A Guide to Using PODs for Your Storage Needs

Looking for the best solution for your storage needs? PODs offer the ultimate in safety, convenience, and affordability not just for businesses but for individuals as well.

What Are PODs and How Do They Work?

A POD is a storage and moving system where the service provider drops off, picks up, and transports your belongings for you.

If your moving and storage company offer this solution, you can get a free self-storage quote online simply by entering your contact details and requirements. This online form is an excellent way to get an idea of the requirements, terms, options, costs and accessories for this storage option. Once you are ready, just inform them so they will deliver your POD to your home.

You may choose to pack your things on your own as well and load all of it into the storage POD whenever you want to. Once you are done packing and loading your belongings, contact the moving and storage company to have the storage container picked-up and be delivered to a storage facility.

But remember that you have the option to store the unit onsite, which means that the POD can stay in your place for as long as you want. With its weatherproof cover, the storage unit can be left outside regardless of how harsh the weather gets. The empty POD will only be collected once you are done using it.

If you choose your service provider carefully, you can even have your items packed and moved for free. These include packing, loading, dismantling furniture and transport. Moreover, they will provide free insurance for each POD. All you need to pay for are the high-quality packing materials and supplies that will be used.

5 Benefits of Using PODs

1.     Convenience

Convenience is probably the best benefit of using mobile storage. The PODs you want to hire will directly be delivered to where your items will be packed, either at home, in your office, apartment, campus or construction site.

Moreover, you will know exactly how to pack your things into the storage unit. This means that you do not have to wonder if you have packed too little or too much.

2.     Flexibility

PODs offer flexibility that the other storage options don’t. You can store your unit on-site when necessary, which is usually a plus factor if your home is to undergo kitchen renovation or termite control service. PODs provide you with an extra, accessible space where you can store some of your belongings.

Many construction companies prefer using this portable storage unit whenever they have a project in remote areas. They store their equipment and tools here until the project is complete.

Regardless of how you want to use the PODs, it gives you the best option with added flexibility.

3.     Mobility

Due to the fact that the storage unit will be delivered directly to your place, it will save you from the added task of hiring a moving truck as well as unloading when you reach the storage facility.

This is called a mobile storage because of its ease of transport. Your unit will be transported and stored in an air-conditioned warehouse exactly as you packed it. Everything can be easily done using a single portable storage.

4.     Affordability

By using a portable storage unit, you’ll get significant savings from not leasing a moving truck. Also, you will be freed from the stress of worrying about the added truck rental cost in case you will need the vehicle longer. Indeed, a portable storage is a great option if you want to reduce spending costs associated with storing your belongings.

5.     Security and Durability

Like the traditional storage units, a POD will provide you with temperature-controlled protection and security. Most importantly, PODs placed inside a secured facility will also be under a watchful protection. For on-site storage PODs, remember that they are made from high-quality materials that are secure and strong.

In fact, because of how durable and reliable PODs are, they are sometimes used as workstations and emergency shelters during times of emergency and strong storms.

3 Items You Should Not Store in PODs

PODs will allow you to store different items, but not everything! Here are some items that you should not store in these storage units. Some of these may look too obvious but they can sometimes be ignored.

1.     Food

Food includes both perishable and non-perishable goods. Aside from spoilage, they can also attract unwanted guests, including rodents and flies.

2.     Plants and Animals

Be aware that storage containers are not designed to house living things. Furthermore, they are not meant to stock the remains of your loved ones who passed away.

3.     Hazardous Materials

It seems obvious not to store hazardous materials but there are things you may think are not toxic. This may include some cleaning, gardening and pest control supplies.

Basically, anything that contains gas or petrol, even those empty gas bottles, is not allowed in PODs. You should not also store cleaning materials that have alcohol, paint, and corrosives.

Aside from these, other items that should not be placed inside PODs include stolen properties, explosives, gunpowder, fireworks, vehicles, electronics, and artwork that can be compromised when stored for a long period of time.

With the many benefits this storage option offers and the different items you can store in it, the use of PODs is definitely a wise investment for your storage needs. Just make sure to work with the best service provider in your area. And don’t forget to take advantage of their discounted offers.

AUTHOR BIO

Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.

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