Moving Containers vs Moving Trucks: 4 Key Things to Consider

It’s no secret that moving comes with a lot of stress. After all, you have a lot of decisions to make and an overwhelming amount of work in front of you. The most cumbersome part of
moving anywhere is almost always the physical ‘moving’ part. You are literally and figuratively moving your life from one place to another, so it’s important to determine how this can best be accomplished.

Generally speaking, you have a couple options for moving your life from point A to point B, a moving truck or a moving container. In this article, we will compare and contrast the two methods so you can make the best decision for your big move. This comparison will be based on the following criteria; convenience, storage size, transportation and cost.

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When considering all the nuances of moving, finding ways to make the process easier or more
convenient should be top of mind. Let’s look at how convenient these two methods are:

  • Moving Container: There are several convenient benefits to using a container when making your big move. These containers are brought to your home and most people have them delivered weeks before they leave their old home behind. This gives you the ability to take your time getting organized and moving things out, opposed to doing it all in a day or two. When it is time for you to move to your next home, the container will be picked up and dropped off for you, meaning you don’t have to worry about driving a big truck, especially if you haven’t done so before.
  • Moving Truck: If you are renting a moving truck and handling things yourself, you are in complete control of your move. After all – some people prefer to handle everything themselves, especially when it comes to their home and their possessions.

Storage Size

Depending on the size of your home and the amount of belongings you need to transport, there
are some things to consider when choosing between a moving container and a moving truck:

  • Moving Container: From a storage perspective, moving containers have a competitive edge
    over trucks as they can hold everything from a typical 2-3 bedroom house, meaning most
    households would only need one trip to complete the move. This can be a huge advantage for
    people looking for a convenient and time efficient way to move.
  • Moving Truck: While most moving trucks will not hold as much as a moving container, you will most likely have options in terms of the size truck you choose. The truth is – not everyone lives in a three bedroom house. Some people are in 1-2 bedroom apartments with minimal furniture and belongings. In this case, a moving truck may be a more viable option from a storage perspective.


  • Moving Container: One large advantage to choosing a container company to handle your move is peace of mind, especially when it comes to transporting your belongings. This is something that is handled for you. For people who may not be comfortable with driving a moving truck with
    all of their things in the back, it is certainly an attractive option.
  • Moving Truck: Unless you hire a moving company and someone to transport your belongings for you, the chances are you will be responsible for the transportation of those belongings. As
    previously stated, some people may prefer to have complete control over their move and that is perfectly fine.


At face value, renting a moving container may require a little more investment opposed to a moving truck, however, there are often hidden costs associated with moving truck companies that people should be mindful of. This does not include the additional costs you may incur for gas, lodging and food when making your journey to your new home. Take everything into consideration, while also considering how much time things will cost you as well! Overall, the cost of moving will vary depending on where you live. If you are interested in learning more about making your big move with a container company, we can help. Visit


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