Information is brought to you by
Samir El Fakih
Selector Realty

Should You Use a Moving Container?


When relocating to a new home, you can hire a moving company, rent a moving truck or van, or use a moving container. The last option—a moving container—offers several pros and cons.


If you rent a moving container, you can park it in your driveway or yard and load it up at your own pace. You can then transport your belongings to your new house or put the container in storage. You may want to store your possessions if you’re having your new home renovated and can’t move in right away, or if you have belongings that you want to keep, but you can’t fit them in your new home or would rather not have them taking up space.

Loading and Unloading

If you decide to use a moving container, you will have to find people to help you load it. Lifting heavy furniture and arranging it can be challenging and stressful. There is a chance that furniture or the house may get damaged when you’re moving things or that someone may get injured.

When you arrive at your new home, you will need a team to unload the moving container and carry things inside. If your new house isn’t too far from your old one, the same people may be able to help you unload the container. If you’re planning to move a long distance, however, you’ll have to find another team to help you move into your new house. 

If you would prefer not to deal with these issues, you can hire professional movers. They will most likely be able to get the job done faster and with less stress than you and your friends or family can.

Potential Damage During Moving or Storage

If you don’t pack your belongings carefully, they can shift and get damaged when the container is being moved. Also, some items should not be put into a moving container and then left in storage as changes in humidity and temperature can cause damage. If your possessions get damaged in one of those ways, the company that provided the moving container may have language in its contract that will prevent you from being compensated.


If you hire a moving company, they will have moving straps, dollies and other equipment needed to make the process go smoothly. If you choose a DIY move, you may have to buy or rent some of those things, which can add to the overall cost of the move.

Your local government may require a permit to have a moving container on your property and may charge a fee. If you belong to a homeowners association, parking a moving container on your property may violate the rules, and as a result, you may have to pay a fine.

Hiring professional movers can be expensive, especially for long-distance moves. A moving container may cost you significantly less, but you will have to assume a number of risks. Carefully weigh all of these factors when making a decision.

You agree to receive property info, updates, and other resources via email, phone and/or text message. Your wireless carrier may impose charges for messages received. You may withdraw consent anytime. We take your privacy seriously.