How to Prepare for Moving Container Delivery: 5 Things You Need To Do

Whether you’ve decided to work with a moving container company or you’re curious about how the process works, you’ve clicked on a great article!

At Get Simple Box, we have helped thousands of people make their big move with our moving container service, so we’ve put together a list of five things you need to do to prepare for container delivery to ensure a safe and effective experience.

#1: Ensure a moving container is allowed in your neighborhood

Depending on where you live, you may have to check with your homeowners association before deciding to place a container on your property. There may be HOA regulations concerning portable containers but it’s always a good idea to check first to see if on-site storage is allowed in your neighborhood.

If you are going to be placing the container on the street, you will definitely want to refer to your local zoning laws. Rules and regulations will vary by city so you will need to call your local municipality.

#2: Choose delivery area

If you are going to be taking delivery of a moving container, one of the first things you’ll want to do is decide where this container will be placed on your property. There are some important factors to consider when making this selection. You’ll want to ensure that the container is placed on a hard, flat surface. Shipping containers can weigh anywhere from 20,000 – 60,000 pounds. If an object that weighs this much were to be placed on wet ground, for example, the container would surely sink.

#3: Give the container adequate space

Before you take delivery of the shipping container, ensure that there is an appropriate amount of space surrounding the container itself. This will give the delivery driver enough space to make turns to get in, around and out of the property and make the loading process much easier. An ideal amount of space between the container and other objects or obstructions is 15-20 feet.

#4: Limit obstructions near container

Along similar lines, it is important to make sure that there are no obstructions around the container that could make it challenging for delivery drivers to pickup/deliver the container. For example, you will want to ensure that things like power and telephone lines are well out of the way, as many trucks will tilt up to 16’ when picking up/dropping the moving container.

#5: Check the work

Once the delivery of the container is complete, be sure to check its security and integrity. Open and close the door, making sure it seals properly. Ensure the lock functions properly and if you have any questions or concerns regarding the container, be sure to call the company that delivered it.


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