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Container Storage vs. Moving Storage Facilities

What's in this article?
  1. How To Hire Moving Storage
  2. Container Storage
  3. Rental
Hire Moving Storage

Containers are way cheaper than renting an entire moving package. Moreover, they give you flexibility such that you are the one who decides when to move. Also, with container storage, you can store your household items any time you desire. Moving storage facilities, on the other hand, provides you with secure space where you can keep your belongings as you sort out other issues.

How to hire moving storage

  • Know the size needed: Decide on the size of the desired storage unit. With an already stressful packing process at the back of your mind, you would like space that is sufficient for your stuff. At the same time, it should not be too big lest you end up paying more than your budget can allow. For books and small boxes, a five-foot square unit would suffice. However, things coming from a one, two or three-bedroomed house require a ten by ten or a ten by twenty-foot storage unit.
  • Make your reservation early: Successful transition from one home to the next calls for early preparation. Once you confirm that you are relocating, you should make a reservation. That way, you have an advantage, and you can proceed to pack without waiting for last minute rushes. Moving storage facilities always fit into your plans whether you are decluttering or would like to clean an apartment in preparation for selling it.
  • Measure your space: The flexibility of moving storage is such that you can pack and store things you no longer need; at least for now. Whether it is some old electronic gadget, non-fitting shoes or outgrown clothes, moving professionals can accommodate them. To avoid guesswork, stage the storage area at home and measure the occupied space.

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The Boxes Placed On Cargo Ships

Container storage

These are the boxes placed on cargo ships. They come in different sizes with the main ones being the 20-foot and 60-foot containers. Smaller variants exist in 8-foot and 16-foot dimensions. With a hardened steel structure, the unit can withstand severe weather. You can also stack these units without them getting damaged. They are ideal for storage of furniture, automobiles, boats and any other household item.


You can rent space in the entire container or use a part of it and ship items across the border or to distant towns. Apart from being ferried via ship, trains and trucks also carry moving containers. Another option is the containers on wheels (COWs) where the unit sits on a structure with small wheels and is drawn by pick-up trucks. Moving firms offer two options for this type:

  • Self-loading – where you load and unload
  • Labor assistance – where the company handles loading and offloading

Differentiating the two storage facilities is crucial as it helps in determining what to hire and when. Container storage is flexible, and you can use whenever you wish. Moving storage works best during transition from one location to another. Irrespective of the desired option, you need to know what size to choose and book in advance. Measuring the space your consignment will occupy ensures that you only pay for what you utilize.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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