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Moving Made Simple - Debunking 10 Misconceptions About Moving with Portable Storage Containers

2024 April 01
Written by Make Space Storage

Moving to a new home can be a daunting task but Make Space Storage is here to make it simple. 

At Make Space we specialize in making storage simple across Canada, but did you know that we can simplify your move too? 

One of the easiest ways to move, whether you’re moving to a new town or just down the block, is by using portable storage containers. These containers, also called sea cans or shipping containers, can make moving a breeze by letting you pack and unpack at your own pace and avoid the high cost of movers (or the anxiety of trying to navigate a rental box truck around the city on your own!). 

Despite the clear positives of moving with portable storage containers, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the process that make it seem intimidating when really, it’s simple and user-friendly. So, let's debunk 10 common misconceptions about moving with portable storage containers.

1. Myth: Portable Storage Containers are Expensive

Reality: Contrary to popular belief, portable storage containers offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional moving methods. With transparent pricing and no hidden fees, you have better control over your budget.

2. Myth: Portable Containers are Only for Long-Distance Moves

Reality: While portable storage containers are ideal for long-distance relocations, they're just as easy to use for local and short distance moves. Their flexibility allows you to customize your move to suit your needs, regardless of the distance.

3. Myth: Portable Containers Sacrifice Accessibility

Reality: Many people worry about limited access to their belongings during the moving process but at Make Space Storage we’re in the business of helping people access their stuff whenever they need it. 

The portable storage unit can stay at your location for as long as you’d like it there. That means that if you’re staging your home or want to declutter and pack over a longer period of time your belongings are literally right outside. 

If you need us to keep your unit safe and secure between when we pick it up from you and when you need it dropped off at your new location – we are happy to help! We’ll bring your unit to our secure facility and provide access to it when you need it. Then when you’re ready for delivery - we’ll deliver it where you need It, when you need it. It really is that simple! 

4. Myth: Portable Containers Lack Security

Reality: Security is a top priority when it comes to moving belongings. Portable storage containers are designed with safety in mind, made from durable steel and constructed to withstand the elements, insects and rodents, shipping containers are securely lockable to protect your things.

5. Myth: Portable Containers are Complicated to Use

Reality: Some believe that using portable storage containers requires special skills or experience. In truth, these containers are designed for ease of use. We deliver the container right to your doorstep, allowing you to pack at your own pace, simplifying the moving process.

Plus, forget about maneuvering a box truck through bustling city streets – we handle all transportation for you! Our seasoned drivers gladly shoulder that responsibility, ensuring a hassle-free experience for you.

6. Myth: Portable Containers Only Work for Large Homes

Reality: Whether you're moving from a studio apartment or a sprawling mansion, portable storage containers can accommodate homes of all sizes. Our containers are 8 feet high, 8 feet wide and 20 feet long. If you have extra space in the container, we recommend using straps to keep everything secure.

7. Myth: Portable Containers are Unreliable

Reality: Some fear that portable storage containers may not arrive on time or that their belongings could get lost in transit. With Make Space Storage you’re in control of your unit until we pick the container up and deliver it either to our facility or to your new home. We have years of experience making sure that your unit is delivered exactly where you need it when you need it – we told you it was simple! 

8. Myth: Portable Containers Damage Belongings

Reality: Concerns about potential damage during transit are common, but portable storage containers are designed to minimize the risk of damage. With proper packing techniques and secure transportation, your belongings are well-protected throughout the move. When packing, place heavy items on the container's floor and lighter ones on top. Use moving blankets to protect furniture and straps to secure belongings if needed. Packing the unit tightly ensures you fit more and keeps your items safer.

We have years of experience moving our containers. Units are loaded slowly and safely on and off our trucks, and we also recommend and can provide our customers with packing supplies that will help keep your belongings secure inside the units.

9. Myth: Portable Containers are Inconvenient for Packing

Reality: Packing can be a daunting task, but portable storage containers actually make it more convenient. They're delivered directly to your doorstep, allowing you to pack at your own pace without the pressure of strict timelines. You don’t even need to be present when the container is dropped off. You simply need to ensure that there is sufficient space for us to deliver. As a courtesy, we will call and confirm delivery instructions the day before delivering or picking up your container.

10. Myth: Portable Containers are Only for Temporary Storage

Reality: While portable storage containers are commonly used for temporary storage during moves, they can also serve as long-term storage solutions. These containers can be the perfect solution if you have a timing gap between the move-out date of your old home and the move-in date of your new home. They are also great if you’re temporarily relocating somewhere between moves or if you’re planning extensive home renovations to your new home and need a safe and secure home for your belongings until your new home is move-in ready. 

Whether you need short-term or extended storage, these containers offer flexibility to accommodate your needs. The best thing is - you don’t even need to know how long you need storage when booking with us. We’ll keep your valuables safe at our very reasonable monthly storage rate until you’re ready for them. 

Are you ready for your next move?

Using portable storage containers for your next move isn't just about convenience; it's about simplifying the process and providing peace of mind during a potentially stressful time. With Make Space Storage, you not only get the convenience of packing at your own pace and the assurance of secure transportation, but you also gain access to flexible storage solutions that cater to your unique needs. So, whatever your moving schedule looks like, portable storage containers offer a seamless transition and a safe haven for your belongings. 

Ready to experience the convenience and reliability of moving with portable storage containers? Contact Make Space Storage today to learn more about our flexible storage solutions, check out our locations, and start your quote.  

Say goodbye to the stress and uncertainty of traditional moving methods make moving simple with Make Space Storage.

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