What was the most positive aspect of the interaction with PODS? – November 2013

Everything   was done as promised. ”11/30/2013
Very   manageable product. I would use it again. ”11/29/2013
The   drivers ”11/29/2013
All the   employees were knowledgeable, helpful and polite. ”11/28/2013
The   drivers were great! ”11/25/2013
Excellent   drivers and phone line help ”11/23/2013
That   every thing worked. ”11/21/2013
Drivers ”11/16/2013
everyone   knowledgeable, and professional ”11/15/2013
went   wejj ”11/14/2013
The chat   functionality on the site is extremely helpful. I can’t imagine calling into   a help line every time I had a question or to change my order. ”11/12/2013
Stored   my things and nothing was broken in transit! Great way to have my items   safely stored while we were staging house!! ”11/12/2013
more   time to get packes up and loaded, friendly and effecient and skilled drivers ”11/05/2013
The   staff handling the dely and p/u. ”11/03/2013

What was the most positive aspect of the interaction with PODS? – October 2013

The   driver and the phone service was wonderful Thank you ”10/31/2013
they   were friendly and helpful with every aspect of a very quick and stressful   move ”10/29/2013
CD was   the gentleman who deliveried 3 out or 4 PODS. What a GEM!!. He called on his   way up the hill each time. He was so polite, had a sense of humor and was   very helpful. Everytime I called PODS ( sometimes in a panic) they were   helpful and I had an email confirming the changes I made. I have not moved in   15 years and PODS is the only way I will go in the future. ”10/29/2013
Great   and friendly drivers ”10/29/2013
All info   was upfront. ”10/28/2013
Had a   place to store stuff. ”10/28/2013
Delivery   driver was terrific. Pick up driver was really early, but very nice. The   people recommended to load the POD were absolutely great, so fast,   professional and very careful of our stuff. So I guess your people are the   best thing about you including the two I talked to on the phone. ”10/26/2013
It was   very simple! I had a lot going on with the move and the PODs experience   didn’t add any stress. ”10/26/2013
All of   the drivers were awesome. Each one was pleasant, helpful and listened to what   my needs were. They made things easier for me to deal with during the   stressful time of moving. Those drivers/operators are the strength of your   company, take good care of them and take the time to listen to their   suggestions. ”10/26/2013
Call   befor delivery and pickup. ”10/25/2013
The   drivers were wonderful and extremely helpful! ”10/23/2013
They   did what they said they would do. Were on time with delivery and pick up.   very friendly service. ”10/22/2013
enthusiasm   of your customer services rep ”10/20/2013
All of   it: fast response, fast delivery post disaster and willing to deliver through   barricades and closed roads, price, and flexibility in timing of pick-up. ”10/18/2013
Ease to   use ”10/17/2013

Repurposing A Spare Room

Summer is winding down, and college kids are packing up. Ahead of them lie new friends, new challenges, and new adventures. Behind them? Empty bedrooms for their parents to use however they please.

Of course, most parents don’t immediately think of repurposing their college kid’s bedroom. But why not? With PODS, you can keep your kid’s belongings safe and readily accessible while creating a functional space for the people who live in your home right now.

Read on for our three favorite ways to update an unused bedroom, plus tips for furniture, layout, and design.

Home Office

Regardless of whether you have a traditional desk job, a home office can be a useful place to check email, pay bills, or enjoy a favorite hobby. Think for a moment about how a home office could serve your needs, then build a space that does exactly that.

Desk For some people, a large, clear work table is vital to getting things done. Others just need a small space to perch a laptop. If multiple people are going to want to use your new office, side-by-side (or back-to-back) desks might be the perfect solution for you.

Storage Are you a “paper person,” or do you prefer to scan and back up important documents online? Is a traditional file cabinet sufficient, or do you need shelving for books and supplies? Where are your family’s birth certificates, financial records, and passports? Items like these really ought to be kept in a fireproof safe.

Closet Take some creative license with your closet. Clear out the clothes and place a wireless printer there. Or invest in a custom storage solution for art and sewing supplies.

Home Gym

If you’re looking for an easy way to stay active, consider converting your spare bedroom into a gym. You’ll get to work out privately and on your own schedule. Best of all, there’s no membership fee.

Equipment

Treadmills and elliptical machines are popular choices, but you could also construct a circuit training course complete with weights, jump rope, and an exercise ball.

Flooring If the room is carpeted, you might want to replace the carpet with hardwood. Then top it off with a mat for yoga or Pilates – or leave it wide open and practice your kickboxing moves.

