storage containers

Moving can be a real pain. Whether you're moving your home or your office, between organizing all your furniture and things, finding a moving company, unloading and organizing again, anything you can do to simplify the process is a welcome relief. Something that's becoming more common these days when moving is the use of storage containers. Here are a few things to think about if you're considering your own storage container rental in NYC.

Putting the Container on the Truck

One reason people like to use storage containers is because it's cheaper than hiring a moving company. That's a tremendous advantage, but there are complications, as well. For instance, if you think you can pull your storage container by using a tilt bed trailer and a wench, don't do it! The amount of tilt required is liable to damage the container's contents, and then what would be the point? You'd be better off using a forklift, or renting a crane. That way, your container is sure to remain upright while loading.

How to Move the Container

If your container is small enough (for instance, 40' or smaller), you can probably fit it on the back of a flat bed trailer. If it's too large, odds are pretty good you'll have to find a local trucking company for storage container trailers. NYC has several companies you can rent from, so you'll likely be able to find a trailer that fits your needs.

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What to do with Your Container after the Move

One of the great advantages of using a shipping container is you can use it afterwards as a permanent storage facility. If you're moving household goods, you may not need these right away. It can make the move a whole lot simpler just by leaving your stuff in the container. Check with local ordinances to make sure it's okay to have a storage container on your property. If it isn't allowed, or if you don't want to keep it, storage containers are commonly sold online or in classified ads.

Choosing the Container Size

There are all sorts of sizes of shipping containers. The standard container is 20' long by 8' wide by 8.5' tall. They can come in 9.5' in height, but the most common variation is in length, ranging from 10' to 53' long. The important thing to keep in mind is the amount of square footage you'll require both for the move and storage afterwards if you intend on keeping your container. For reference, a 10' container holds 680 cubic feet, while a 53' container has over 3600 square feet.

Using a shipping container for a move has some tremendous advantages, but there are some factors you'll want to consider before you commit to anything. After you've weighed the pros and cons, the next step is finding the right container that works best for you.