Moving House: What to Consider When Buying Your Own Moving Shipping Container

Whether you’re moving across the country or simply relocating a few minutes away, buying a shipping container for your move can be roundly beneficial. Armed with your own shipping container, a sturdy, versatile, turnkey piece of equipment, you’re in control of your move day.

pexels-karolina-grabowska-4498125Many people purchase a shipping container for home moving because it’s a flexible alternative to on-the-day shipping with a moving company. And, as a bonus, you will own the shipping container to use for additional storage or for other purposes at your new property.

But let’s back up a step. Before you buy a shipping container for moving house, you probably have questions surrounding shipping container moving and shipping containers in general.

This guide aims to answer all of your most pressing questions about buying a shipping container for moving houses: Why do it, how to get the ball rolling, what to consider, and how to arrange pick-up and delivery of loaded shipping containers.

Why Book a Shipping Container When Moving?

Before detailing the ins and outs of ordering, acquiring, and moving a shipping container, let’s briefly explore a few benefits you can expect when you order a shipping container for moving.

Here at Boxhub, we speak with a lot of delighted customers who can’t imagine any other way to move. Through these conversations, we’ve gleaned the following commonly cited benefits of shipping container moving.

Shipping containers used for appliance storage

With Your Own Shipping Container, You Call the Shots

It’s your shipping container, your rules, your move. You own the transportation vessel. You can use your shipping container for moving house appliances, automobiles, refrigerated items and a whole host of other items that moving companies can’t move on trucks alone.
Just make sure you get the right shipping container for your particular needs – a process that one of Boxhub’s knowledgeable container specialists is happy to help with.

Shipping Containers Facilitate a Quick, Painless Move

Once you’ve loaded and filled your shipping container for moving, pick-up and transportation is relatively smooth sailing. Provided you arrange the right moving method (more on that below), transportation is straightforward since all of your assets are neatly compartmentalized in a secure box.

A new "one-trip" shipping containerA Weather-Proof Safe Haven for Your Assets

When we say secure, we mean secure. Shipping containers are designed to facilitate the long-distance transportation of goods that are often expensive, fragile and/or hazardous. Therefore, a shipping container needs to be sturdy, simple to use, and weather-proof.
If you’re concerned about getting your precious assets from A to B, shipping containers for moving are the way to go.

A Versatile, End-to-End, Relaxing Solution for Home Moving

A common home moving frustration – especially for people moving long distances – is that the experience is frenetic, fast-paced and stressful. You have to gather, load and secure all of your belongings on the moving day. And you have to do it all in reverse, just as quickly, when you reach your destination.

With a shipping container move, you have some breathing room. You can stage items in the shipping container as far in advance as you like, so moving day is a simple grab-and-go operation. At your destination, you can take your time unloading – extending the unpacking period over weeks or even months. Some people continue to use their shipping container as extended storage at their new home.

The bottom line: Shipping container moves are relaxing, versatile and self-paced.

Acquiring Shipping Containers with Boxhub is Secure and Convenient

Here’s one last reason to consider a shipping container for moving house items: We’ve made the process simple.

We work with you to find the ideal balance between container price and condition, new or used. And we can arrange the container delivery right to your door. You don’t need to have a background in logistics or shipping to use our service – we’re here for everyday people who want to capitalize on the benefits of shipping container moving.

How It Works

Cardboard boxes stored in a shipping container

So, you’ve made up your mind: you’re impressed by the benefits of shipping containers for moving house goods, and have landed on a specific shipping container that fits your needs. What comes next?

Acquiring a shipping container used to be a complex and opaque process for the average person. If you didn’t personally know someone at a port, you had to jump over several hurdles to get a shipping container – and, even then, there was no guarantee of a fair price.

Boxhub streamlines the process. You start by telling us what kind of container you’re after – new, used, dry, refrigerated, 20 ft., 40 ft., etc. Then, we source directly from the closest port to you, ensuring you get the best price for your shipping containers. Lastly, we arrange a fast delivery right to your door – right in time for your home moving day. (Although you can arrange to pick the container up, if you prefer).

Whether you’re scheduling a move well in the future or right around the corner, contact our container experts to get your shipping containers for moving.

Arranging the Delivery of Full Containers

One of the most important aspects to consider when opting to move with a shipping container is how to transport and deliver the full container. As we’ll detail below, not all shipping containers transport the same way – your method of delivery, mode of transport and lift requirements will depend on the container you choose.

Here we try to explain the main things you need to consider:

20ft containers:

Loaded 20ft containers can normally be picked-up by most moving companies, and are easy to transport on shorter distances. They represent a fantastic option for quick, easy container moving.


A tilt-bed truck used for shipping container deliveries

These would normally be transported on "roll-off/ tilt-bed trailers". Some of the companies offering this service do have restrictions on how far they will travel with these trucks, so plan well in advance.

Flatbed & crane:

If you are moving long-distance, it might be more beneficial to book a "flatbed" trailer for shipping container moving, which is generally cheaper. The disadvantage is that you would have to arrange to have the loaded container lifted onto the trailer both at home moving origin and destination, which would require either a forklift (approved for the loaded weight) or a crane.

40ft containers:

A loaded 40ft moving container is more difficult to handle due to the extra length and weight. As a consequence, most ground level transportation companies are not able to pick-up and move 40ft loaded containers. In the case of moving 40ft containers, there are two options:


A storage container side-loaded onto a truck for delivery

To transport a loaded 40ft moving container, the side-lifter is the ideal solution as they can take a fully loaded 40ft moving container and load/offload it where you need it. In this way you avoid having to book a crane or forklift. These trucks are, however, more expensive than traditional flatbed transports. However, it does remove all the headache of having to coordinate both trucking company and crane/forklift company.

Flatbed + crane:

As an alternative, you can book a crane at the origin to lift the moving shipping container onto a flatbed truck, and a similar crane at the destination site to offload the container. While the flatbed transport might be cheap, renting cranes could be expensive, so it's always a good idea to get these costs clarified in advance.

A shipping container lifted onto a flatbed truck with a crane

Alternative: Buy an Empty Container Delivered to Your New Property

If the reason for buying the container is mainly to use it at your new property, it’s also a possibility to have it delivered straight to your new property (empty) and book a moving company to do the actual move of your household goods.

To summarize, we believe that a moving house container is the best way to get your home valuables from point A to B – wherever your destination is in the world. Shipping containers for moving are convenient, durable, weather-proof and versatile. And shipping container moves are a relatively relaxed experience compared to hectic on-the-day moves. We hope that you found this guide useful and don't hesitate to get in touch with the team in case of any questions.

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