Christopher Barrett | Wakefield Real Estate, Lynnfield Real Estate, Melrose Real Estate


If you are planning for a move, hiring a truck is one of the first things that comes to mind. However, trucks are not the only means to transport your belongings. Have you ever heard of a Moving Container? A Moving container is a portable and durable storage unit that you can use to carry your stuff to your new home if it is located in another city or across the country.

When it comes to moving containers, one company that unarguably holds the position as the founder is PODS, but other companies have joined the field as well such as U-Haul and Mayflower. Renting a moving container from these companies is a cost-efficient and safe way to move your belongings to your home. However, if it is your first time, here are some specific things you need to know before renting a moving container.

How does it work?

Hiring a moving container is straightforward. The first thing that you will want to do is choose whether you want to store, move or do both with your stuff. After that, you will have to decide whether the container at the company's storage center or your location. 

What is the cost?

For moving the cost depends on the size, distance, and duration of the container. In terms of storage, you will have the option to store the container on your lawn or at their storage location. However, the cost depends on the duration and the size of the container used.

What are their container sizes?

Containers have several sizes such as the 7-foot container, 12-foot container, and 16-foot container.

What happens if the unit gets damaged on your property?

If the container gets damaged while parked at your home, in most cases you will be responsible to foot the bill for the repair.

What happens if a storage container sits on my driveway for a long time?

When a container remains at your home for an extended period, obviously you will pay more. Apart from that, pests such as ants and other insects might invade the storage container if not closed tightly. 

Will the container affect the grass on my lawn?

Yes, parking a container on your lawn for an extended period will deprive it of sunlight thus damaging your landscaping.

Renting a moving container is a great idea when moving cross country; however, a moving container is a two-sided coin so before you rent one, make sure you need it.


You need a self-storage facility if you want to be more organized or you are moving to your new apartment. Now, how can you choose the right self-storage facility considering the numerous options available? These are the tips that will help you decide on the storage facility that is perfect for you: 

Decide what you want to store 

Before you start looking for the right facility to use, you need to know how much space you need. Knowing your space requirement is essential because you will see the type of unit to rent. If you have furniture, paperwork, antiques, boat or vehicle that requires storage, you will need more expansive space. In short, the type of facility you need depends on what you intend to store. For instance, your artwork and antiques require climate control while outdoor storage is perfect for your RV.

Check insurance requirements 

Look at the renter's policy or your homeowner's insurance to check if it covers the items that you intend to store. Checking the insurance requirement is essential because the company might stipulate the storage that your insurance policy includes.

Check the facility features 

Storage facilities that give you unrestricted access to your unit whenever you need it are the ones you should consider. Some facilities are only accessible during business hours while some have 24-hours access. The security of the facility is also an important consideration. Apart from having a fence and a gate, it should have a functioning surveillance camera.

Consider the distance 

Driving across the town every time to get to your unit can be frustrating; therefore you should consider the distance when choosing a self-storage facility. It might just be worth paying a bit extra for your convenience. 

Know the facility policies 

All the facilities have their rules. It is vital that you check the facility policies before making your decision. Some do monthly rentals while others rent for a contracted period only. You should also note that most facilities have rules guiding the kind of items you can store in their facility. Therefore, beware of their policies and follow them.

Read online reviews

Check online to read reviews from previous users before you make your choice. Consider the facility that provides excellent service and is also convenient for you. 

Regardless of the storage facility you intend to go for, be sure that their charges are within your budget, and it is convenient for you. Also find out their fines for late fees, long-term discounts and other offers you may be able to utilize.


At it’s best, packing and moving your things when you buy a new home is a lot of work. At its worst, it can be downright dangerous if you aren’t careful when lifting and moving heavy items.

A necessary evil of moving to a new home, packing is probably the least favorite part of moving for your average homeowner. However, there are ways you can make this process easier, saving you time and ensuring that decorating your new homes is a simple and satisfying task.

In today’s post, I’m going to run down the list of 5 packing and moving tips to help make your move faster and easier than you thought possible.

1. Cleaning and decluttering

One of the best times to clean out your home is leading up to a move. First, if you’re selling your old home, it will pay off to make the house as clean and uncluttered as possible to attract potential buyers. However, you’ll also likely find that there is a lot of junk that you simply don't need to bring to your new home.

When packing each room, keep a garbage bag with you for things you might want to donate or throw away. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you’ve used or appreciated the item in the last two years. If not, you might find that it’s easier just to get rid of.

2. Schedule your packing

There are some items in your home that you’ll want available up until the day you move. Others you might not need for weeks or months until after you’ve settled into your new home. You can lessen your workload by spreading out your packing process across the span of a month or so, tackling a few items each week.

A good example of planned packing is to start packing your seasonal clothing that you won’t need until the next winter or summer.

3. Have someone carry away your old junk

If you have bulk items or furniture that you plan on getting rid of, put them on Craigslist or call a donation center with pick-up a month in advance of your move. This will help you get rid of large items without ever having to leave your home.

4. Hiring movers

Hiring movers might be out of some new homeowners’ budgets. However, there are certain times of the week that you can get lower prices. Movers are typically the busiest on the weekend, often making weekdays a more affordable alternative.

5. Find your local box stockpile

There’s typically no need to spend money on boxes if you give yourself enough time to find a good supplier. Some grocery and department stores will give away their boxes for free because you’re saving them on recycling costs.

Another good option is your local liquor store who probably has several empty wine and beer cases to give away.


You’ve made it through the bidding process and you’ve finally unpacked the last of your boxes. It’s finally time to show off your new home to your friends, family, and new neighbors! Throwing a party can be intimidating, especially a housewarming party since it's not every day you move to a new house. If you don’t know where to start to host your housewarming party keep reading for some tricks and tips below. Send out the invites. In the age of technology sending out e-vites is as easy as a few clicks and saves on postage, however, physical invitations include the opportunity to add a handwritten note to your loved ones and new neighbors. This adds a personalized and thoughtful touch to let them know you look forward to having them attend your party. You may also want to consider allowing guests to bring a friend. Doing so will also help you expand your social circle in your new community and make new acquaintances more comfortable. Including a reply by date will give you the opportunity to know how many guests to expect and allow you to plan accordingly. Clean and stock your home. A tidy home will impress your guests. Ensure that every room is spick and span as your guests will be hoping to see each room in your new home. Make sure your bathroom is well stocked for your guests. Think items like toilet paper, soap, air freshener, and extra towels. Go the extra mile and make your home smell good with lightly scented candles or an oil diffuser. Plan your menu. Skip the sit-down dinner in favor of finger foods. You will also want to keep dietary restrictions in mind when creating your menu, include a few vegetarian, dairy free and/or gluten free options to play safe. Creating a few different table spreads will allow for guests to mix and mingle throughout the house and avoid an overcrowded room. Greet guests. Be sure to greet incoming guests at the door or assign someone to do so for you to create a welcoming atmosphere for your party. Offer to take any coats or bags and make introductions to other guests to encourage a sociable atmosphere. Entertain. Have some simple games on hand to occupy guests like horseshoes or tic-tac-toe. You’ll also want to have a playlist prepared ahead of time to encourage a party atmosphere. If putting together a playlist isn’t your thing look into a music service that will automate one for you so that all you need to do is pick the atmosphere you would like for your party. The idea of hosting a party might seem like the last thing you want to do after the stress of buying and moving house however you can throw a party that is just as much fun for you as it is for your guests. By planning a casual housewarming party you can put in minimal planning and focus more time on having fun with your friends, family, and new neighbors.



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