Moving & Storage for Local Moves in Canada

BigSteelBox moving containers are a better alternative to renting a truck.

BigSteelBox has been helping people reduce the stress they experience when moving for over 20 years, and we have locations across Canada.

Portable storage containers are perfect for moves within the same city. When you move with a BigSteelBox you don’t have to worry about completing your move in one stressful day. You pack and move on your schedule.

Local Move Cost Comparison: U-Haul® Truck Rental vs. BigSteelBox:

  BigSteelBox U-Haul Truck Rental
Extra time to pack and unpack at your own pace YES NO
No worries about driving a moving truck YES NO
Storage in between homes without loading and unloading YES NO
No extra charges or worries about having the truck for an extra day YES NO
One month rental term YES NO
Pack and care for your own belongings YES YES
Completely sealed, wind, water and rodent-proof YES NO

What's your time worth to you?

For local (same city) moves, using a BigSteelBox is fairly comparable in price to renting a U-Haul truck or trailer. Depending on how far you're driving, and as long as you can do it all in one day, a U-Haul rental will probably cost about $100 to $200 less than using a BigSteelBox for a local move.

When you use a BigSteelBox, you have your moving container for at least 30 days. With a U-Haul, your cheapest option will only give you a truck or trailer for 1 day and you'll have the stress of rushing to get it returned in time to avoid late charges.

So, while renting a truck may seem like the best bargain, it also comes with the most amount of stress. Not only does everything all need to be done in one day, but you have to do all the driving. And don't forget to factor in the extra costs for gas!

Top Six Reasons BigSteelBox is the Best Choice for Local Moves

Here are just a few other reasons our customers choose to move with a BigSteelBox:

Less stressful

When you use a traditional moving company or you rent a truck, you have to cram all the drama of moving into one very stressful day. With BigSteelBox, we deliver your Box as far in advance as you like so you can fill it at your own pace. You can take a week or a month - it’s entirely up to you. When it’s ready to go, we come and pick it up. We can move it right away, or store it at one of our secure locations until your new home is ready.


With movers, you will pay extra for the "moving experts" that come along with the truck. For local area moving, most moving companies will charge an hourly rate based on the size of the truck and the number of men on the crew. In addition to the hourly rate, most companies will also have a materials fee and a fuel surcharge. The materials fee is usually a percentage of the overall cost, but doesn't include larger items like mattress bags or any additional boxes they may need. It's easy to see how those things can add up.

With BigSteelBox, there is a great deal more cost certainty. The costs are based on the monthly Box rental rate and the transport, which are far easier to estimate. So, as long as you don't need an extra Box or storage in between homes you'll pay exactly what is on your quote.

Storage in between homes

When buying and selling a home, it can be a challenge to line up the possession dates to accommodate a move directly to your new home. If you use BigSteelBox, we'll store the box at one of our secure locations until you're ready for it, so there is no need to load and unload your stuff into a storage facility.

Larger Boxes

Most of our mobile storage competitors who offer a residential moving service, use smaller lighter weight containers. For example, a 20' BigSteelBox has over 44% more cubic space compared to a 16' “white-Box” solution like PODS®, and it has over two times the weight capacity (10,000lbs vs 4,200lbs). If your home is more than 2 bedrooms and 1,500 square feet, chances are good that you won’t be able to fit all of your belongings into a 16' PODS container.


BigSteelBoxes are ISO certified, meaning they’re ship worthy steel containers that are wind, water and rodent-proof. White Box solutions like PODS are constructed of aluminum sheets around a steel frame. This means they will bend and shift when over weight capacity, allowing for the possibility of leaking or becoming prone to rodents.

Customer Service

We pride ourselves on providing high quality products and responsive, accountable and knowledgeable customer service. We welcome special requests and will work hard to exceed your expectations. We can also make your long distance move to a new city much easier than using a traditional moving company or service.

Call to speak with one of our moving and storage experts today at 1-800-373-1187 or request your free quote online now.

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“If I ever needed to have something put into storage again, I would definitely choose BigSteelBox. I had my things in storage for 13 months and never once worried about the safety of my stuff. ”

-Gwen, BigSteelBox Customer