Portable storage containers have found their place in the moving and storage industry. Often referred to as pods (portable on demand storage), these containers can be deposited at a location for you to load with your contents. The pod can be used as temporary storage at your location or picked up and moved to a pod storage center. When you are ready to unpack your belongings, the pod will be delivered to you. This is where pods can enter into the cross country move process.
If there is a period of time between leaving one residence and moving into another, the pod can hold your items in storage until you are ready for delivery. The location your pod is delivered to for unloading can be anywhere in the country – well, almost anywhere.
Check Your City Ordinances and Permit Requirements
Lior Rachmany, owner of Dumbo Moving and Storage in Brooklyn, New York encourages those considering the use of pods for moving or storage to check with your destination city before making plans. In New York City, for instance, you will be required to obtain a permit in order to have the pod at your location for the day of loading or unloading. Don’t depend on the pod service to determine whether a permit is needed or not; check for yourself. Also, be sure to check if the pod service has any restrictions on which areas or zip codes they deliver to.
Often times, whether it is unloading a pod or a moving truck, city’s require that you get a temporary no parking permit and post signs around the area where you will be loading or unloading your household items. To avoid the hassle that can be involved with any permitting process, check out MovingPermits.com. This website helps you through the permitting process for your city and will also provide the necessary signs for posting at your location.
Different Sizes for Different Home Sizes
Ryan Carrigan, founder of moveBuddha.com, a website that helps with planning long-distance moves, has worked in the moving industry for the last eight years. He provides the following guidance regarding moving pods cross country:
“Uhaul, ABF Upack, and Mayflower/United all have relocation cubes or small boxes that can fit roughly a studio apartment. Companies like PODS, Packrat, and DoortoDoor have larger containers that can fit entire homes. Portable storage containers are generally expensive if you are just moving. If your move requires storage (waiting on a house to close) then they become affordable.”
Carrigan suggests another option for a cross country move: “There are also freight companies who will drop off a 28 foot freight trailer at your door. Freight is my favorite option for long distance moves. Upack and Estessuremove are the top companies.”
As always, be sure to check out a pod service the same as you would any other moving company. Look for reviews online that relate to long-distance moves and check for complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau. A move across the country has plenty of stress factors attached to it. You want to make sure that your household contents are delivered to your new home in a safe and timely manner.
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