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What You Need to Know About Parking Moving Equipment

May 28th, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Preparing to Park Moving Equipment 

One of the most important tasks to take care of before moving day is securing safe, legal parking for the equipment. You’ll need to arrange for parking on both ends of the move, so make plans before the equipment is delivered for loading or unloading. Whether you’re using a moving trailer or a ReloCube® container, be sure to check on parking, secure the space and make plans for delivery. 

trailer parked on the street

Check for Permissions

  • You need to obtain permission or get a permit if you plan on parking:
  • At an apartment complex
  • At a storage unit
  • On the street
  • On a private driveway that crosses a public sidewalk
  • In an area with a homeowners association (HOA)

Most moves require parking for three days, so make sure to ask about overnight parking. To get permissions, you’ll want to talk with the landlord or property owner, your HOA, the city, local police department or street department. Learn more about parking permits and permissions in this post or learn more about parking at an apartment complex or storage unit here.  

Secure the Space

The next step is figuring out where to park the moving equipment. Along with space, you need to consider overhead clearance and the surface. Learn more about the space needed for both equipment types and watch videos to help you visualize the process:

Make Plans for Drop-Off and Pick-Up

The last piece to coordinate is equipment delivery. When equipment is dropped off, both at origin and destination, someone at least 18 years old needs to be present to sign for the delivery and instruct us on equipment placement. If you need to have a friend or family member do this task, no problem! Just let us know who will be signing on your behalf.

When equipment is picked up, no one needs to be present, just make sure the container is accessible and clear from belongings or debris. 

Frequently Asked Parking Questions

What if I can’t park the equipment for three days?

In many cases, we can pick up the equipment the following business day. If you’re unable to leave the ReloCubes or trailer parked overnight, let us know! You may be able to load or unload at a service center or use another pickup option. 

What if I don’t have 40 feet of space?

For ReloCubes, the area is for delivery, so we can often park on a nearby side street and bring the Cubes to your door with a forklift. You’ll still need 14 feet of overhead clearance for the forklift and space to place the Cubes in the parking area.  

For the trailer, we may be able to park on the street. Or you can switch to ReloCubes, which can take up less space.

What if I don’t have a solid surface for parking?

While concrete or asphalt are ideal surfaces, hard-packed gravel can work in most cases; just let us know when reserving. 

If you don’t have a place to park the Cubes or trailer, we may be able to place them on the street. Just talk with the city or local police department to get any necessary permits.

Have other questions?

Call us at 800-413-4799 to discuss your situation and find solutions. We’re here to help!