Real People: PODS vs. U-Pack ReloCubes

This post is part of our “Real People” series. Each post is written by a real person, not employed at HireAHelper, that actually used the service listed. These posts offer the inside scoop on the pros and cons of using moving equipment and services from companies like PODS, 1-800-Packrat, Penske Truck Rental, Budget Moving Trucks, U-Pack ReloCubes, and Uhaul. Today’s post is from Shiromi A. of Seattle, WA.

My husband was retired military so we moved seven times in four years and I can tell you it never gets easier. You’d think we would have the moving thing down by now, but I find each move has its own set of unique challenges to overcome. When we decided to move from Portland, OR up to Seattle, WA to live near the water, we knew this would take some planning. We called around a few interstate moving companies but it was pricey. We didn’t want to rent a truck because you pay by the day and that time crunch can be stressful. My husband and I quickly came to the conclusion that either PODS or U-Pack ReloCubes would be our best bet. Continue reading


Tips for Moving to Tampa, FL

Flag photo courtesy Ed Group

Photo courtesy Ed Group

Moving south to Tampa? You’ve chosen a top-notch city. It’s received commendations in several areas. Washington Square News listed Tampa as one of the top cities for “twenty-somethings” and Forbes magazine calls it the “5th best outdoor city.” If you have kids, you’ll be happy to hear that Newsweek listed twelve of Tampa’s High Schools in their list of America’s Best High Schools. For a bit of fun in the sun, check out these sites and attractions Tampa has to offer!

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Hire A Helper’s New Beach Front Office Space

Nothing against Riverside…

but it’s great to be on the beach!


We’re getting all settled in here at our new Hire A Helper office in Solana Beach, CA while trying very hard to ignore the sound of crashing waves on the beach a block away.

But just in case we need to have an emergency creativity surf meeting, the office comes complete with its own shower.  Not bad! I could make a joke here about a board meeting but I won’t.Shower

The ocean view isn’t much to complain about either. It’s amazing how much more inspired I am to get stuff done when I’m sitting this close to the ocean. Ok, maybe its more amazing that I can actually get something done sitting this close to the ocean. One thing’s for sure, after a long day of helping people hire helpers, its nice to walk across the street and shoot some hoops at the beach-side basketball court.

Mike tells me there’s a great taco stand down the street that we’re going to hit up for lunch today. Also in close proximity to our new office is VG Donut & Bakery, voted best donut in San Diego in a San Diego Magazine reader’s poll. Good thing I’m not going on a diet anytime soon…

Front Office

The office is cleverly hidden in an office complex that looks like it could have been an old beach front motel.

We’re still working on the interior decorating, but have the necessities: computers, desks, and of course – a well stocked mini-fridge.Mini Fridge