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Moving Your Home? Use Shipping Containers

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We all know that moving home is cannot only be an expensive endeavour, but it can also be an extremely stressful one. If you are looking to move home in the near future and are looking for ways to cut down on the cost and the stress, you should consider hiring a shipping container and pack the contents of your home yourself.

One of the great benefits of using a shipping container and packing yourself is that you can get everything packed up at your own pace. That means, you can spread the task over a number of days instead of rushing to get everything done in one day. There are lots of companies offering shipping containers for hire, and they can even deliver the shipping container to your new home once it has been packed.

Choosing a Company to Hire a Shipping Container from

If you do a quick search of the internet for shipping containers for hire, there will be a number of different companies that you can choose from to hire a shipping container. The shipping containers vary in size, from 10 feet up to 40 feet, so you will need to work out the size of shipping container you require and get several quotes from the different companies. Many companies will offer you a rental contract which runs on a monthly basis, but there are companies that will let you rent their shipping containers on a daily basis. As soon as you have finished with the shipping container, you arrange collection and then pay for the days that you have used it rather than paying for a full month.

When you have decided on the company that you are going to hire your shipping container from, then all you need to do is arrange for the delivery of your shipping container, so that you can start packing.

Plan How to Pack your Shipping Container

It is a good idea if you can come up with a plan on how you are going to load your shipping container. When loading the container, the bigger, heavier objects should be loaded first.

  • Beds
  • Wardrobes
  • Sofa and Chairs
  • Large Electrical Appliances (e.g., Washing Machine, Dishwasher)
  • Dining Room Table and Chairs

With some of the larger furniture such as beds and wardrobes, it is best to dismantle them before loading these into the shipping container to save space. Make sure that everything is loaded securely. Throughout the interior of the shipping container you will see bullrings, which can be used as fixed points to latch the cargo down firmly.

packing cargo

You may also want to spread the weight evenly across the floor of the shipping container. When you have loaded the larger things into the shipping container, you can then start to load all the boxes which contain your possessions. Stack these in an orderly fashion in order to make the best use of space that you can. You can also use a cargo net and secure the boxes down firmly using the bullrings inside the shipping container.

Then it is time to have the shipping container collected and delivered to your new home where you can take your time unloading the shipping container at your own leisure. When you have finished unloading and have moved everything into your new home, a quick phone call and your shipping container can be collected, and you can pay the outstanding balance for the amount of days that you used the container for.

Anything that makes moving home less hassle has got to be a good thing, and you may just save yourself some money as well!