Should you Rent a Moving Container?

by Helen Chen Marston 09/29/2019

If you are planning for a move, hiring a truck is one of the first things that comes to mind. However, trucks are not the only means to transport your belongings. Have you ever heard of a Moving Container? A Moving container is a portable and durable storage unit that you can use to carry your stuff to your new home if it is located in another city or across the country.

When it comes to moving containers, one company that unarguably holds the position as the founder is PODS, but other companies have joined the field as well such as U-Haul and Mayflower. Renting a moving container from these companies is a cost-efficient and safe way to move your belongings to your home. However, if it is your first time, here are some specific things you need to know before renting a moving container.

How does it work?

Hiring a moving container is straightforward. The first thing that you will want to do is choose whether you want to store, move or do both with your stuff. After that, you will have to decide whether the container at the company's storage center or your location. 

What is the cost?

For moving the cost depends on the size, distance, and duration of the container. In terms of storage, you will have the option to store the container on your lawn or at their storage location. However, the cost depends on the duration and the size of the container used.

What are their container sizes?

Containers have several sizes such as the 7-foot container, 12-foot container, and 16-foot container.

What happens if the unit gets damaged on your property?

If the container gets damaged while parked at your home, in most cases you will be responsible to foot the bill for the repair.

What happens if a storage container sits on my driveway for a long time?

When a container remains at your home for an extended period, obviously you will pay more. Apart from that, pests such as ants and other insects might invade the storage container if not closed tightly. 

Will the container affect the grass on my lawn?

Yes, parking a container on your lawn for an extended period will deprive it of sunlight thus damaging your landscaping.

Renting a moving container is a great idea when moving cross country; however, a moving container is a two-sided coin so before you rent one, make sure you need it.

About the Author
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Helen Chen Marston

Helen Marston has been a member of WSGVAR since March 2009. She graduated from Peking University and received her MBA from California State University, Los Angeles. After becoming a REALTOR®, she has earned a variety of NAR designations and certifications: CRS, GRI, SRES, CIPS, GREEN, MRP, SFR, etc. Working at Keller Williams Realty Arcadia, she leads as Associates Leadership Council while providing a Mentor role for new real estate licensees. Outside of her real estate business, Helen is an advocate for community service. She currently serves as Chair of the Planning Commission for the City of Temple City, General Chair of the 74th Temple City Camellia Festival, and is also actively involved with different organizations in the community and the local schools. Helen was honored as Congresswoman Judy Chu’s "Woman of the Year” for Temple City in 2016 and was selected as one of the "Make A Difference” Honorees, awarded by the State Assembly Member, Ed Chau, in 2016.