Electronics If you use exercise DVDs or fitness video games, it’s helpful to mount your TV. If music motivates you, consider a sound system. A small fridge stocked with water will remind you to stay hydrated – and that’s critical to any fitness routine.

Guest Bedroom

Of course, your kids will still need a place to crash when they come home for the holidays, but it doesn’t have to look like the room they left behind. Take down their fading concert posters, pack their belongings into a PODS container, and remake the space into a sophisticated guest bedroom for friends and family of all ages.

Bed The most important piece of furniture in your guest room is obviously the bed. You don’t have to spend a fortune (especially if the bed will get only occasional wear), but be sure to consider all your options. A trundle bed or sleeper sofa frees up space during the day, but a queen will be more comfortable for couples and older adults.

Décor  Design the room in a way that makes it feel warm and welcoming, but don’t go overboard. The biggest luxury you can offer guests is space to spread out, so limit knickknacks and decorative items. A few empty drawers, an uncluttered nightstand, and an open luggage rack will go a long way toward making guests feel welcome in your home.

Bathroom If your guest room has an adjacent bathroom, spruce it up with fluffy towels and rugs and a few simple decorations. Then double-check to make sure it’s stocked with the necessities: toilet paper, tissue, and some nicely scented soap.

 

Nine Tips For Moving With Pets

Whether you’re moving just a few blocks, across the country or all the way around the globe, it can be an extremely stressful time for humans. Our beloved pets, who can only sense that their comfy lives are about to change, may actually become more anxious about a move than people. PODS wants to offer 9 tips to help make the transition to your new home as smooth and safe as possible for you, your family and your four-legged friends.

1. UPDATE CONTACT INFO – Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an updated identification tag labeled with your new contact information. The tag should include your destination location and cell phone number where you can be reached during the move. If your animal is micro-chipped, make sure to update your address and phone number with the company as soon as you arrive at your new home.

2. THE VET – Before the big day, get a complete vet check for your pet. If you have a nervous animal, consider talking to your vet about the potential need for medication for pets that don’t like to travel, or get motion sick. Be sure to bring a copy of all records and vaccinations with you for a seamless transition. Have your current vet’s phone number handy in case of an emergency during or shortly after the move. If you’re relocating to a new town, ask your current vet for a recommendation for a new vet. If they are unable to recommend a new clinic, get a referral from a new neighbor or co-worker when you get to your location.

3. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – The documents pertaining to your pet’s health and safety are important, but what’s required can significantly vary from location to location. Depending on your destination, your pet may need additional vaccinations, medications, and health certificates. You may be asked to show these documents at anytime, especially when traveling, so it’s wise to keep them handy. Any or all of the following may be required:

  • Health Certificate: Most states require a health certificate for dogs; many states require one for cats and other pets as well. The certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian and be no more than 10 days old. Up-to-date inoculation records should accompany it. Check with your veterinarian or animal-control agency for the state’s requirements.
  • Permits: You may need to purchase a permit before your exotic pet can enter your new home state. Ask your veterinarian to help with the application process.
  • Rabies Tag: All but four states require dogs to have rabies inoculation, and a number have the same regulation for cats. State and local laws usually stipulate that the rabies tag be securely attached to the pet’s collar.
  • New Laws & Regulations: Pet laws and ordinances vary by state, city and even neighborhood. Talk to local police, animal control, humane organizations or your homeowners’ association to learn about leash laws, vaccine requirements, restrictive breed laws, noise ordinances or other regulations that may affect your pet.

4. FOOD AND SUPPLIES – It’s a good idea to pack a separate bag with several days worth of food and at least a week’s worth of medication.  You may want to ask your vet for an extra prescription refill before you move.  If your animal is on prescription food you may want to purchase an extra supply in case you can’t find the food right away in your new area.  If possible bring a gallon of water from your old home, because water characteristics change regionally.  Don’t forget cat litter if you’re traveling with your feline.  Most cats can travel for 8 to 10 hours without having to use a litter box, but it never hurts to bring along a disposable litter box for emergencies or overnight stops.  And, last but not least toys, bones and a familiar blanket or bed can help ease the transition.

5. IN A HOTEL – If your move requires you to stop for the night, be sure to make advance reservations at pet-friendly accommodations.  In recent years, many hotels have begun to roll out the red carpet for pets.  However, it’s best to call the actual hotel and verify their pet policies.  Many pet-friendly hotels have a limited number of rooms available for people with pets, or have limitations on the size and number of dogs and cats.  Sites like PetsWelcome.com and BringFido.com list tons of travel information including hotels that accept multiple pets and exotic animals.

