When moving, most people think about renting a truck, and if they need storage, a self storage unit. Those are some traditional methods of moving and storing your things, but today there’s another option: moving pods. If you’re not sure which route is best for you, we’ve got some facts about moving pods that can help you decide. Read on to discover what to consider when renting a moving pod, and make your next move less stressful.
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What is a Moving Pod?
While the name sounds unique, a moving pod is nothing more than a portable storage container. (If you know what a container house is, Pods use the same, albeit smaller, containers.) Think of a moving pod like a box trailer without wheels. Moving container companies deliver the pod to your home, where you can fill it with your items. (No flammables or food, of course.)
Moving pods are water-resistant and have a garage-type rolling door that you can lock. That makes them a secure option. Moving pods can be convenient because you can load them while they sit in your driveway. You can also rent them for different amounts of time; for example, if you have to leave your old home but your new home isn’t ready yet. Loading a pod is also easier because they sit at ground level, so there’s no ramp to ascend.
Questions to Ask Before Renting a Moving Pod
You need to ask yourself several important questions before you rent a moving pod. Because while they offer many benefits, moving pods, like any option, can also have downsides.
Do You Need Long-Term Storage?
If you need long-term storage, renting a moving pod might not be the best choice. That’s because, when filled, your pod will need to be kept somewhere. If you don’t have a driveway, you’ll need to make arrangements to store your moving pod. Even if you have a driveway, your HOA may not permit you to leave it there. If not, renting a storage unit would be a better choice.
Are the Things You Plan to Store Very Valuable?
The thing about moving pods is that, while weather resistant, you really can’t call them weatherproof. Most will leak, at least a little, which can be bad news for antiques, artwork, and other valuable objects. Plus, although they lock, cutting the lock off a moving pod and getting inside is not impossible. If you’re storing valuable items, a temperature-controlled storage unit is the better choice by far.
Are you Renovating, Remodeling, or Staging your Home?
A moving pod can be a good choice if you’re renovating your home. It gives you a relatively safe place to put your furniture and other belongings during the project that will keep them dirt, dust, and gunk-free. Putting stuff in a moving pod also makes perfect sense if you’re staging your home to sell. That way, your home will feel like it’s bigger and has more space. (We won’t tell if you won’t!)
Are you Moving to Another State?
When moving to another state, you need to be sure your moving pod can cross state lines. Also, make sure the moving pod rental company has the trucks to move you to your new home. More importantly, ask yourself this; do you know how to pack and load a pod for a truck trip? Remember, it will be subjected to many bumps, bangs, and bounces on the road. If you don’t know how to pack things and load them well, items will get destroyed en route. Hiring a full-service moving company might be a better choice if you have valuable items.
So, Should you Rent a Moving Pod or a Storage Container?
Moving pods offer convenience, but a storage unit is probably better if you need to store things long-term. Storage units offer better security, with 24/7 video cameras, keypad-controlled gate entrances, and on-site managers. Storage units are also weatherproof and will protect your things well from the weather. You can also rent a climate controlled storage unit to protect highly valuable items. (You can’t do that with a moving pod.)
Moving pod storage is a good choice if you’re renovating your home. They are a fantastic choice for local moves and might be better than renting a U-Haul moving truck. For long-distance moves where the house is ready on the other end, portable storage containers are an OK choice. Although they come in several container sizes, a professional moving company is always our first choice for long-distance moves. At the end of the day, you certainly have several storage options and pricing options. If you still have questions, this moving guide might help.
Make Your Move a Breeze with SecurCare Self Storage
Moving can be a stressful affair. SecurCare Self Storage can reduce that stress substantially. We offer safe, secure storage facilities with several storage unit sizes at each location. If you’re between homes, a storage unit can be a great way to keep your things safe while you search. Additionally, SecurCare offers renter’s insurance, and all our storage units are monthly rentals. You’ll never get stuck in a long-term storage contract with SecurCare! Call, contact us, or visit your local SecurCare Self Storage location today for help with all your storage needs.