Congratulations! You've finally gotten that promotion you've been dreaming of for the last five years. However, the good news comes with a catch -- the new job is in the company headquarters several states away. Rather than spend long stretches of time away from home and your family, you've decided to relocate for the new position. Before you move, however, it's a good idea to figure out what you need to do to ensure a successful, stress-free process.

According to Worldwide ERC, once an employee accepts a relocation request, he or she generally has up to four weeks, or 33 days, to make the move. Moves of any magnitude require plenty of time and planning, which is why you'll want to get started as soon as possible. If you're facing a long distance move, you'll want to count on a company that often handles this type of relocation. Whether you're moving around the block or to another state, you'll also want to make sure that the company you hire is trustworthy, safely getting your precious cargo from one destination to the next. Depending on the type of move, you should be prepared to face additional fees related to packing services, storage, or large item costs.

Moving to a new location, whether it's for work, school, or other reasons, is never easy. However, you can prepare yourself for the task ahead with the right moving services and travel arrangements, from proper storage for your precious cargo to trustworthy companies and professionals. One option is portable moving containers, which maximize storage space while ensuring convenience and flexibility. Whether you're loading up the containers for the move or want a secure storage space, portable moving containers can be quite helpful.

In comparison to moving trucks, portable containers can help ease moving-related aches and pains. For example, instead of teetering precariously on the small ramp that leads up to the truck's main storage area as you try to balance the heaviest pieces of furniture, portable containers offer stress-free ground level loading. Another advantage is the fact that you can rearrange and move your belongings as you see fit, enabling plenty of flexibility throughout the moving process. Moving can be expensive, but transporting your goods in storage containers is often less expensive than other methods. This is primarily because moving companies only charge for pickup and delivery of the container as opposed to the entire journey.

You can also select from various types and sizes. Common materials include steel, aluminum, and wood. However, you're also likely to find combination steel and aluminum containers as well as ones built from plastic or construction-grade wood. The amount of weight these containers can handle varies significantly. According to, containers built from construction-grade wood can often hold up to 2,500 pounds of goods while containers of the same size built from steel or aluminum can handle twice the amount. Steel containers can hold even more weight.

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