Car collector's dream comes true with garage transformation

PODS finds L.A.’s messiest garage in Mission Viejo; winner receives garage makeover

October 20, 2011 // Franchising.com // (LOS ANGELES)- No one likes to have their mess pointed out, but in this case, Janice Hammon of Mission Viejo wasn’t embarrassed when asked about having the messiest garage in Los Angeles.

PODS Los Angeles teamed up with Garage Envy, CBS Los Angeles, KNX 1070 and KFWB 980 to award one lucky winner with a garage makeover and free storage during the transformation in their recent contest to find L.A.’s messiest garage. Radio station listeners were encouraged to upload photos of their grimy garages on the website where the community could vote for their favorite.

“There were a lot of garages submitted in the contest that needed a makeover and some serious cleaning,” said Jamie Dietenhofer, founder and co-executive of Garage Envy, Inc. “After taking a closer look at the Hammon’s home, it was clear how much it would mean to their family for us to renovate their garage and give them a fresh start.”

Both the mess and the cleanup process have been a full family effort. Hammon’s daughter, 23, heard about the contest on the radio and submitted a photo of the family’s garage in all its messy glory, hoping for a desperately needed makeover.

The real motivation for the cleanup is Hammon’s husband who is a passionate car fan and remote control car collector. Taking up one third of the garage is a well-preserved Plymouth Barracuda which remains carefully covered to protect it from the surrounding clutter.

“Our garage is definitely a man cave,” said Hammon. “I’m looking forward to giving my husband an area where he can have the elbow room to work on his cars and we can also enjoy spending time with him.”
Hammon and her family first moved into their home in 1987 before their daughter was born. “Our garage is full of 24 years of collecting and storage for items we never could quite get rid of,” said Hammon.

“When we saw the Hammon’s garage, I knew what a fun challenge this would be,” said Tim Preston, general manager of PODS Los Angeles. “PODS is proud to be donating storage for this family and we are all eager to see the finished product.”

About PODS Enterprises, Inc.

Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 250 million consumers and businesses, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK, through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 330,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 1.8 million deliveries and has over 143,000 PODS® containers in service.

PODS® secure containers are constructed of a steel frame and are available in three sizes: approximately 7-by-7-by-8 feet, 12-by-8-by-8 feet and 16-by-8-by-8 feet. The 12-foot and 16-foot containers have been tested to withstand winds of more than 110-mph when partially loaded. For more information or to schedule service, visit PODS.com or call 800-776-7637.

About Garage Envy

Garage Envy Inc. founded in 2002 is the leader in storage and organization designed solely for the garage. In addition to designing and installing garage systems for homeowners, GarageEnvy.com is an online source for all of the Do-It-Yourself products pertaining to the garage, i.e. cabinets, flooring, parking accessories and much more.

For more information, visit GarageEvny.com or call 818-767-9870.

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