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What Not To To with Your Luxury Sedan

Ok, is it just me, or is it a little strange to see a luxury sedan pulling a moving trailer filled to the brink, riding super low on the back axel springs.

It happened, and it took a moment for my brain to comprehend this ghastly sight. Then I took a picture, because, well – I was there!

At the max, this was a 6-cylinder engine pulling this monstrosity of a trailer, changing lanes right smack in front of me. A tall oak television cabinet was balanced between two mattresses, lamps toppled back and forth outside the rails and there was an overstuffed chair for grandpa to take a nap in.

Yeah. I rolled my eyes. Did you think I wouldn’t?

Two words: PODS® container.

That is all.

Email your moving pet peeves to me at movingdiva@gmail.com.

September 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oh Please! Allow PODS® to do the Heavy Lifting for You

I am not macho. I avoid heavy lifting whenever I can. I might break a nail or something. My teenage son has no problem telling me he can do it, so I let him.

PODS® is much the same, providing delivery and pick-up of a really big box (PODS® storage container) and taking all the weight of a relocation, renovation, remodel or as extra storage.

Recently, a PODS® container was delivered to our driveway as we set out to completely remodel our downstairs living areas. At ground level, my strong uncles removed heavy furniture and appliances into the open storage container and my teenager happily carried boxes until he was bored. Then, I took over with the light stuff.

No one was rushed since we can have the PODS® container onsite for as long as we want. In this case, however, I was unable to keep it at my home, so PODS picked it up a week later and transported it back to itsStorageCenter just a few miles away for short-term storage.

PODS moves, stores and delivers with three sizes of PODS® containers to fit the contents of your home. The largest, 12×16-feet, will transport an average 3-bedroom home.

Learn more at PODS.com.

September 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You Can Have Your Very Own Space Station with PODS® Containers

Last week, Atlantis shuttle astronauts were busy packing up more than 2 tons of old equipment and trash from the International Space Station, using a cargo hauler for transport back to Earth. The mission took 6 astronauts working 150 hours over 13 days to complete!

Houston! We have no problems! Back here on Earth we have PODS® containers to help move and store across town, the country or even across the pond!

To have your very own space station delivered to your door, without out-of-this-world prices, visit PODS.com.

The Moving Diva

 

July 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Clear the Clutter, Clear the Chaos

Comic George Carlin was right in his sketch about people having too much stuff. If you’ve never seen this particular routine, search for it on the Internet and you’ll get what I’m saying: We have too much stuff. I’m guilty of this sin and no matter how hard I try, it keeps piling up. I’m out of closet, garage and attic space. Stuff is overflowing and it’s creating chaos.

I need to donate or sell or trash (I mean, recycle) a lot of my stuff but I’m not ready for that yet. What I am ready for is extra storage, but I live in a private condo community and there is no extra garage or space to install a portable shed or anything like that.

Recently, I came across an advertisement for PODS®. These portable containers can be packed and stored in a local warehouse and not on my property. What a great solution!

When I called my local PODS office a nice lady explained how PODS works. Apparently, I am not the only person who has too much stuff. The technical term used in the industry she said is “de-cluttering.” There is a term for having too much stuff? Apparently! Great, more guilt.

In a nutshell, PODS provides a hassle-free solution to short or long-term storage that begins with the delivery of a container. The customer is responsible for filling it up and calling for back-up (I mean pick-up) and it’s off to the storage center for safe-keeping until I want all of my old stuff back.

The Moving Diva

July 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for Moving with Young Children

Moving is stressful for families. In some cases the home you are leaving is the only existence your child has ever known. It can be daunting, especially to little people, to say the least.

Tell your child(ren) as soon as you know you’re moving; don’t spring it on them at the last-minute. Give them time to adjust and expect tears and fears. Explain why you’re moving in terms they can understand for their age. Do you need more room? Are you relocating because of a new job?

If moving to a new city or state, go to websites that offer visual photos of the new community. You also can write to the local chamber of commerce or government offices and request printed materials to read with your kids ahead of time. Share photos and floor plans of your new home if possible and plan for the future as a family. Remain positive, even if you have fears yourself.

Be sure and pack lots of games, books or DVDs to keep children occupied if you are in for a long drive. Buy a new backpack or tote and put their favorite things inside. This way, they won’t have to look far to find items that bring comfort when you get to your new home.

