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Moving containers vs. Storage units

June 14, 2018

Sometimes, when moving to a new location, you might find yourself in need of short-term storage. It happens quite often, as many unpredicted things can occur during a move. But, as the need for temporary storage space rises, one question has also appeared in the minds of many people: Which are better? Moving containers or storage units?

At Empire Movers, we’ve dealt quite a lot with these two temporary storage solutions. Here’s what we can tell you about them:

1. Moving Containers

Using moving containers for moving is new to the moving industry, but it has been gaining popularity quite rapidly. They are a convenient way for movers to pack their homes on their own time. All they need to do is to pick the size of the container, fill it up with their items and afterwards have the company move the container to the new location. Additionally, if you need store your items, some companies will store the containers on their properties, for a fee.

Storage can cost you around $150 per month. And if you also want the container moved, the price can go from $600 to as much as $3,500.

The good thing about these containers is that they allow you to move at your own pace. And you also don’t have to worry about having to drive a large rental truck. The company can just ship the container to the new location, with all your belongings inside.

Unfortunately, since this is a new concept, there are a lot of things that tend to work against it. You may not have enough space on your property for the container to fit, or the city regulations might prevent you from having a moving container on your lot. So you’ll need more time to plan for a portable moving container, than for renting a truck. Additionally, you need to make sure that the container is the right size and that it’s constructed well. Finally, there’s also the neighbors you need to take into consideration. They might not enjoy seeing a moving container on your property.

2. Storage Units

Storage units can be large or small, inside or outside. They can be a great and affordable short-term storage option, especially if your new home is located close to the storage facility. These guys can come in handy in many different cases. Not just when you’re moving, but also when a child is going away, to college, or when you just want to make some extra space, while repairing your home. Monthly rent can be anywhere between $30 and $250. This depends on the size of the unit, on amenities, availability and even season.

The best thing about storage units is that they are affordable. They are more affordable than moving containers. And you also won’t have to worry about getting any permits from the local government.

However, these options can also be limited, depending on your market. You might not find any available storage facilities near your location. Additionally, moving items in and out of storage units is not as convenient as moving them in and out of moving containers, which are usually located on your property.

Final Word

We believe that moving containers and storage units both come with pros and cons. You just need to figure out which one of these two options best suits your needs.