Don’t have the budget to hire movers, but don’t want to drive a truck? Consider containers.
Every journey begins with a single step — even a long-distance move.
If you are on the threshold of a big relocation adventure, you need to make an important decision that will define your entire moving experience: Do you hire professional movers or move by yourself?
Both moving options have considerable advantages and disadvantages, but neither of them may be appropriate for your particular moving needs.
You need a solution that combines the most advantageous aspects of the self-moving process with the greatest benefits of using professional moving services. In this situation, moving with portable storage containers may be the right choice for you.
What are portable moving containers?
You’ve probably seen them parked in driveways or curbside. A portable moving container is basically a large box (usually 7-by-7-by-8 feet) you can rent and use to store your belongings and have them shipped to another location.
How do portable containers work?
The moving containers are dropped off in front of your home and left at your disposal for a prearranged period of time (a couple of days to a couple of weeks).
You pack and arrange your items inside the containers within that time frame. On moving day, the containers are picked up and transported to your final destination. You can unpack at your leisure and have the containers taken away when you’re ready.
What are the perks of portable containers?
Using portable moving containers offers a convenient, safe, and cost-effective solution for your relocation needs.
How much does it cost to use containers?
You can rent a portable moving container for about $200 per month (plus a pick-up/delivery fee of $100). When moving with a container, however, the final cost is typically determined by the distance the moving container has to be transported.
Any extra services (such as storage in transit) or difficulties with container access (for example, a container drop-off or pick-up location that’s hard to access) will likely result in additional fees.
How to pack a portable moving container
The same basic rules apply to packing moving containers as to boxes: Make sure you pack your belongings in a safe and efficient manner. Seal the boxes tightly and label them properly so you know where to find each and every item.
Here are more specifics for packing containers:
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