6. IN THE CAR – If you’re traveling by car, safety comes first.  Cats and small dogs can be put in a carrier in the back seat that can be secured with a seat belt.  A bigger dog can be moved in a kennel in the back of a truck or SUV.  Special car harnesses that are secured with the seatbelt are also available.  Some animals feel safer and more secure if you throw a blanket over their carrier during the car ride so they can’t see the environment changing outside.  Cats, who especially dislike car travel, do best in a carrier as opposed to roaming around on the floor.  Give your pet a while to get accustomed to the new restraint by trying it on short trips around town before the big day.

7. AIR TRAVEL – Flying with your pet can be an extra stressful experience for both you and your pet, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Plan any air travel with your pet as far in advance as possible.  Ask the airline about approved carriers and extra costs for your pet. You need to determine if your pet can travel with you in the cabin, in the baggage area, or in a temperature-controlled holding area. In the hot summer and cold winter months, it’s very important to confirm the temperature of the travel area for your pet.  For more information on air travel regulations, check out the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website.  If you are traveling out of the country with your pet, visit the USDA’s website for further requirements.

8. CONSIDER A MOVING SERVICE – A professional pet moving service is an excellent idea especially if you are making a long or complicated move.  These services aren’t cheap, but can be very helpful during a big move. Your pet is precious cargo, so how do you find a company that you can trust?  The Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) is a network of companies founded in 1979.  All of the pet moving services in this network are registered with the USDA and must adhere to the rules and regulations for the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act.  Pet moving services can assist you with pick-up, delivery, flight reservations, travel safe kennels, health and vet certificates, as well as domestic and international documentation.

9. PREP YOUR NEW HOME — Once everyone arrives in your new home, pets may be frightened and confused by their new surroundings. To help put them at ease, immediately set out all the familiar and necessary items your pet will need: food, water, bed, litter box, toys, etc. Pack and label these items in a handy spot so they can be unpacked right away. In the past, more than a few pets have escaped and tried to return to their old home.  Until they get comfortable and feel safe in your new place, keep all external windows and doors closed when your pet is unsupervised.  Be cautious of narrow gaps behind or between appliances where nervous pets may try to hide.

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PODS For Moving – Questions & Answers

You have probably heard about PODS portable storage containers and how they make moving easier. If you have not actually used PODS before, you will have questions. Read these questions and answers for help.

 

What are PODS containers?

 

PODS stands for Portable On Demand Storage. These units are essentially boxes with aluminum skin panels over steel-frames. Each unit is covered by a translucent polymer material that lets in light so you can see while inside. The units also have a lightweight door made of steel that rolls up and down to open and close. The door is equipped with a lock as well.

 

Can Water Enter a PODS container?

While not waterproof, the units are weather-resistant and stand up well to the elements. When partially loaded, a unit can stand up to 110 mph winds. PODS containers can stand up to storms, but perhaps not a flood.

 

How to I know my property won’t be damaged during the move?

 

PODS containers are made with eyehooks every four feet inside the container to make strapping the contents down easy. PODS trucks are equipped with special lift systems that ensure the PODS unit stays level and the contents do not shift. If you are still worried about damage from bumpy roads, PODS does offer content protection agreements.

 

How many PODS will it take to move all my belongings?

The typical 3-bedroom house may need an 8x8x12 container or an 8x8x16 unit. If you are relocating long distance, choose the larger unit. Understand that these sizes are approximately and the size to choose is ultimately up to you.

 

I need two container deliveries but there is only room for one at my home. What should I do?

 

PODS can stagger container deliveries. We’ll drop off an empty container and pick up your full one.

 

Does PODS offer a packing and loading service?

 

While PODS does not offer this service, we can easily refer you to a company that does. Ask an agent.

 

How quickly do I have to get my container loaded?

That’s entirely up to you. Keep the unit as long as you want, unless your town restricts it.

 

How do I get a PODS container sent to my home?

Just give us a call. In most cases, your PODS unit can be delivered the very next day.

 

What if I have to move out of my house, but I don’t have a new home yet?

You can have your PODS unit delivered to one of our secure storage centers instead of sending it to another home. When you know where you will be living, just call us. We’ll send your containers back to you.

 

What does it cost to move with PODS?

