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Dear PoPville – Storage facilities / units advice?

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Dear PoPville,

My boyfriend and I are trying to buy a house sometime this spring/summer, but as my lease is up in two months, we will be combining our households into his one bedroom condo for 2-5 months. Much of my day to day belongings and valuables can come with me, but my furniture (couch, large chair, bookcases, double bed and frame, desk, dresser) and some larger storage boxes need to find a temporary home. What storage facilities do you or your readers recommend? I’ve heard delivery trucks (like UHaul) sometimes come discounted/free with a unit rental.

I am also interested in those portable PODS or PackRat units that get dropped off at your place, you fill them, and then they store them. Their websites show a variety of charges, and I can’t figure out how much it actually costs regarding initial delivery fees, same day pick up fees, redelivery fees. How does it work for those regarding residential street parking…can I just get an emergency no parking sign? Or a permit?

Any suggestions for facilities, one of the pod units, or even just dos/don’ts of using such units are welcome!

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