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Bekins Moving & Storage has one of the most modern and largest facilities in Canada for storing household goods. It is fully sprinklered, pest controlled and climatically controlled. We pride ourselves on the fact that the majority of customers who take the time to personally compare our concrete facility to others select it to store their valued possessions. They notice that security is paramount in our operation, with security cameras recording all areas of the operation 24/7,and high security fire and burglar alarms are professionally monitored 24 hours a day by our security company. They know that once their goods are on deposit with us, they can rest assured that they are in one of the safest facilities anywhere. But most of all, they notice the cleanliness.Bekins Moving & Storage offers the most up to date storage options in the industry, each designed for a specific purpose. There are three basic methods of storing your household goods:
1. Traditional "Palletized" Method
Generally, this method is used for local transport, and for any type or length of storage term. Pallets or Storage Vaults are clean wooden storage crates specifically designed to store household goods. They measure approximately 6’ X 7’ X 7’. They hold approximately 1.5 rooms of furniture each. When loaded into specially designed "curtain-side vans", we can safely transport up to five units directly to your home to facilitate direct loading or unloading. This significantly reduces the handling of your possessions, resulting in lower cost and reduced risk of handling damage. They are easily handled by a forklift and efficiently stack in the warehouse. We can offer palletized storage at over 220 facilities across Canada.

2. Bekins Container Service
This method is used for local and intra-provincial (within the province) transport, with storage components of up to six months. Bekins shipping containers are government certified intermodal containers that have been modified with extra insulation and lined with smooth plywood. They are equipped with furniture pads, straps and state of the art load restraint systems to cover and secure your goods during transit. They measure 8' X 8' X 20' and hold approximately 6 rooms of furniture. We can transport up to 3 at a time. They can also be dropped off at your site for on-site storage or self-loading.

3. United Van Lines Container Service
This method is used to transport household goods inter-provincially (out of the province, WITHIN CANADA ONLY), complementing the United Van Lines Service Fleet. Containerized shipping to the USA is not available, regardless of carrier. With 8', 9', and 12' sizes available, we can meet your specific needs. Because you are entitled to exclusive use of the containers, all of your goods are isolated from any other shipment for the ultimate in sanitation and security. United pioneered containerized shipping in Canada, and manufactures its containers in their own facility in Bolton, Ontario.

All UVL containers are fiberglass and steel,to provide a clean, safe, weatherproof environment. Each container is equipped with ample furniture pads, straps and state of the art load restraint systems to cover and secure your goods during transit. Doors have been engineered with tamperproof hardware for maximum security. If you wish, Bekins Moving & Storage will arrange for you to padlock and seal your own containers, to be unlocked and unsealed by you at destination.

Computerized Dispatch
United computerized satellite communications network monitors the movement of your container from origin to destination. Should your delivery schedule change, the shipment can be further expedited, delayed or rerouted to suit your needs.

Storage in Transit
When the new home at destination is not ready, or you cannot accept immediate delivery, your belongings can be kept in the original shipping container at no additional charge for up to 30 days. In off peak periods, an additional 30 day extension may be available for a additional fee. Simply contact the United Van Lines Destination Member noted on your bill of lading for final delivery.
Specialized Personnel
You can be sure that your shipment will be taken care of by qualified professionals trained in this mode of transportation, offering your goods maximum care and protection. Feel secure in the fact that the Bekins/United team are working hard to make your move enjoyable and worry free.

Air Ride
To further protect your personal property while in transit, every United container trailer is equipped with air-ride suspension. This ensures a smooth, even ride by fully equalizing bumps and turns in the road. This special feature, and handling techniques, have given Bekins and United one of the lowest claim ratios in the industry.

The most comprehensive Geographical Package
United Van Lines is the only carrier with container depots from coast to coast throughout Canada.

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