Using A Shipping Container to Move or to Transport Goods

Planning a move can be complicated. Transporting all your belongings to your new location can be expensive. If you already have a Conex container to store items, this problem is easily solved. Conex containers are a convenient way to pack and ship items. These shipping containers allow individuals to make a move at their own pace.

Being able to sort and pack your items at your pace makes the moving experience less stressful. Personal items will be safe and secure because shipping containers are weatherproof, durable, and able to accommodate a houseful of items. Conex containers are incredibly mobile. They can be moved from one location to another location with ease and for a reasonable price.

There are a few techniques to use when packing a container that will make a move successful. Filling a container too hastily and with little thought can be dangerous for your property, especially if breakable items are placed improperly. When packing a container, one needs to take time and plan accordingly. Planning the packing will make the unpacking easier and with minimal damage to your belongings. Pack the items you need to have immediately at your new home last. That way you’ll unpack them first at the new place.

Pack Smart, Don’t Risk Breaking Anything

Boxes can be filled but should not weigh more than thirty pounds. This weight limit makes boxes easy to handle and stack. Also, be mindful of the placement of the boxes. Don’t just put them anywhere. As a rule of thumb, the heavier boxes should be below the lighter boxes. This placement avoids lighter boxes being crushed by heavier boxes.

Wrap breakable or delicate items before placing them in a box. Newspaper or bubble wrap works well, but if it’s a short-distance move, some people use clothing. No matter which wrapping material is used, make sure there is minimal space inside the boxes, and items don’t bump into one another. Tight packing with cushioning material will reduce breakage.

A Shipping Container can Secure and Transport your goods

Furniture can be placed in the container to fill more of the space. Wrap edges of all furniture that could be scratched. If needed, strap the furniture in place to keep it from shifting during transport. Try disassembling the large piece of furniture for easier placement in the container.

Container Site Setup: 

Part of any container placement on site is in the planning. It’s critical that the area preparation is completed correctly. Not doing so could risk the items or people inside the container. A strong, stable base has to be created. Containers are massive and need a sturdy place to sit, or they’ll sink into the ground.

Planning Questions to think about:

How to Prepare for Container Site Setup and Delivery?

Many things have to be considered when planning the preparation – size of the site, soil conditions, the slope of the ground, size of the container, and container usage are important factors. Each of these items may require a separate process. If the soil needs to be leveled, does that mean bringing in extra dirt or removing it? Will the container need to be accessed frequently (it’s an office or tool storage) or infrequently (long term supply storage)? Review what will need to be done and in what order they will need to be completed.

Will the Container Be Moved Frequently?

If the container will be moved frequently, it should be placed on dry, flat soil. The ground should be level to ease container relocation. The site should have easy access for a truck to deliver and pick-up the container. Spending money preparing the site should be kept to a minimum.

Will the Container Stay in One Place on the Site?

When a container sits in one location for a lengthy period, the site setup should still not only be on level ground but consider using gravel pads to prevent the container from sinking into the ground or becoming stuck. Often, dirt settles over time, and the gravel pad will prevent the container from sinking with it. A best practice is to check the container and levelness with the ground routinely.

Does the Container Need Electricity and Plumbing?

A licensed electrician and plumbing company are needed for site setup. Sometimes permits are required to set up electricity and plumbing, so it’s essential to call the local permit office during the planning process. Before you call, check that power is possible at the container setup site. Confirm the presence of water/sewer/septic lines if a plumbing hookup is needed. If the container is being modified, check the number of disconnect panels required for setup. Determine if electricity will be through a generator or utility service. Finally, schedule an appointment with an electrician and professional plumber for installation.

How Do I Prepare for a Container Delivery?

The container site setup extends beyond the level ground. Different counties require regulations for container sites. Check with local offices for any necessary permits or codes for the site. Some jurisdictions do not allow containers to be placed at specific locations, so check early in your planning.

Finalize Plans

Double-check delivery dates so that all permits and site preparation, such as electricity and plumbing are in place. Be sure to contact Carolina Containers to confirm the delivery date of the container.

What to think about for the sizing of your shipping container: 

All the Sizes and Configurations That Custom Storage Containers Come In

Do you have a lot of cargo to transport? You might be wondering, what size do I need my custom containers? What kind of max carry weight do I need? Are there even different types of storage containers? It is good to be aware of what all is out there so you can make the BEST choice for your own needs. The weight and dimensions will often affect the type of things that can be stored in it. At Carolina Containers, our goal is to meet your storage needs as adequately as we can. Our storage containers come in three main size variations, namely 10’, 20’, and 40’. However, each variation comes with certain container configurations. Below is a brief outlook on our most popular containers. You can go to both our rent and buy pages and check out the specs of all of our containers. Feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or thoughts!

  • 10-foot mini custom containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 10 by 8 by 8.5 feet. Its tare weight is about 2,866.01 lbs and it can load contents weighing up to 19,532.97 lbs.  It also has a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 9.25 by 7.66 by 7.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 7.42 feet.
  • 10-foot high containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 10 by 8 by 9.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is 3,262.84 lbs. and can load contents weighing up to 22,046.24 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 9.25 by 7.66 by 8.87 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 8.40 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.
  • 20-foot standard containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 20 by 8 by 8.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 4,949.38 lbs and can load contents weighing up to 62,247.57 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 19.25 by 7.66 by 7.85 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door. These are the most common containers by far, frequently what you’ll find moving goods on ships.
  • 20-foot high containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 20 by 8 by 9.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 5,335.19 lbs and can load contents weighing up to 61,861.76 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 19.25 by 7.66 by 8.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 8.50 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.
  • 20-foot double-door containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 20 by 8 by 8.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 4,949.38 lbs and can load contents weighing up to 62,247.57 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 19.25 by 7.66 by 7.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 7.40 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.
  • 20-foot high cube double-door containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 20 by 8 by 9.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 5,335.19 lbs and can load contents weighing up to 61,861.76 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 19.25 by 7.66 by 8.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 8.50 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.
  • 40-foot standard containers: 20-foot double-door containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 24 by 8 by 8.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 8,168.13 lbs. and can load contents weighing up to 59,028.82 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 39.40 by 7.66 by 7.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 7.40 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.

Carolina Containers is ready to ease container site setup and delivery. Learn more about our services today by calling 919-562-9187.

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