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CAPSULE is a Better Alternative to PODs ®

Posted on November 6, 2019 by CAPSULE

Capsule is not PODs ®. We are a local family owned business in DFW. Capsule is not a franchise or national company. Capsule does have the inventory and expertise to help you, whether your moving locally or need on or off-site storage.

CAPSULE considers itself as well as our customers a premium brand among portable containers and moving and storage companies in DFW. We believe our containers are better built than PODs ®, and our customer service is far better than them as well.

Here are some quick differences

  • Customer service (check reviews)
  • Steel Roofs vs Plastic
  • DFW / Texas owned vs foreign owned
  • Quicker response times
  • Better delivery method needing less clearance
  • No term commitments or hidden fees  

PODs ® name is synonymous with the portable storage industry similar to Kleenex being used as a term of all tissues. However, there are some major differences in our service, pricing, and containers. The best proof of this is in our reviews on Google or Facebook. Take a quick comparison and you’ll see we take extra effort to help our customer move or store their belongings during a very stress full transition.

Capsule understands when customers refer to the moving and storage containers at PODs ® but be aware, a Capsule is better. We can not and do not desire to be considered a POD provider. 

CAPSULEs ® moving and storage containers is a family owned and operated portable self-storage business here in DFW. CAPSULEs ® is it’s own registered trademark.  Unlike PODs ® we are not nationwide. DFW is our one and only location for CAPSULEs ®. We serve all of North Texas, focusing on quality containers and service. PODS® is the registered trademark of PODS Enterprises, Inc. (PEI). CAPSULE is not sponsored by or affiliated with  PODs ® .

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Moving and Storage Container Pricing & Red Flags

Posted on September 27, 2019 by CAPSULE

Here are the quick things to Consider:

  • Beware of “No transport fees”
  • Get all your costs upfront and in writing, advertised pricing is not your pricing 
  • Beware of high storage rent
  • Beware of term commitments
  • "Transparent Roof" means it's plastic, not Steel 
  • Read reviews

If your shopping around looking for a container company to use, you might find it a bit confusing now that you realize there is more than just one company. I’ll walk you through some pricing models and what to look out for.

Pricing: Why so different and why transport fees?

CAPSULE

Capsule has a low constant rent with no term commitments, with flat transport fees. We do not charge more in rent if we keep it, and we do not charge by the mile. What we quote, is what you pay. It’s all month to month so no early move out penalties. This keeps it simple for you and for us. Transport fees help keep the monthly rent low and helps customers based on need. Not everyone is needing the same type of move or storage, we typically  move it 2,3, or 4 times. 

Other Companies:

Beware of "no transport fees". That’s because there usually are, read the fine print if they travel more than 20-30 miles from their shop, there is a set $ per mile you’ll get charged after the delivery. These are gimmicks that usually result in “no transport” but a high monthly rent. This is bad for 2 reasons, you'll get an charge you didn't know about and a high rent. This is problematic if something goes wrong and you need it longer, because you’re going to pay that very high rent again. Most people who choose this route, think they only need it one month, but get a big surprise at the final bill. 

Others may charge more rent if you keep it with them. One red flag to keep in mind is that if you only need them to store it for a week, but you keep it on your property for 5 months, your paying 5 months of high rent. Just because they kept it with them for one week.

Another thing to keep in mind is term commitments. This is when you say you’ll probably need it for 6 months, and the company quotes you based on 6 months of rent.  Beware if you move out early from what you originally said, you may pay a penalty.  Term commitments you make at the beginning also tie into transport fees along with rent, any deviation may result in a high unexpected transport fee.

80 % of our customers that needed it one month or less had issues with a contractor, realtor, or title company that resulted in longer storage.

Reviews:

We are very proud of our customer satisfaction level and our online reviews. Like choosing a traditional mover you will want to do your research on them. They are not all just a box, they are not all the same.

Google, Facebook and twitter are good places to look for customer reactions and feedback. Yelp too, but it isn’t Used as much in our industry because their platform doesn’t conform to our niche industry.

Also, many boast about "transparent" roofs. That's because they are plastic, we live in Texas, get a steel roof. 

We hope this helps you in your search for the right company. We hope we can help you out

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Packing a CAPSULE Moving and Storage Container

Posted on September 4, 2019 by CAPSULE

So, lets say you’ve made a smart decision and decided to use Capsule moving containers for your local move here in DFW. Now all you need to do it pack, but although some things might seem obvious it’s always good to go over the basics on how to pack before you start. Packing a Truck, and a moving container are fairly the same. The three basics are, heavy stuff on bottom, secure it using straps or packing it in tight, and try to distribute weight evenly.

  • Pack up the walls and across the ceiling, like 3-d Tetris.
  • Start with the heavy stuff first like dressers at the bottom, then pack up with the lighter weight stuff from there.
  • Larger heavy furniture should be placed around the edge of the Capsule container. Try to do distribute the weight equally around the left and right side of the Capsule moving container.  
  • Stand longer items up tall to take up less floor space and allow for more room on the floor. Packing up, is harder than using more floor space.  
  • Stack lighter boxes on top. Boxes should be stacked by weight not size. IF using boxes accordingly, smaller boxes hold heavier stuff.
  • Do not underestimate using boxes. The help organize and allow things to be stackable.
  • Use straps to hold anything down that could fall over or slide. Do not ratchet stuff down to hard, just enough to keep stuff in place.
  • If you have got bolts from taking things apart, use baggies, and label them.
  • Label boxes.
  • Do not be afraid to use different size boxes, they come in handy when wedging stuff into place.
  • Load the things you’ll need first at the new place last, and at the doors.

All that seems like common sense, but its good to go over before you start.

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Is a CAPSULE moving and storage container right for you?

Posted on August 28, 2019 by CAPSULE

There are a lot of benefits to a moving and storage container, but it may not be the best option for everyone. We don’t like to talk ourself out of business, but we have a high customer satisfaction level because we want to make sure we are a good fit.

In order to understand if it’s right for you, let’s look at the primary benefits. Then, we will look at the common misconceptions where a Capsule may not be a good fit vs the alternatives.

Benefits of Moving Containers

  • Reduces labor and effort.
    • Load at your own apace
    • Load at ground level
    • Packing one time
    • You call when ready to move
  • You’re packing so you know where things are at
  • Flexibility when things change
    • Closings or projects don’t always stay on schedule, don’t get stuck with bad options if things fall through on closing or a contractor doesn't finish on time. 
  • You don't have to drive a large truck
  • Cost effective when compared to full service movers

Common misconceptions with moving containers

  • Moving all in one day
    • If you need the container dropped off in the morning and moved the same day you may be better of renting a truck, or a full-service moving crew. Capsule does not provide same day drop and pick up, this is due to logistics, someone is always waiting on someone else (mover don’t show up on time or you thought it would take 30min to load). No one else does this either, be weary of salespeople in a call center that promise you that.
  • Apartments
    • Capsule has helped many people move in and out of apartments. However, you want to check on the apartment complex rules regarding them, plan for where you want to put it.
    • Second, if you’re in downtown Dallas, and the only parking is a parking garage, there may be no place to drop the capsule, we do not put them on the curb. They must go on your property, or in a parking space.
  • 24 hr Access
    • If you plan to put the container into our storage, we are happy to give you free access during business hours with 24hrs notice so we can pull it. However, if you plan to make regular stops in and out, a traditional 24hr self-storage facility may be a better option
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