Using Storage Containers to Help You Move

Some people that are selling their home choose to store their items in containers instead of going the old fashioned moving truck route. Here are some things to know about utilizing storage containers when you move.

What Exactly is Moving and Storage Containers?Using Storage Containers to Help You Move

These are portable giant boxes that can be placed at home, usually in the driveway for loading personal belongings when moving out and then moved to the new location and unloaded. Once the container is finished being used a truck picks it up and takes it back to where it was rented. Most people just call these containers pods because the company to first introduce this concept called themselves PODS. This stands for Portable On Demand Storage.

These containers have become more and more popular in the last several years because renters can move their belongings on their own time. In most cases renters opt to have the container stay at the home for several days.

Why Containers Have Become Popular

Right now with the COVID pandemic looming more and more people are wanting to limit their contact with strangers. Containers help to eliminate some of that contact. Those who are moving do not need to personally meet the truck driver moving the pod and there is no one going in and out of your home as with a traditional moving company.

Containers also provide a convenient way for homeowners to move belongings out of the way during renovations yet keep their stuff on hand right outside the home.

More: 10 Hidden Costs to Moving

Companies That Now Provide Storage Containers for Moving

  • 1-800-Pack-Rat
  • COWs-Container on Wheels
  • Moving Place
  • PODS
  • Smartbox
  • U-Haul
  • U-Pack ReloCube United Mayflower Containers
  • Zippy Shell

How Much Do These Containers Cost? reports that the average cost of using a shipping container for moving is around $3,000. Prices do vary depending upon the company of course and the length of time the container is used as well as how far the container is going to travel. Time the container is stored between moving is also a factor. Some companies include the total weight of the container in their cost as well.

More: 8 Tips on Packing a House

Is Renting a Container a Good Idea?

There are several factors that should be considered in your move before getting a storage container to hold all your things:

  • How far away you are moving
  • If you need professional help to move your belongings in and out of the home
  • If you live in an apartment/ townhome community or have HOA rules
  • You don’t know where you will be moving to yet
  • You are moving highly valuable or irreplaceable items
  • You need to store items for a long period of time

All of the details about these scenarios should be considered before jumping into renting a container for moving. Using a container system to move your things can be very beneficial in the right situation.

For help buying or selling a home in Columbus and surrounding areas please contact us at any time.

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