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Rental Containers for Moving

September 27th, 2013 - 9:44 AM

Find the Rental Container That’s Right for Your Move

If you’re considering an easy-to-load container for your move, there’s great news! Things aren’t how they used to be – now you have containerized moving solutions available in a variety of different sizes, price points, and service options. Let’s go over some of the basics to help you figure out what rental container is right for your move.

Loading a rental container

How Rental Containers Work

Moving with rental containers is easy. The container is dropped off at your home, and you load your stuff inside. Then the container is moved to your new home, and you unload. It’s a simple way to move because, unlike other do-it-yourself moving options, you don’t have to drive.

Which Container is Right for My Move?

Remember the Dr. Seuss book that said “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”? Just like there are all types of fish in that book, there are all types of moving containers.

For starters, there are single-shipment containers, in which you are the only shipper. You load it, lock it and keep the key. These are big box-like structures. Depending on the company, the sizes of the container will vary. When researching container options, you may have heard of PODS®, Pack-Rat®, Door-to-Door®, U-Haul U-Box®, and U-Pack ReloCube®. Most of the containers are around 8 feet wide, 7 to 8 feet tall, and range anywhere from 7 feet to 16 feet long.

While the sizes vary quite a bit, the construction of the containers may be more important than the size. The U-Box and Door-to-Door containers are wood with a vinyl covering. The others are made of metal.

You can (and may need to) use multiple containers for your move. Most companies charge for all the containers you reserve, even if you end up not using them. U-Pack, on the other hand, allows you to reserve as many containers as you think you’ll need delivered to your home – and then you only pay for the ones you actually use.

Another type of container is a moving trailer. It’s a great option if you’re moving a larger home or don’t want to worry about having enough smaller containers. With this solution, you can use as little as 5 feet, or as much as 28 feet! The moving trailers are metal, and are 8’ x 9’ x 28’, but you have the flexibility to use the space you need, and only pay for what you use.

Once you put your belongings inside, you put up a secure divider wall that separates your items from the commercial goods that will be added to the trailer. Your shipment is the only household move on the trailer, and the commercial items are freight that is compatible with household goods.

The trailer is a great option if you’re moving a larger house or don’t want to worry about having enough smaller containers.

The Cost of Rental Containers

Each company has a different pricing structure, which can result in pretty big differences in the cost. In order to compare prices, you’ll have to gather quotes from the companies that service your area. Unfortunately, some companies don’t make it easy to get a quote. You may need to call to speak with someone to get a price. Currently, the exceptions are U-Pack and U-Haul – where you can get quotes online. Get a U-Pack an instant online U-Pack quote – it’s quick and easy!

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