Are you planning a move to or from the UK?
Moving is one of the most stressful things we have to do.
Whether you are moving across town, across the country, or an ocean away, moving is time-consuming and expensive. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a cheaper alternative?
Guide To Moving Home Using Shipping Containers
Planning on using shipping containers to transport furniture during your next move? Here’s everything you need to know about the process, from start to finish.
1. How It Works
Renting a shipping container is fairly simple. First, you need to decide how much furniture you are moving and select a container size, rent a container, load it, and then have the container shipped to your new home.
2. Find A Reputable Moving Company
Just as with a tradition move, research reputable moving companies in your area. While you may have fewer options to choose from, it’s still important to perform your due diligence.
4. Choosing A Container Size
For the average 2-3 bedroom home, a 20-foot shipping container should provide plenty of space. If you don’t have room for a 20-foot container on your lot, a 10-foot container should be big enough for the average 2-bedroom home.
3. Keeping Your Budget In Mind
Renting two smaller shipping containers is sometimes more efficient, though we would suggest saving money by going with just one 20-foot box.
Much larger containers are available but are obviously more expensive, so take a close look at the amount of furniture and other belongings you have to ship and choose the container that best fits your needs.
Prices are usually based both on the size container you’ll need and the distance you are shipping.
5. Container Delivery
After you’ve confirmed arraignments with the container company, they will drop off the box (or boxes), so that you can start loading.
These containers are weather-resistant and can be simply left on the front lawn or the driveway during the loading process.
Before you rent the container be sure to ask what type of security features the box offers. You might also want to contact your insurance company to inquire about what coverage they’ll provide should anything happen. Most container companies include insurance in the price, but be sure to ask.
6. Unloading Your Container At Your New Home
Once all your stuff is packed into the container and shipped to your new home, you will need to unload your things from the box within a predetermined time. This typically doesn’t take more than a day.
If you decide you need more time, contact the container company to request an extension.
Moving Your Home With A Shipping Container
Shipping containers are an efficient and money-saving way to move, especially across long distances like moving from the UK to Canada, moving to Australia from the UK, freight-forwarding the UK to the USA, or moving to Spain from the UK.
Renting shipping containers is a smart choice for movers looking to take some of the stress out of their next move.