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January 14, 2014

The Future of Moving

When someone came up with the idea for a rental truck service to help move all your earthly possessions from here to there, it was probably the greatest idea since sliced bread. But let's be honest: it's far from the perfect solution. Rental trucks are hard to drive, the ramps are scary to use, and the lines at the rental place can seem to stretch around the block (since everyone tends to move at the end of the month). Frankly, why anyone would choose to use an antiquated rental truck when there's a thoroughly modern and far more useful solution for packing and moving is a question that's beyond the skill of this author to answer. So I'll just tell you how cool mobile moving containers are instead.

  • Sweet Scheduling Freedom
    One of the biggest hassles on moving day can be thinking you have to do it all in just one day, and truck rental schedules don't make it any easier. Moving containers work on your schedule: you tell the company when you need the container (or containers), they deliver it on that day, and you have as much time as you need to load it. Need a couple days? You got it. Need a couple weeks? No problem. In fact, some companies and home businesses keep a moving container onsite just about all year round, as extra storage. That's how flexible your timeframe can be.

  • On-Site Convenience
    Do you hate backing up a moving truck to just the right spot? Do you dread having to negotiate that narrow metal ramp on your way up into the back of the truck? Do you tremble at the thought of how much it'll cost to fill that cavernous gas tank? With moving containers, you can kiss every single one of those worries good-bye. Professional drivers deliver the unit to your house and place wherever you need it to be. The units are at ground level, so load-in is a snap. And when you're done loading, the moving container company will pick it up and deliver it to wherever you need to go -- the driving is all taken care of.

  • Off-Site Opportunities
    Moving containers can also be used as portable storage containers. You read that right: the container you load to move your things to a new house can be the exact same container you use to store whatever needs storing. After you've unloaded your belongings at your new house, you can leave your storage items inside, and the company will transport the container to a storage facility, saving you that extra trip at the end of what's already a long and sweaty day. Need to get back into the unit? You can visit the facility or have the unit delivered to your house again. Can a rental truck do that?
Maybe someday our children, and our children's children, will wonder how their prehistoric ancestors did things. And maybe by then there will be a special display in the museum of natural history, a display devoted to the old rental truck, perhaps sandwiched between the abacus and Blockbuster Video. And the old folks can tell them seemingly fantastic tales of a time before portable moving containers, when moving from here to there was way harder than it needed to be.