Moving and Storage Has Evolved...
The moving and storage industry has changed a lot over the last several years. Traditional, full service moving has given way to the same do-it-yourself approach that many people employ when fixing up their houses.
These containerized moves, as they’re called, provide convenience no doubt, but they can also help average homeowners save a ton of money by using their own “free labor” to load the portable storage units.
In this article we will help uncover some of the unique advantages and benefits mobile storage provides as one of the biggest innovations in moving and storage for decades.
Portable Storage is Convenient
Arguably, the biggest advantage to using a portable storage unit for both moving and storage services is the convenience. When you order a storage container from Zippy Shell or PODS, for instance, the container is delivered right to your door. Most portable storage units are placed in the driveway where they can be conveniently loaded right through the garage.
In some cases, driveway placement is either unavailable or impractical. When that occurs, Zippy Shell is able to park their storage units on the street right in right front of the customer’s house. Street-legal parking is unique and only available through Zippy Shell’s mobile storage solution because their units are registered as street-legal vehicles.
How Portable Storage Works
Once the portable storage container is delivered, homeowners have the convenience of loading the units at their own pace.
Some companies, such as PODS, will leave the storage containers onsite indefinitely while others like Zippy Shell return to pick up the unit a few days after delivery. In either case, the customer has ample time to pack and load the unit before it’s taken back to the storage facility.
Customers should note that the sooner the portable storage unit is picked up, the sooner the homeowner’s property will be protected from the elements. At Zippy Shell, all portable storage units are stored inside a climate-controlled storage facility or inside a dry van while being transported to various destinations around the country.
Self Storage – Delivered to You!
The transportation of a portable storage container offers several advantages over full service moving companies. The most important of these advantages is the handling of your property. Full service moves require the moving companies to handle your things several times during your move.
Yes, they arrive at your home and load up their truck with your furniture, but when they leave your house, they oftentimes do not drive directly to your new home.
Many times, they will drive to another customer’s house to load that customer’s property. They sometimes store your things in their warehouse, and they sometimes change trucks to consolidate different customers into a single moving van.
In each of these cases, your furniture, boxes, and other things loaded, unloaded, and handled several times and by many different people. It’s no wonder why one third of all interstate moves involve claims for missing or damaged items.
Portable Storage Units Are More Secure
Containerized moves, on the other hand, are not handled in the same way. The portable storage unit that is loaded at your house is locked before it’s taken away. No one enters the unit until it’s delivered to your new home and you take the lock off.
Zippy Shell provides the locks to interstate moving customers, but all companies including PODS and 1-800-Pack-Rat allow the storage container to be locked before being transported. No one handles the customer’s property without the customer being present and this approach ensures the safety and security of your things during transport.
Advantages of Long Distance Moving Services with Mobile Storage
During a long distance move, it is sometimes necessary to store your things before moving into your new home. There can be many reasons for needing this temporary storage. Perhaps you need time to find a new home in your new city, or maybe your closing date has been delayed or you might want to make some repairs or improvements before your furniture arrives.
No matter what the reason, in-transit storage, as it’s called, is very common in the moving business. What moving companies won’t tell you, however, is that the charges for in-transit storage can be expensive and vary greatly throughout the industry.
Some moving companies charge you $100 to $300 a day for every day that your house isn’t ready – those fees can add up quickly if you’re not ready to take delivery on the exact date that the moving company wants to arrive.
Compare that pricing with the containerized move in which storage is calculated on a monthly basis at a fraction of the cost.
Zippy Shell, for instance, includes a month of free storage with every long distance move, and the monthly price for storage is less than $200 per container.
At these rates, you have greater flexibility and time to take final delivery of your storage container without incurring costly storage fees.
Containerized Storage is Actually More Affordable
The final difference between containerized moving and traditional full service movers is the pricing model.
Moves with portable storage units such as those offered by PODS and Zippy Shell Storage and Moving are provided at a flat, fixed rate.
The price is based on size of the container and the distance between the origin and destination addresses. The price is set up front and there are very few up charges during the move process. Full service movers, however, charge not only for the distance travelled but also the weight of the property being transported.
The heavier the property, the higher the price of the move. The challenge with this traditional pricing model is that no one really knows how much their stuff weighs. You must trust the moving company to weigh your things after they’ve left your home and are out of your control. Needless to say, this model can be fraught with deception and outright fraud.
The bottom line is that using portable storage units from Zippy Shell and other containerized moving companies is a more secure, convenient, and affordable way to move.
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|Traditional Self Storage|
|No need to rent/borrow a truck|
|One time loading and unloading|
|No need for multiple trips to the facility|
|Storage unit delivered to your door|
|More secure – no public access|
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|Size you need is always available|
|Load & unload at your leisure|
|Reduced handling prevents damage|
|No need to travel to unsafe areas or facilities|