism keeps your container level when being picked up and delivered for transport, which minimizes shifting and subsequent damage to your belongings. In addition, our storage units are equipped with corrugated cutouts specifically designed to secure straps, bungees and netted strapping to help you keep your belongings secure during transport and storage.
  • Low to the ground: Our PACK-RAT units are designed to make packing, loading and unloading simple. There are no truck ramps to climb or wheel wells and cabs to pack around.
  • 100% customer satisfaction guarantee: We are so confident in our service that we have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee! Whether you need short- or long-term storage, we at PACK-RAT believe we will live up to your highest expectations.

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February 19, 2014

Moving Containers Ditch That Old Rental Truck

Moving container services offer more than just a convenient solution to a common problem: they also offer flexibility, dependability, and peace of mind. And what's the number-one way they do this? By freeing us from our dependence on cumbersome rental trucks.

Rental truck reservations are notoriously dodgy with their reservations. And sometimes it's not even their fault. If you need a 22-foot truck, and the only one is rented to someone who's late returning it, there's not much either you or the rental company can do. Moving container companies, however, keep hundreds of moving containers on-hand, so you never have to wait for a unit. And they're delivered to your door, so you can avoid altogether the automotive game of musical chairs that happens when you pick up a rental truck.

And can a rental truck also double as a storage unit? It most certainly cannot. Moving containers are also used as mobile storage containers, which not only saves you a trip to the storage facility after you finish moving, but can also provide you with extra on-site space to store furniture during a renovation, or a covered space for a garage sale when the dust settles. Or a convenient mini-warehouse for inventory from your at-home business. The options are limitless.

But perhaps the greatest virtue of moving containers is this: you never, ever have to drive a rental truck again. Professional drivers deliver your container, and professional drivers pick it up. All you do is load it up and lock the door. No backing up a driveway with a huge, unfamiliar vehicle. No weaving through interstate traffic, wondering about bridge clearances and blind spots. You get to leave the driving to the people who do it for a living, while you and your family follow along in your safe, familiar, family car. That's reason enough right there, even without the convenience and reliability.

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February 6, 2014

FAQs About Mobile Storage Containers

You may have heard about mobile storage containers on the news, on the Internet, or from friends who have used them as a solution to their moving and storage needs. But, understandably, you may still have questions. Here are some of the most common.

"What makes them mobile?"
The name confuses a lot of people. They expect the storage container to have wheels and a small compartment with a steering wheel and some means of driving the unit. But that's not a mobile storage container... that's a truck. Mobile storage containers are simply large, rectangular, metal boxes that are delivered to your home or business. You load your belongings into the unit, and the company sends someone to pick it up and deliver it, either to a storage facility or to a new location.

"What if I go over my allotted time with the unit?"
Unlike rental trucks, which are loaned out for very narrow windows of time, portable storage units are rented on a monthly basis. Your monthly charge means that you can keep the unit at your house or business for as long as you need to. In fact, some businesses keep a rental unit at their location year-round, as an extra, on-site warehouse. Think of it as the difference between paying every day to live in a hotel room, or paying once a month to live in an apartment -- a monthly arrangement is more affordable, more practical, and far less stressful.

"What if I need more than one unit?"
While there are different sizes of units to suit most situations, you can also rent as many units as you need. The modular convenience of mobile storage containers is built into the process itself -- they're easy to rent, easy to deliver, and easy to add if you find yourself in need of more space.

"How easy is it to add things to the unit once it's been taken from the house?"
Actually, there are two ways to add or remove things from your unit once it's been loaded and sent to the facility. You can either drive to the facility itself and load or unload your unit in a well-lit, climate-controlled, drive-up staging area -- or, with a nominal fee and a phone call, you can have the unit delivered back to your home, to add or remove items to your heart's content.

Do the research and read the reviews: mobile storage containers are fast becoming the number-one way to move and store. They're more affordable than full-service moving companies, more convenient than rental trucks, and more flexible than both when it comes to moving your belongings from point A to point B.

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