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PODS & Other Portable Storage Options

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve recommended PODS to my sellers who are feeling overwhelmed with clutter, storage, and the sifting of possessions that comes with moving.  Figuring out where to store things while the house is being shown is of great concern, but a POD, or portable storage unit is a pretty simple solution.

The company will deliver a little unit, almost like a very short semi trailer, into your street or driveway, and then it’s up to you to load all your extraneous junk that you want to keep, but don’t want cluttering your home while it’s being shown to prospective buyers.  It locks up at night, and you can keep it as long as you need.  Once it’s filled, they pick it up and take the unit to a storage facility where it’s kept until you’re ready for them to deliver it to your new place.

Here’s a link to information on PODS.  I noted several negative reviews of PODS on, but I’ve had many clients who were happy customers.

And here’s a competitor, and a comparison to PODS rates – Mobile Mini, Inc.

And another, Smartbox

And  1-800-PACKRAT, now available at select Lowes.

U-Haul also has an option.

Door to Door is another….as is UPack!

I hope this helps you with your move.  It certainly feels good to get all that junk out of the house.  Maybe you’ll be more selective as you bring it back in.  If you find that you’ve saved way too much furniture, household goods, or beds, just call Community Warehouse!  They accept donations, and will distribute them to low-income people in Oregon who are setting up households.  They’ll provide you with a tax deductible receipt.