Moving with PODS is sometimes cheaper than renting a truck and doing it yourself. It is always cheaper than hiring a moving company to load and move your belongings. The cost will depend on several factors. There will be delivery charges, transportation charges, and potential storage costs. Call for a quote to get a better idea of the cost.

 

PODS Saving Your Business Money!

Saving money for your small business is important, but finding time to pack and move your office in between your regular job duties is hard. If you are moving on short notice it’s even harder. But there is a way to move on short notice, save money and get it done without working an 80-hour week. You can rent a PODS container, an affordable way to move and storage goods that takes less time, hassle and expense.

 

PODS stands for Portable On Demand Storage. These units are popular among small businesses because they are customizable, scalable and offer flexible terms of use. Because a PODS unit fits in a standard car’s parking space, it’s easy to get the container on site and ready to load. The container will not distract from your regular business or be in the way for customers.

 

PODS are durable storage containers made of high-grade steel and waterproof plywood reinforced with aluminum. The units are secure, giving you the only access. You can load your office equipment and lock the container at night without worrying about a break in. The container can even be kept more secure during the move through GPS tracking equipment. You can order a PODS unit with a dehumidifier or air conditioner to provide the optimal environment for your equipment, even when the elements do not.

 

Looking at your moving options, you have three choices. You can rent a truck, pack, load and drive everything to your new location. You could also hire a moving company, either to pack, load and drive, or just to load and drive. Or you could call for a PODS container, pack, load and let them do the moving. In looking at the costs versus benefits of these options, PODS wins and here’s why.

 

While renting a truck is the cheapest option, it involves moving equipment up a steep ramp on the back of the truck. This can easily lead to a workplace injury, especially for heavy items. There is also the concern of a major accident occurring while you drive an unfamiliar vehicle, putting your business assets and insurance rates at risk. Renting a truck to drive across country costs around $3,000.

 

When you pay a mover, you have to pay for the labor to load the truck, the truck use, labor for the drivers, fuel, and myriad other charges. In the end, the move will cost about $8,000 if you are moving cross-country. You also need to schedule your move around the company’s schedule.

 

If you move coast-to-coast with PODS, you’d pay around $4,000 for everything. You get your container the day after you ask for it and pick up is the same. You can load the container for an hour or two each day until it’s full, then call for pickup when you’re ready. Because the PODS container sits on level ground, you minimize the risk of worker injury. At a cost only slightly more than renting, and half the cost of hiring movers, PODS is the most logical choice for small businesses.

Make Your Move Easier With PODS

After months of searching, you finally landed the job of your dreams. The future looks bright ahead! But there’s a problem…you have to move 1,500 miles away to take the job.

 

If the idea of moving seems overwhelming to you, it’s time to think about some easier moving options. You don’t have to do it all yourself and you don’t have to shell out big bucks on a moving company. You can take the middle road with Portable On Demand Storage (PODS) containers instead. These convenient moving units take away the hassle of a moving truck and are only a little more expensive than doing it all yourself.

 

Asking for Help

 

You could probably call all your friends and get some help loading up a moving truck, but why inconvenience them when it is so easy to arrange for portable storage? You still pack all your things yourself, and you still have the peace of mind of loading things the way you know is best. But you don’t have to load everything up a rickety truck ramp or pack as much as you can in the back of your car. By renting a PODS container, you do all your loading on ground level, making for less lifting and less danger of injury. It’s also a lot faster to load on ground level than going up and down a ramp.

 

How PODS Works

 

With portable storage, you just call the PODS and order a container. The representative can help you estimate the size you need so you don’t waste money on a container that is bigger than necessary. The container will be delivered to your driveway the next day and you can start loading your boxes and furniture. Once you have everything inside and ready to go, you have two choices.

 

You can either leave the container at home until it’s time to move, or have it picked up and placed in their secure storage facility until the moving day comes. Either way, PODS will come out and load the container onto their truck. The specialized lift system ensures your careful loading is not toppled, because the container stays level every step of the way. You can then schedule your move so the container is delivered to your new home and ready for you when you arrive.

 

Call Around for a Price

 

If you are not so sure PODS containers are an easier way to move, get a quote on renting a truck and figure in all the extra time it would take you to load everything up the ramp, the cost of lunch and drinks for all the friends that help you, plus the cost of gas and mileage, then go get a quote from PODS. You’ll find the numbers are close to the same. In some cases, PODS will be even cheaper. Going with portable storage containers just makes more sense. You can make your move easier on you and your friends and may even save some money in the process.

 

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