How soon do I need to empty my moving container?

Moving your stuff out of storage and wondering about the timeframe for emptying your portable unit? This episode of Flex TV covers the essentials of unloading timelines. Our Flexpert provides insights into rental period policies and strategies to avoid extra fees. Whether you’re juggling a hectic move, juggling a remodel, or trying to plan ahead […]

How soon do I need to empty my moving container? Now Louise, if you’re moving from one location to another with all of your stuff and you need some time to set up the house, maybe remodel, maybe you just need time to unpack without any added pressure, you want to know how long you have before you need to return the to the portable storage company from which you rented it. So the first thing you’re going to want to check is the policy of the portable storage provider. Most providers will allow you to keep the unit for basically as long as you want. You will be paying for the time that you’re keeping it, obviously, and sometimes they will make you pay for the entire month even if you need it for less time. So take that under consideration. If you know you only have a few days, really shop around, try to figure out what’s the cheapest option and make the most of the time you have in order to have your move be organized and stress-free as possible. If you’ve reached the end of your contract and you need more time, it’s not even an issue. You just call the company, extend your contract, and you can keep it for longer. Again, please ask them ahead of time how they’re going to charge you. Will it be by the day? Will it be by the month? Some companies even charge by the week and that might be preferable for this kind of situation. The other thing you really want to make sure of before you book a unit like that is the local regulations. I’m talking HOA, city regulations, county regulations. You need to figure out what type of container and what size you can place on your property, where on your property you’re allowed to place it. Is it okay to place it in your driveway? Is it okay to place it on your yard? So, find out what you’re actually allowed to do in terms of your local regulations because you don’t want to piss anybody off doing it. So, Louise, in short, mostly you can take your time for as long as you want. It’s just a matter of how much you’re willing to pay. So, I really suggest you shop around before you book your unit. Ask about the different policies. Maybe explain to your rep exactly what you need and have them work to accommodate your schedule and your needs. Usually, they should be happy to do it.

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