February 17, 2014

Portable Storage Units Solving All Your Storage Needs

Moving can be an exciting venture, but it can also be fraught with stress and uncertainty. Will the moving company stick to their timetable? Will all of your belongings arrive undamaged? Will all your belongings fit in the new house? While there's no cure-all for every bit of stress involved with moving, portable storage containers can help you alleviate many common concerns and worries, and give you the peace of mind to deal with the rest of your move.

If you know you'll have things that will need to stay in storage, but you don't know how long that period of time will be, mobile storage containers are the perfect solution. They are stored at a storage facility that you can access nearly any time, much like a self-storage facility, but with a helpful twist: if you need to add things to storage, the units can be delivered right to your home, saving you a trip and making it easier to store larger items.

When you're in the process of moving storage can be a life-saver. Many relocation professionals recommend holding a yard sale to get rid of unwanted items (because why pack it, haul it, and unload it, if you don't actually want it?), but what about the items that don't sell? Moving storage containers allow you to easily store unwanted items for a future garage sale, without cluttering up your new house as you're struggling to get everything through the door.

And what if there's work to be done on the new house? Moving storage containers make ideal on-site storage units during renovations and large-scale repair work. Simply have the unit delivered by the company and move the room's furniture into it while you paint, patch, build, or expand. Otherwise you're stuck trying to shuffle furniture into one room or another, making your living conditions during the renovation less-than-ideal.

Moving storage units are rented by the month, so there's no stringent time restrictions or deadlines to keep, as with rental trucks and moving companies. During that time, the unit can be at the storage facility, at your home, or a combination of both throughout the month. Give one a try during your next move or your next big home project, and see what all the buzz is about.

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October 12, 2010

Portable Storage Units Versus Rental Trucks

The two most common methods do it yourself movers turn to are portable storage units and rental trucks.  Portable storage units are provided by a self service moving company.  They are delivered to your door and picked up by the company when you are finished loading your belongings into them.  You are responsible for loading and unloading your portable storage units.  The other common do it yourself method, renting a moving truck, likewise requires that you are responsible for loading and unloading your belongings.  But the similarities end there. 

Portable storage units versus rental trucks:

1.  When you choose portable storage units for your move, no driving is required.  Unlike with a rental truck, you do not have to transport your belongings.  You get to leave the driving to someone else.

2.  You have more time to load and unload your belongings when you rent portable storage units.  You do not have to hurry to get everything done in a weekend or within the short truck rental contract periods.  Your units will be delivered and picked up on dates you schedule. 

3.  You have storage flexibility with portable storage units.  If you need to temporarily store some or all of your belongings between your move out and move in dates, your units will be taken to a storage facility and stored exactly as you packed them.  You do not have to unload everything only to have to load it all up again when you are ready to move in.  And you do not have to rent a truck twice. 

4.  Loading and unloading portable storage units is extremely easy.  They are square and low to the ground.  You do not have to walk up and down a long ramp and do not have to pack around wheel wells and cabin space. 

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May 24, 2010

Why is PODS® afraid of 1-800-PACK-RAT?

About a week ago, we launched a contest on our Facebook page.  Basically, it invited our friends to guess how many golf balls would fit inside a 16 foot PACK-RAT storage unit.  We've had 25+ answers, with at least three self-identified college professors playing, some resorting to Euclidean geometry to answer the question.

Then, last week, we got 4 straight posts to our wall from someone identifying themself as a  PODS® facility manager.  They ranged from a guess, to a comment on the number that would fit in a  PODS® container, to "PODZILLA."  While not tremendously articulate, they got his point across.  Of course, we flagged them and deleted them, but I consider the gauntlet thrown down.

So, here's my suggestion.  Steel cage match.

Just kidding.  But, I would love to find a way to channel that competitive energy.  We're big fans of the Wounded Warrior Project.   Propose something, and if we win the challenge, you make a donation to them.  Everybody benefits and you don't have to worry about being flagged by Facebook for spam.      

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