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How to close up and secure your shipping container

If you have never used a shipping container this may be worth a look before you visit your unit for the first time.


How long does it take to pack up a 3-4 bedroom house to move?

It can take a significant amount of time to pack up a four-bedroom house for a move, particularly if you have a lot of belongings and are taking care to wrap and protect each item properly. On average, it may take anywhere from a few days to a week or more to pack up a four-bedroom house, depending on the amount of stuff you have, how organized you are, and how much help you have.

Here are a few things you can do to streamline the packing process and make it go more smoothly:

  1. Start early: Give yourself plenty of time to pack so that you don’t feel rushed or overwhelmed.
  2. Make a packing plan: Create a list of all the items you need to pack and assign each item to a specific box or container.
  3. Gather supplies: Make sure you have enough boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and other supplies to get the job done.
  4. Pack by room: It can be easier to pack one room at a time, rather than trying to tackle everything at once.
  5. Label boxes: Clearly label each box with the contents and the room it belongs in, so you know where everything goes when you get to your new home.

Remember to also take breaks as needed to rest and recharge. Packing can be physically and mentally exhausting, so it’s important to take care of yourself during the process.


Opening up a 20′ Shipping Container with a single right handle

These sea-worthy 20′ shipping containers are shipped once from China, emptied of cargo, then usually delivered to a self storage facility, such as ours in sunny Norwich UK. The single handle on the right makes it much faster and easier to open and close the unit up when you are finished. This is our first 360 degree video, so feel free to wiggle the cursor around and get a better look!


Small storage unit

These are the smallest storage containers we offer for hire. They are vented and ready to store household or business goods. These come delivered in pairs inside a standard 20′ container, which is why they are not as high inside.

Useable inside space:
7’4″ (Width)  x  8′ (Depth)  x 7′ 4″ (Height)
2.08m (Width)  x  2.28m (Depth)  x 2.06m (Height)


Shipping Container Condensation – Simple Steps to Prevent

Keeping your goods dry year-round when stored inside a shipping container is easy if you follow these simple steps when you pack up and load your space.

Storing your valuables inside a shipping container can give you quicker and cheaper access when compared to traditional indoor storage facilities, so it’s worth the extra preparation.

The one question we get asked more often is what about damp? OK, to answer this there are 2 issues, first of all lets look at dampness or moisture in the air. If you shut the door on a really damp day or you store a piece of damp garden furniture that moisture has to go somewhere, that’s where the roof vents help return the level to normal.

So above all good ventilation is vital. Don’t block the vents located near the roofline of your container.

It’s also a good idea to leave some damp traps or other moisture absorbing crystals in there to absorb any moisture, and replace these periodically.

Any fabrics such as sofas or bed mattresses should be covered in plastic, these can be obtained locally or online for a small cost. They also make great covers when you are next decorating.

If you are storing clothes, we find the ‘Really Useful’ range of boxes to be exceptional for airtightness and durability.

Storage Unit Roof Insulation

Outdoor storage – the basics

The UK has surplus of new containers from China that are repurposed for outdoor storage. They are wind, water and rodent proof and designed to be transported, uncovered across the oceans.

New container make great storage units and are suitable for household goods like furniture and clothes, business storage and machinery. We recommend you follow some basic rules on storage, such as wrapping fabrics in airtight plastic covers, bags or boxes. You can also put smaller items into plastic boxes. This also makes it easier to store and access your goods once inside.

The roofs are made of heavy gauge Corten steel that you can walk on top of (and jump up and down with a few friends if you want to) so leaks are not likely. We regularly check our containers and maintain them before problems occur.

Still not sure? No problem, come along and we will be more than happy to go over a container and how it is constructed to make it perfect for storage.


How big inside is a 20ft container?

Big enough to store the contents of an average terrace house. Thats 33.1 cubic metres, or 1,169 cubic feet. Around the size of a single garage.


What deposit do I need to pay?

We don’t usually charge a deposit for a unit, however we do recommend you use our locks which are designed to work specifically with you unit proving maximum protections and reliability. Locks are always supplied new to customers and yours to keep when you leave. Please ask for more details.

If you hire a unit from us with a standard key and lock setup you will usually have to pay a deposit for each key you hold.

On or before the day you move in you will need to pay the first months hire charge up front, which is our minimum term for storage.