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.

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About Jack Grant

I got my start in the moving industry as a driver for a budget apartment mover. I owned my own one ton pick-up truck, or should I say, Bank of America owned the truck. It was a hot summer and I made ok money. It didn???t take long before I started having problems with this company. Nothing affected me directly, not at first. I showed up at 6 am, hitched my truck to a trailer, picked up my move tickets for the day, and kept to myself. Then I started having problems with the way the company treated its customers, as well as, some of its movers. There were days I was overbooked, and could not get to all the jobs on time. There was also moves that were underbooked. Customers were given a low price just to get their business, then on move day they would be over charged on additional items that they wanted moved. I would arrive at a $600 move, call in the additional furniture only to find the move price to be doubled, but there didn???t seem to be twice the amount of items. The real problem I saw from the customer's point of view was what kind of crew they got. It was the luck of the draw. I considered myself to be a professional, treating the customers??? furniture with the same respect that I would want to receive if I was the one being moved. It seemed that they would hire anyone that could pull their trailers; no experience, no background checks, no drug tests, no English, no ethics???no problem. I started to feel out of place. I remember that one of their drivers lost a trailer on the highway. The budget apartment mover tried to make him pay for all the damages, even though it was a worn out trailer hitch that was to blame. The equipment was not properly maintained. After three months pulling for the budget apartment mover, I resigned and went to work for a local independent moving company. The trailers were well maintained, as well as, the moving equipment. The quality of the movers was a lot better too. I worked there as a driver for a little over three years. In 2001 my friend started a moving company, a new kind of moving company. A moving company with upfront pricing, an instant online quoting system, and online testimonials. In 2001, no one that I knew had an online message board for folks to post their comments or an actual instant online quoting system. Email forums were all that was used and is still the standard in most moving companies to this day. ???We will get most of our business from repeat customers and referrals if we set the benchmark for quality,??? he told me. I started at as a driver in spring 2001, just in time for the moving season. Soon I was running packing crews, and doing onsite bids as well. MoveCo did not have a sales force; the drivers did all the in-home estimates; Having the actual driver do the bid eliminated lots of misunderstandings. I became proficient at everything from crating nine foot sailfish, to moving grand pianos. I was able to see the country, moving folks coast to coast. I have met a lot of interesting and good people along the way. is proof a good deal of stress and all the horror stories can be eliminated with fair pricing, quality service, and no misunderstandings. MoveCo started adding box trucks to the fleet early on. Box trucks were more capable and I always felt gave a better image. I started going to the industry conference and discovered there really is a wide range of moving companies and service levels. The budget apartment movers might be a step up from a guy and a rental truck off craigslist, but on the other end of the spectrum you have the National Van Lines and top notch independents. In the moving business you are only as a good as your reputation. MoveCo has built that reputation over the last 15 years. I am proud to be a part of the MoveCo family. I hope you find this information in this blog useful. I may not be a professional writer, but I am a professional mover with over 18 year???s experience.