PODS and other companies that offer portable storage containers have given people another option in moving and storage. ??People contact the company, set up a date, and they deliver the storage container on one day and pick up the container on another day.
The standard size is 16 feet. ??If you need storage, this could be a great option. ??Just like regular self storage units, PODS often have deals, discounts, and coupons.
People often hire movers to load their storage container(s). ??Here are a few problems I have seen folks run into, so take note and learn from someone else???s mistakes. ??Find out what the cost is for additional storage containers at the last minute. ??People are notorious for underestimating how much storage space they will need. ??If you get a 16 foot container, it is not the same as a 16 feet worth of moving truck space. ??Storage containers are not as wide and they???re shorter. ??(Unless you are using shipping containers. ??
Get the storage container delivered ahead of time. ??Don???t ??let an unexpected delay put a crimp in your moving plans.
Make sure you have rented plenty of pads to protect your belongings. ??In addition to the to the road vibration of transit, ??the containers will be moved around with a forklift at the warehouse. People think because it is a storage container, they will need less blankets, when in reality, they will need more. ??If your furniture is not secure and padded, it will be damaged.
Compare the cost of the total move. ??Hiring movers to load and unload your storage container, plus the cost of the container itself, pad rental, and storage adds up. ??Sometimes it???s more cost effective to just have a professional moving company take care of all of it. ??There is less hassle with a turnkey operation, and insurance is included. ??With storage units and storage containers alike, you are ???self insured, ??? you are responsible.
Some freight companies will drop off a semi trailer at your house. ??You have predetermined time to load the trailer. ??The trailer is picked up by the freight company, driven to your new place, and dropped off once again for you to unload. ??The network of drivers and logistical specialists help make this cost effective, especially for long distance moves. ??If you ever saw an ABF Truck pulling three semi trailers, you have seen Truck by the foot in action. ??Sometimes it takes longer to get your stuff from point A to point B, because you are on their schedule.
Your are responsible for damages and need to provide your own packing blankets, same as if you rented a truck. ??People often hire professional moving companies to provide skilled labor to both load and unload the semi trailer. ??Professional movers bring their own dollies, It is just like hiring a crew to load your U HAUL, while you save the big bucks driving the long haul. ??This is a welcome vacation of the DIY truck rental.