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Parking at an Apartment Complex or Storage Facility

February 11th, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Parking moving equipment at apartments and storage complexes 

Whether you’re moving a small number of belongings or an entire household to or from an apartment or storage complex, planning for parking is crucial. Because lots at these facilities can be small, narrow and private, finding adequate space for large moving equipment may be difficult. Can you leave the equipment overnight? Is there a designated area to park the trailer or container? What if no parking is available? The first step is talking to management to determine what the rules are, and then find a moving company to accommodate them. 

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Questions to ask the landlord or storage facility manager 

The easiest way to determine parking rules is to contact your landlord or the storage facility’s management. They’re used to people moving belongings in and out, so they should be able to help. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Are there certain days and times set aside for moving equipment to be present?  
  • Do I need to reserve a time slot and space? 
  • Is there a designated area for trailers and containers? 
  • Can the equipment stay overnight? 
  • Is there a code I can give the driver for gate access? 
  • If I hired labor to help pack and load, where can they park their service vehicle?  

Parking requirements for U-Pack® equipment 

Once you understand the rules, find a moving service that is accustomed to parking in tight spaces or temporary conditions. U-Pack is a great solution to parking issues. Our drivers make residential and commercial deliveries every day, so we’re equipped to operate successfully in constricted areas. We offer two types of equipment that have different parking requirements: 

Moving trailer 

Our 28-foot trailer requires 40-feet in length for delivery and parking (this also includes enough space for the 14’ loading ramp). That length is equivalent to 3-4 car length or five standard side-by-side spaces. Along with the length, it needs 14-feet of overhead clearance, and it needs to be parked on a hard, paved surface.  

ReloCube® container 

Our 6’ x 7’ x 8’ containers only require a single standard parking space for loading and unloading — which makes ReloCubes a great option if the parking is limited or tight. And like the trailer, they require 14 feet of overhead space and a paved, level surface for delivery. This is because they’re delivered on a flatbed or drop-deck trailer and placed on the ground using a forklift.

Areas to avoid  

While most areas are great for parking our trailer or CubeTM (with the proper permission and permits), there are some places we can’t leave our equipment. These include: 

  • Restricted areas (e.g., lanes for firetrucks, next to a fire hydrant and handicap spots)  
  • The opposite direction on a one-way street 
  • In a garage 
  • Under a carport or awning
  • Someone else’s assigned or paid-for space 
  • Towing areas 
  • Any spot that blocks other motorists

Parking issues that U-Pack can help solve  

In some cases, you might face one or more parking issues. And while U-Pack doesn’t coordinate parking arrangements, we’re happy to help find solutions. Take a look at some common problems our customers face at apartments and storage facilities, and the solutions we suggest.    

  • No overnight parking. Some locations won’t allow overnight parking. In these instances, we may be able to do a same-day pick up (where the driver delivers the equipment in the morning and picks it up later that day) or a live load (where the driver stays with the equipment for typically 2-4 hours while you load). If you think you need one of these options, call a U-Pack representative at 800-413-4799.  
  • There’s a narrow or gated entry. Our trailers make wide turns and may not fit through narrow or gated entryways. However, we may be able to park outside of the premises, and you can load the equipment there. Be sure to get permission if this situation applies to you.  
  • Only street parking is available. We can park the equipment on a street in most locations, but permits may be required. Check with your landlord, storage unit manager, city, street department or local police to find out. 
  • There’s nowhere to park. If there’s no on-site parking available, there are two other options to consider: Either ask for permission at another location (like a nearby lot) or do a terminal-to-terminal move (where you load or unload at our closest service center). 

How can we help? 

Want to discuss parking options specific to your move? Contact a U-Pack consultant at 800-413-4799. If you have any other questions or concerns, leave a comment below. We’re happy to help. 

Related reading: A complete guide to apartment moving