One storage pod brand, PODS, revolutionized the way people moved and stored their stuff in 1998, and now others have followed suit with similar portable storage containers, often simply called storage pods or moving containers. While moving services and moving trucks make moving easier, they also tend to be more expensive and less convenient. Storage pods—a combination moving truck and storage unit in one—are a great alternative with no time constraints. But your experience won’t be as orderly or time-saving if you don’t know how to efficiently and securely pack a storage pod.
How the Process Starts
The company you rent from will deliver an empty storage pod to your home and leave it at ground level for easy loading and unloading. A storage pod can stay on your property for as long as you need it, unless local regulations prohibit doing so. This gives you plenty of time to pack your storage pod. When you are ready to move the unit, the company moves it for you to your new home or to a storage facility. Storage pods are waterproof and weatherproof, and most hold one or two rooms of stuff.
Preparing your Stuff
Before you pack the storage pod, you’ll need to prepare your stuff properly for this type of storage container. In order for your items to best fit in the unit, use as many of the same sized boxes as possible. Don’t overload boxes, but aim for a firm pack for greater protection and reinforce the bottom and top of the boxes with tape. That way you’ll have strong boxes you can build sturdy walls with throughout the storage pod.
What to Load When and How
Where you load your things it’s important to create a solid foundation that won’t shift during transportation so your items won’t get damaged during the move.
Fragile and Important Stuff
Not everything you own should go in your storage pod.
Keep your valuables, heirlooms, legal documents, important papers, and any essentials separate and keep them with you when you move. While storage pods are generally a safe way to move your things, it’s better not to chance the loss or damage of such items.
Securing and protecting your items
Take some extra steps to make sure your stuff is safely secured and protected inside the storage pod.
“Most damage occurs from people rushing to load or unload a container. When people are packing or unpacking after a long and stressful day, they can get a little clumsy or careless,” according to Ross Black, owner of Simple Box, one company offering a type of portable storage container. Taking the extra time and planning to pack your storage pod carefully will make unpacking easier and quicker while eliminating the unnecessary stress caused by dealing with broken, damaged items.
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