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Why You Should Consider Moving By Containers

Moving by containers, instead of by a traditional moving truck, offers increased flexibility, potential savings, and several other benefits.

Flexibility in service options for your local move or long distance move is a key benefit of moving containers. You can choose full service moving by containers or a do-it-yourself version.

Full-service moving containers

With a full-service move by moving containers, you won’t notice much difference on loading and delivery days - our professional movers will carefully prepare and load your belongings into the container and similarly unload and place them at your destination. Timing is usually where the full benefit of moving containers is noticed in a full-service move. In a long-distance move, you can choose to have your belongings delivered when you need them without the need for them to be placed in a storage warehouse is there’s an extended period between load day and delivery day. The containers can also be shipped as soon as they’re loaded. With a local move, you often benefit from a greater choice of available move dates if you are moving by container.

Another benefit to container moving is that your belongings do not share space with anyone else’s - as they might on a traditional moving truck. This is not too relevant in a local move but certainly is in a long-distance move if your shipment does not require area of a moving trailer.

Do-it-yourself moving containers

The do-it-yourself moving option shares the timing, in-line storage, and dedicated space advantages of a full-service move using containers but expands upon timing flexibility even more. When you choose do-it-yourself moving with containers, you load and unload the containers at your pace, on your schedule and then we just move your container from your old home to your new home. You can have the container placed at your residence and take a day, a few days or a week to load it. Once you’re ready, we come to pick it up and carefully transport your belongings to your new home. All required moving equipment is provided with your container including clean moving pads, and straps. The do-it-yourself moving container option is available for both local (in town) and long-distance moves.

In addition, rental of our local, 20’, Capital Moving & Storage containers generates a donation to ShelterBox Canada.

Container Storage

A third common use of moving containers is portable storage - usually for short or mid-term durations.

As mentioned above - if you anticipate a delay between your load date and when you need the furniture delivered, container storage can be a great way to keep your belongings together, minimize handling, and give you the greatest flexibility in scheduling your preferred delivery date.

Even if you are not moving, container storage can be an effective and easy option for portable storage needs. Whether you have storage container placed and kept at your location or prefer it be kept in our secure yard, container storage is great for renovations, home staging, inventory overflow, and other needs. If stored in our secure yard, access is available during business hours, Monday through Friday.

Our Capital 20' sea containers (available at our Kingston location) are ideal for on-site storage, interim storage for local moves, and DIY loading/unloading for local moves. Optimally priced for "in-town" use, the containers are currently available to customers in the Greater Kingston region.


Are you renovating? Staging your home? Building a new home? Do you have a small business and need to store extra inventory on or off-site? The waterproof, weatherproof, 20' Capital container can be delivered to your site and placed per your specifications. You can then use it as a short or long-term storage option with maximum convenience right at your location. No room on site? We can hold the containers in our secure yard. Access is available Monday through Friday during business hours.

DIY Local Moving - Skip the driving and load at your own pace

Moving within the Kingston area? Want to take your time sorting and loading your items for relocation? The 20' Capital container can be delivered to your home for the day or overnight and you can load your contents at your pace. We provide guidance and equipment to ensure a properly packed container. Once you're finished, just let us know and we'll pick up the container and deliver to your new home where you can unload at your convenience. When everything is removed, a quick call to us and we'll return the container to our facility. You'll only pay for the container rental and transportation fees.

Giving Back: 25% of the revenue from the rental of Capital containers is donated to ShelterBox Canada. Learn more here.

Containers are sealed, water tight vaults for your goods, shipped on special container trailers.

They offer several advantages:

  • First, they can be dedicated to your use and protect your shipment from being shipped alongside someone else’s.

  • Second, they offer you a shorter transit time because containers can be shipped as individuals and do not have to wait to be filled as a van does.

  • Third, and for the same reason, their flexible transportation schedule allows for delayed delivery because they do not have to travel the day they are filled.

  • And finally, short term storage is easier and more affordable. Your goods are stored right in the container in which they have been loaded, without the bother, expense and additional risk of being unloaded into a warehouse for storage and then loaded again for delivery to your new home.

Some companies that use containers also offer a you-load service for additional savings. The container is deposited at your home. You prepare and load your shipment into the container, and then it is picked up and transported to your destination where, once again, you unload. If you choose this option, be sure to ask your moving company for literature so you can perform the job properly and guard against damage in transit.

We'd love to chat with you about your upcoming moving or storage needs. Give us a call or drop us a line to get started.


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