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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

Inconvenient Moving Observations

 

It’s Sunday and I am pulling out of my gated condo community. Just at the exit and across the street is a U-Haul truck parked. A few people are scrambling inside and carrying belongings down the ramp and across the street to the community I live. What? Why would they do this? Do you know how many extra steps this is? I actually snickered when I saw it, and then snapped a picture with my BlackBerry phone. (It is an actual picture by yours truly).

Do these people not know there is an easier way to move? They clearly did not read my blog and need to, desperately! I am the Diva on the Move. You are not. And this is why I exist – to bring enlightenment to the masses that are perplexed with moving, storage, remodeling and whatever else I can throw at you. I am here to help. PODS® is here to help you, too.

PODS makes moving so easy, blog fans. All you have to do is call for a scheduled delivery of a PODS® containerand ask the friendly driver place it where you desire (I highly recommend on your driveway with the open door facing your home). Next, start loading or unpacking at ground level. No ramps, no steps to climb or descend, and no streets to cross. Plus, you won’t blow out your pedometer tracking back and forth just to find your favorite pair of pink bunny slippers.

Ok, that last observation was for me.

The Moving Diva

movingdiva@gmail.com

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Moving | , , , | Leave a comment

Moving Safety: Use Care when Lifting Heavy Items

It’s a fact: We tend to want to get things done quickly and often ignore safety precautions when it comes to lifting heavy objects such as appliances, sofas and bulky furniture.The beauty with using PODS® container for moves is that you can take all the time you need and not rush the process. Plus, loading is at ground level, which means no pushing uphill or ramps to navigate. In fact, PODS may actually be beneficial to your health!

The first rule of thumb when loading is to use some common sense safety tips to get the job done right and stay healthy!

1.  Test first, Lift second: When lifting a sofa, appliance or other big piece of furniture, squat down near a corner and carefully lift until the approximate weight can be assessed. Then set it down and come up with a game plan on how to best maneuver it to the PODS® container.

2.  Slip and Slide: Sliders are pieces of felt or round plastic discs placed under the legs or corners of furniture. With these in place, sliding heavier items across floors and carpets is easier than lifting, until you cross a threshold and need to carry it the rest of the way. 

3.  The Gloved One: It is a good idea to invest in a pair of heavy gloves and wear when lifting and moving heavy appliances. Many injuries occur when objects slip out of people’s hands. Gloves will enable you to get a better handle on the piece you are moving and make you less likely to drop things.

4.  Hello Dolly! Using moving dollies or hand trucks is highly suggested to prevent injury. Although these tools bear most of the weight, when you get to a doorway or other obstruction, you’ll need to figure out another way to move the piece to the PODS® container.

5.  Many hands make the load lighter: There is power in numbers, so gather the troops! Having sufficient manpower to lift and balance heavy objects can help with weight distribution in tough spots such as stairways, doors or small spaces.

Consider PODS® for your next move for the ultimate in flexibility on your schedule, your time and your rules. PODS®, The Best Moving & Storage Idea EVER!™

Visit PODS.com today for more information.

May 10, 2011 Posted by | Moving | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PODS®: The Original Innovator of Portable Moving & Storage

Considering downsizing, organizing the garage for changing seasons or just plain streamlining your home? In need of a moving company that can handle long-distance relocations as well as moves across town? Do you need a short or long-term storage solution? Consider PODS® first. This is one company that can handle it all.

A national leader of moving and storage, PODS® containers are constructed of a steel frame and available in three sizes to fit your needs: approximately 7-by-7-by-8 feet, 12-by-8-by-8 feet and 16-by-8-by-8 feet. Using its patented PODZILLA® lift system the container is gently placed on the ground or on a PODS transport truck for highway travel to your destination or nearest PODS Storage Center – state-of-the-art warehouses designed specifically for PODS.

Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 245 million consumers and businesses, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK, through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 300,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 1,600,000 deliveries and has nearly 141,000 PODS® containers in service.

For more information or to schedule service, visit pods.com or call 800-776-7637.

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Moving | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Providing Experienced Disaster Recovery Planning and Assistance to Communities in Need

What began as an innovative moving and storage service in 1998 has evolved into a disaster recovery solution for government, social service agencies, businesses and homeowners.

The PODS® Rapid Response Team was formed to protect and salvage the possessions of citizens ravaged by storm or disaster. Pre-event or post-event, PODS® containers can be used to transport food, water and medical supplies to impacted areas or as a storage container for household items and assets of homeowners and businesses.

Safe and secure. PODS® containers can be stored onsite, conditions permitting, or at one of our nearby PODS secure Storage Centers. You have the only key to your PODS® container. Your belongings are safe and protected.

Rapid deployment into impacted areas. PODS can respond promptly to the needs of residents, businesses and government entities. PODS® containers can also be staged in advance of a disaster to increase response times.

Competent, trained drivers. Our drivers are specially trained to handle emergency road and delivery conditions.

Rugged and weather-resistant. PODS®containers are made of steel frame construction with a water-resistant seal and can withstand winds up to 110 mph when partially filled.

PODS is part of every local community it serves. Franchises support local organizations and nonprofits and participate in philanthropy. We care about the people we live and work with and are here to help in unpredictable events.

To date, PODS has made more than 1.6 million deliveries and completed over 300,000 long-distance moves. With PODS in locations across the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, franchises serve more than 22,000 cities and 240 million consumers and businesses.

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

March 10, 2011 Posted by | Moving | , , , | Leave a comment

Migrating snowbirds find a welcome home with PODS®

Snowbird (noun) is defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as “one who travels to warm climates for the winter.”

Many snowbirds today maintain residences in two or more different cities or states, traveling throughout the year to warmer climates. If I was a snowbird (but alas, I am not), I would want to bring lots of things with me for the winter – stuff that won’t fit in a suitcase or my mid-size SUV, which I also want to bring with me.

How can I bring my car, all my stuff, pets, furniture, golf clubs and big umbrella? There are evidently 3 choices: Call a traditional moving company ($$$$$), rent a truck and drive the entire route ($$$$) or I can call PODS® ($$). Located in 48 U.S. states across the country I know there is a PODS franchise that can deliver directly to where I’m going to roost for the winter and I won’t have to spend all of my green to do it.

The Moving Diva

February 18, 2011 Posted by | Moving | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quick Tips for an Organized Garage

As life progresses we acquire items of all shapes and sizes. Often, when these items outlast their usefulness, they up in the garage. A messy garage can create frustration and potential hazards.

Now is the perfect time to clear the clutter in preparation of warmer weather and summer fun – a time when surfboards, swim gear and camping equipment are put to use! Organizing a garage can be done in stages, but first things first: Make a plan!

1. Divide the garage into zones: storage, charity, garage sale and trash. To help streamline the process and keep items safe during the process, call PODS® to deliver a PODS® container right to your garage door.

2. Loading the PODS® container at ground level is easy, so work at your own pace. The garage didn’t become cluttered in one day so don’t expect reorganization to take place in one day, either.

3. Consider using garage organization systems to organize tools, sporting equipment, lawn and gardening tools.

4. Once the garage is organized, set ground rules for ongoing maintenance such as keeping the parking area clear and putting tools and sporting equipment back in assigned places after use.

A garage free from clutter offers a setting for weekend or school projects with the kids and an opportunity to bond with family and friends.

For more information, visit PODS.com.

The Moving Diva

February 10, 2011 Posted by | Moving | , , , , , , | 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

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