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How to Prepare for Your Shipping Container Pickup with Video

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Preparing for your shipping container pickup will help you avoid the possibility of fees and rescheduling. Maybe you’re upgrading to a larger rental container, moving from one location to another, or simply don’t need it anymore. In any case, we want to help you make sure your pickup goes off without a hitch.

In this article, you’ll learn what to do to make your mobile office or storage container pickup a success.

Clear the interior of your container

Skip this step if we’re moving a loaded storage container to a new location for you.

Completely empty out your storage container or mobile office for pickup. This includes any pallets or leftover building materials, which commonly get left behind. Blow or sweep out your container when done.

If your container is dirty or still filled with material at pickup, you may be charged a clean out fee.

Clear the surrounding area

Nothing should be on top of or leaning against your shipping container for pickup. This ensures none of your valuable property is lost or damaged.

Also, ensure the path to your container is clear of debris or anything that may get in the way of our truck. This includes tree branches, roofing, arches, wires and other overhead items. Remember your space needs to be at least:

  • 12ft W by 13ft H (14ft H for high cube shipping containers)
  • 135ft L for 45ft containers
  • 120ft L for 30-40ft containers
  • 60ft L for 20-24ft containers
  • 50ft L for 15ft or smaller containers.

If you have a mobile office, have a licensed electrician disconnect it from power before requesting pickup.

Ensure your location is accessible

Let us know before your pickup day if there’s any gates on the way that might cut off access to your location. Ensure these are open for our container truck to pass through.

If your location is large and without street signs, you can help us find your unit by providing directions to it.

Unlock your containers

Make sure your container is unlocked, with your puck lock and any extra padlocks removed. Or have someone there to unlock it when we arrive.

If your unit is locked and nobody is there to unlock it, we’ll have to send someone out to cut off the lock. We will also have to reschedule the pickup. This will result in extra fees.

Now you’re prepared for a smooth handoff on pick up day. Remember to call your dedicated representative the next time you need to rent storage or office containers.

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