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Renting A Portable Storage Container Vs. A Moving Truck: Which One Should You Use?

Planning a big move? How do you transport your stuff? Do you rent a moving truck or do you rent a storage container? Shipping containers are quickly becoming a fast and easy way to move your belongings, whereas moving trucks will never go out of style. Which one should you use?

Renting A Portable Storage Container Vs. A Moving Truck: Which One Should You Use?

Truck rental: The costs can skyrocket

Although truck rentals are usually the go-to transportation service for moving, the costs can be very overwhelming. You would have to drive the truck which can be intimidating if you don’t have experience maneuvering large vehicles. Moreover, the price of gas is never stable and even if you rent the truck with a full tank, big vehicles like this eat gasoline like it’s their last meal.

In terms of timing, must truck rental companies will let you rent the vehicle for as long as you need. However, this can be very expensive. You will probably be charged a fee for the duration that you need the truck, plus you’ll have to pay for a certain number of kilometres. For instance, if you are moving within the same city, being charged by the kilometre won’t make that much of a difference. But, if you are moving to another city or another province, you’ll be paying a hefty price to travel. Don’t forget the truck insurance! You’ll need to purchase that to ensure that you are covered in the event of an accident.

Shipping containers: More moving, less money

When you rent a storage container for your big move you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for. There are no added costs for gas, you don’t have to drive it and you can rent it for as long as you need it. Most shipping containers companies charge a flat fee for their rentals and will drop off and pick up the container once you’ve filled it with your furniture etc. They’ll then drop it off at your new home, even if it’s out of province.

The only thing to worry about with shipping containers for moving is that you may need a permit to place it on your lawn. Some municipalities are fine with you housing a storage container on your lawn for a few days while others may require you to purchase a permit for a small fee. Contact the local governments of your current and new home to get this information.

To inquire about our shipping containers for rent for your big move, contact Secure Container today.

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