PODS understands moving is stressful and offers flexible pick-up and delivery of its PODS containers when it is most convenient for families. Once your PODS container is delivered, keep it as long as needed to pack at leisure. When you’re done, simply call and schedule pickup and your belongings will be delivered to your new home on the day you specify.

PODS, The Best Moving & Storage Idea EVER! Visit PODS.com today for more information.

By: Tina Vervoorn

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Determining the cost of your move

There are many factors that will affect the cost of your move. Be sure to carefully consider these, and be prepared to find more along the way:

  • Size: The overall weight of your move can affect the price with some companies. Generally portable storage is not weight based, however with professional movers, often the heavier the move, the more it’s going to cost.
  • Distance: The number of miles you’re traveling can influence its cost greatly, as can your final destination. Keep in mind that some moving companies only serve a certain region.
  • Time: The time of year you need to move will also have an effect on your bottom line. Moving during peak times, such as the summer or holidays, often means that you’ll pay more. If you have the luxury of time, try to plan at less busy times. Look for specials during unpopular periods.
  • Level of service: Hiring a moving company to complete a “full-service” move – one where they not only transport your household items, but also pack and unpack them – will be significantly more expensive than a “self-service” move. Make sure you’re aware of the varying level of service available for your move and what works best for you.  Many times, people forget that self-moving has several levels of service available to meet your budget as well.
  • Insurance: Be sure to consider insuring your move against mishaps or even disasters. Keep in mind that moves you do yourself are usually limited to $25,000 insurance, and cover only damage caused by disasters such as auto accidents or fires.
  • Storage: Make sure to calculate if your new residence will be able to accommodate all of your belongings.  Many times, the couch you’ve had since college won’t fit in your new living room (or relationship) but hasn’t used enough duct tape to be sent to the trash bin.  Having the ability to store your extra belongings, even in the short term as you decide how to layout your new interior, is often overlooked when moving.

Taking some time to determine what your move will actually and honestly cost you will save you from a lot of the stress of moving, and will insure that you’ll be that much happier in your destination.

January 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get Organized in 2011

This year 2 words have been made very clear on everyone resolutions “get organized”. It seems the ability to maintain and establish order is an unreachable goal for some Americans. However we hope with some of the tips you will get motivated and want to open your arms to a more organized life and make it a reachable goal.

Time isn’t the only commodity wasted by disorganization. If you think about it how many times have bought the same thing over again because you misplaced it, we probably spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars buying replacement items because of our disorganization.

Furthermore, getting organized will help you stay less frustrated, because we all know when we can’t find something how stressful and irritated we become so not only can this save us time and money but also our health.

Getting organized is just like any other goal you need to tackle it step by step, you need to first have the vision of what you want your home to look and feel like. Once you have the state of mind then you can attack each room at a time. Remember this is a change in life and attitude this will not happen overnight but making it a habit will help relieve constant messes and major cleanups.

PODS is here to help you get organized, the month of January we are dedicating it to get organized to find your local PODS visit our website at www.pods.com

Stay tuned for more upcoming tips on how to stay organized visit our Facebook page and Twitter page as well.

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 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.

THE BIG DAY !

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

The goal of Toys for Kids, Inc. is to continue to make a difference in the children’s lives.

November 9, 2010

Dear Joe,

On behalf of Toys for Kids, Inc., I would like to thank you for your generous gift of the use
of your storage pods. These pods have been invaluable in helping us to store supplies on-site
for the annual Grant BBQ Fest fundraisers and most importantly for the storage of toys for
kids. These storage facilities have allowed us to shop for toys throughout the year, thereby
allowing us to purchase even more toys, and store them for our annual toy giveaway in
December. Your commitment to helping kids in our community is sincerely appreciated.

Each year Toys for Kids, Inc. continues to advance its mission to provide toys and gifts to the
underprivileged children of Brevard County. Last year we were able to provide to toys to
over 4,000 kids. Unfortunately, the need keeps growing.

The goal of Toys for Kids, Inc. is to continue to make a difference in the children’s lives.
The children should not have to suffer for circumstances beyond their control. With the help
of donations from supporters like you, we will continue in our mission to make the day for a
needy child.

Thanks again for generous support of our efforts to provide toys and gifts to the needy
children of Brevard County.

Best wishes,

Juliana Kreul

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

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