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Flexibility is Key to Escrow Process

You just bought your new home and the buying process with the Realtor, mortgage company and escrow service are all in motion. Packing is well underway and you have determined what you can live with over the next few weeks rather than packing everything in boxes. You have a closing date and everyone in the family is excited. Everything is a go, or so you think.

The exact date of escrow these days can sometimes shift by a day, a week or even several weeks. Where does that leave you? You have presumably already provided a moving date at the current residence, the utilities have been scheduled for disconnection and switched to your new location, items you use daily are in boxes and the moving company has been prepaid to show up on a predetermined day. Now, the moving date has been delayed a few weeks, the movers can not show up on your new date, you lose your moving deposit, and you find yourself in transition – between homes – needing temporary storage.

The problem? Escrow was delayed with no confirmed date provided, leaving your family in limbo. Solution, call PODS, to store everything until the new home closed, then had the PODS containers delivered to her new address.”

Moving can be stressful on families during this hectic time. If you are not exact on your date, or the date changes, PODS can accommodate moving and storage needs on your timeframe, leaving you in control of the move. PODS offers the following tips to homeowners.

5 tips to remaining flexible during a move:
1. Expect the unexpected. A closing escrow date is never guaranteed until you have signed all documents and are officially presented with keys to your residence.
2. Plan ahead when packing your home. Label each box clearly and keep a list of items in 3. Do not pack items you may need to use on a daily basis. Items to hold out until moving day include personal hygiene, medications, at least one week of clothing, phone books and a folder with all moving records.
4. Stay connected. Leave your home computer connected until the actual moving day to allow for important communication.
5. Let there be light (and heat). Allow for overlapping services with electric, gas and other utilities to avoid shut-off while you are still in residence.

December 29, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

PODS franchisees join together to donate to Toys for Tots of Boston

PODS Enterprises are coming together to help Toys for Tots in Boston after a terrible incident happened over the weekend, toys were stolen from the container that we suppose to be delivered to the children, see how you can help make sure these children have a Merry Christmas.

(Clearwater, Fla.) – PODS Enterprises, Inc. and its franchise network have come together to provide cash donations to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots in Boston after thieves broke into a container on Dec. 18 that was stored on-site at a Toys for Tots location.

“Any theft is a violation but stealing toys that were intended for underprivileged children is particularly offensive,” said George Spowart, PODS vice president of marketing. “This unfortunate situation has given an opportunity to the Boston community, as they so often do, to rally behind a cause. We are proud that our Boston franchise and other PODS´ franchisees have rallied by donating additional containers as well as money and presents to try to right this wrong.”

This holiday season PODS franchisees and corporate-owned locations across the U.S. have donated more than 150 containers to serve as collection points for the Toys for Tots program. The first wave of donated PODS containers was delivered in early October 2010.

“It´s heartwarming to have so many of our fellow PODS franchisees from across the country pitch in and add to our $1,000 donation to help jump-start the collection process,” said Tim Greene, manager of the PODS franchise in Boston. “Toys for Tots has been a big part of our annual giving back to the community program and we are happy to help out in any way we can.”

“We are terribly disappointed this happened but are thrilled with the response of the Boston community and PODS,” said Bill Grein, USMC Toys for Tots Foundation vice president of marketing and a retired U.S. Marine. “This kind of community involvement is exactly why we developed a relationship with PODS.”

The objectives of the annual Toys for Tots drive are to help children in need experience the joy of Christmas, to nurture the development of children, to unite members of local communities in a common cause and to contribute to the future betterment of communities. In the 63 years since the Toys for Tots program began, the U.S. Marine Corps has distributed more than 419 million toys to more than 195 million underprivileged children.

PODS interview contacts:

PODS of Boston

Tim Greene, franchise owner-operator

Mike Greene, franchise owner-operator

(407) 948-5390



Media content provided by: Consortium Media Services

Thank you for taking the time to read this, we will continue to help make sure kids have a Merry Christmas, and wishing all of you a Merry Christmas from PODS.

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Moving | , , | Leave a comment

The Joy Of Moving

The Bottom Line Moving takes a lot of planning, but with being organized & planning, will help in the long run. Make lists, that will really help.

When moving, never just take the first thing that comes along. you will have to be there awhile, so choose wisley.

We have moved enough times and, we kind of have a routine that makes moving a little less painful & stressful. I am a very organized person & a stickler for detail. I start planning the move visually in my mind. I write lists of to-do’s. Here are some of my tips. I hope it is helpful.

Try to collect boxes of different sizes,when you are looking to move. It helps to have them on hand & ready to use.Also make sure to have tape on hand.

Tip #1 Make note of the number of windows you will have. Will you need new curtains & rods, hooks etc.Will you need electrical extension cords? Light Bulbs are a must have. Also you may need rugs,get the right size. Make sure you will have plenty of cleaning supplies,to clean old & new place. Tally up cost of everything you need, before you spend, so you know.

Tip #2 Clean out all junk,give it away, throw it away, but get rid of it. there is nothing worse than packing & moving things you don’t need. It just makes more work.

Tip #3 Go to the Post Office and,get the change of address cards,as soon as possible, make them out & keep them in a safe place till needed.

Tip#4 Call all the utilitie companies, to change your service, also credit cards, Insurance companies, Banks etc.,as soon as possible. You should do this at least 2 weeks in advance. You should also call & have a moving truck reserved if needed, also get all your moving help lined up,for the big day. You don’t want to end up carring everything yourself.

Tip#5 Try to sort and, pack as much as possible to start, then gradually pack what’s not needed as the days go by. The last few days, pack as much that won’t be needed as possible.

Tip#6 I use towels, sheets & blankets to pack breakables, such as:Knick knacks, & dishes. Also by using them , it is less to pack separately & move. Plus I’ve never had anything get broken in a move.

Tip#7 Also if you can move things in gradually before, the big day. This is what I do: I take my pictures & curtains and unpack & hang them up. I always wash my curtains before moving. I also bring what dishes and, closet clothes that I can & put them away as well. Also small pieces of furniture as well. This will help, when you move the rest of the stuff in. You won’t have 10 million boxes in the way and to un-pack.

Tip#8 Try to keep up on housework in the old place. I know it’s hard, but in the long run it will be less work, when you leave, you will be sure to get your deposit back. you also need to make sure the place is in good shape when you leave. There will be the normal wear & tear, don’t let the owner take advantage of you & they do try, they want to keep that extra buck.


It’s almost over and, you are halfway there. The help has arrived and, you have the truck. We like to take the biggest pieces first, while this is going on, I am packing the last of the things we needed to use.The next trip, all the smaller things & some boxes. Now everything is out, go back after last trip & check to make sure you have’nt missed anything, and place is clean. Notify Landlord you are out. do not give keys back, till you get deposit back.

“Whew” moving is a lot of work. But you are not done yet! You still have to finish un packing ( groan)

One Last Note :) Pizza & wings & beer party, for the people who help you move in.

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PODS Englewood Music Festival

The 2nd Annual PODS Englewood Music Festival is a family friendly event. Music alternates between two stages, culminating with a national headliner at sunset. Events include a BBQ Cook-Off held by local restaurants, and other activities including a kids zone play area, beer sampling, wine tasting and more.

Read more: http://events.bradenton.com/englewood-fl/events/show/155598165-pods-englewood-music-festival#ixzz175NB7Kuc

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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