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What is a Moving Container, and Do I Need One?

Moving containers became quite popular a few years ago, but most people have very strong opinions about them. If you ask a group of people who have used them about their experience, you will likely encounter a lot of mixed reviews. For some, they are the best invention ever and exactly what they needed. Others will tell of a dreadful experience. Chances are good though if you do a little digging you will find out that the unpleased individuals either did not research the company, did not have proper insurance, or regretted having to load and unload themselves. All of these problems are easily addressed.

What is a Moving Container?

If you are still scratching your head, and trying to figure out what vegetables have to do with moving, you are not alone. There are still plenty of people who have no idea what a moving container is, but it has nothing to do with food. A moving container is as portable on-demand storage. Like a peapod that holds the precious peas safely inside, a moving container holds your belongings. Now you understand the connection, right? These brilliant creations have both advantages and disadvantages; they are certainly not for everyone.

How They Work

In a nutshell, you order one through a company. Some companies will have different sizes while others will just require that you increase the number you need for more belongings. You can choose the day you want it delivered to you and picked up at both locations. Here is the beauty of them; moving containers double as storage!

For example, you get offered a job in New York City, but you need to leave right away. You plan on staying in a hotel or with a roommate until you find a place to live, but you have to do something with everything in your current home. No problem! Load your belongings in a moving container, have the company pick the moving container up, and store it. Have it delivered whenever you are ready.

Another advantage is that you can take your time loading and unloading. If you want to spend a week packing and loading, you can. You do not have to deal with driving a moving truck or paying for movers, if you don’t want to. However, if you have heavy items, you can always hire movers to load and unload the moving container for you, which can typically be done quite fast.

Do You Need a Moving Container?

Right now you may be thinking this is about the coolest invention ever. However, they are not for everyone. Keep in mind that the moving container is getting dropped off to you. So, if either location is a downtown flat or something similar that offers no driveway or nearby parking lot then there is really no place to leave it. You also need to find out if there are any ordinances restricting items such as these sitting in your driveway or parking spot.

You should also know that many locations and companies are only open five or six days per week. So, if you suddenly find out on Friday that you have the weekend off and it would be a perfect time to unload and unpack, you could be out of luck. You should also know that they tend to be more expensive during spring and summer, and long distance moves can be quite costly.

So Do You Need One?

Well, that totally depends on your situation. If you are looking to move from one home to another, and you have no need for storage then hiring movers would probably be your better option. If you have the need for temporary storage, then you might want to look into your moving container options.

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