In recent years, shipping containers have soared in popularity in the United States as more and more individuals recognize them as a versatile and affordable storage option. However, in addition to safe and secure personal storage, shipping containers also represent a simple and affordable solution for individuals, families, and businesses looking to move to a new location.

With AAA Mobile Storage, we can aid you in your moving journey by providing affordable short-term container rentals that allow you to pack up your belongings on your own time, without the rush or cost of using a traditional moving truck. Each of our containers is durable, weather-resistant, and capable of being transported directly to your new residence.

Make a Plan

The first step in preparing to pack your shipping container for a move is to make a plan. You’ll need to develop a timeline for rental, packing, transport, and unpacking– if you have a moving date set already this should be pretty easy to do. Give yourself plenty of time. One of the main benefits of opting for a storage container instead of a moving truck is the extra time it can give you, so take advantage of it!

You’ll also need to decide where you’re going to place your shipping container. This location must be accessible by truck and large enough to fit the storage container size you’ve rented or purchased. Many individuals opt for the street right in front of their home, or perhaps a paved or dirt area to the side of your home if you have one.

Lastly, as with any move, you’ll need packing supplies. Make sure you have all the boxes, furniture covers, tape, bubble wrap, transport dollies, and other moving items you’ll need to pack and protect your items efficiently.

Prepare Your Belongings

The next step is to prepare your belongings for the move– taking a bit of extra time to clean and organize your items before packing them up will really speed things up in the long run. Before packing any of your items, you may want to go through your home and gift, donate, recycle, or throw away any items you won’t need in your new home. Not only does this limit the number of items you actually need to pack up in boxes, but it can also help your new home feel fresh and uncluttered.

Next, it’s also worth taking the time to make sure all your items are clean and dry before being packed up– this is especially important if there’s going to be any significant gap in time between packing and unpacking your storage container. If you make sure all your belongings are thoroughly cleaned before they’re put into the storage container, you’ll thank yourself later while unpacking things in your new home.

Get Packing!

Now it’s finally time to actually start the packing process. Make sure to protect your belongings by wrapping delicate or fragile items in newspaper, bubble wrap, or other padding, and placing them in containers that can shield them from dents, cracks, and breaks during transport. Large items like furniture and appliances can be covered in breathable fabric such as a sheet or moving blanket to prevent scratches.

When placing items in the storage container, it pays to be strategic. Think about how you can load your items in a way that fills as much space as possible while also remaining stable during transport. Often, it’s smart to create a wall of stacked boxes and then fill in the space between the top of the wall and the top of the storage container with bags of clothing or blankets. If you’re packing furniture, it may help to do something like leaning a sofa on its side, or taking the legs off of a table so it can be packed vertically.

Storage Container Solutions in Southern Utah

If you’re moving soon and are considering using a storage container to transport your belongings, AAA Mobile Storage can provide the perfect solution. In addition to moving services, we also offer rental, sales, and modification services for a variety of storage container sizes. Contact us today to learn more.

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