Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to these popular portable units:
Where will the storage container be placed?
The storage container company will place the container wherever you tell them to put it within reason, of course. Most people have these units placed in front of their house, usually in the driveway. Homeowners who keep their cars in the garage will probably want to have the container set along the curb. If your driveway has a slope, the storage container will be placed so the opening faces the upward slope of your driveway.
Can I move the storage container after it's dropped off?
No. While the storage container has wheels, the wheels are locked into position after the container is delivered and placed. So it's important to tell the company exactly where you want the driver to leave the container, especially if you're not going to be home when the delivery is made.
Can the moving container be locked?
Yes. Depending on the company you work with, you'll either get a key for your container or you'll be able to use your own personal lock to secure the door on the container. In either case, you can rest easy because you'll be the only person with a key to the container.
What's the moving container made of?
This depends on the moving company you work with. Companies use containers made from construction-grade wood, steel and aluminum, or heavy-duty plastic.
Are my belongings insured inside the container?
In many cases, your homeowner's insurance policy covers items stored on your premises (even if they're in a container) or while the container is in transit to your new home. Check with your insurance agent to make sure your policy offers that coverage. If your storage container is held in the moving company's warehouse for a period of time, the company may offer you a contents insurance policy through a third-party provider to cover the items while in storage.
Will someone help me load the container?
Most moving container companies have experienced movers available if you need help loading or unloading your container. Make sure to check whether there are fees associated with moving help.
Can moving containers be transported overseas?
Some moving container companies do offer international shipping and delivery. Always check the company website or call and speak to one of their customer service representatives to find out if the company provides this service.
Is there anything that can't be stored in a moving container?
Yes. Each moving container company has a list of items it doesn't allow to be stored in its containers. Items not allowed typically include hazardous, flammable or corrosive materials; any live animals or plants; and any non-preserved fresh or frozen foods.