Customers often ask about portable storage units versus more traditional storage and why one might be a better choice than the other. The answer is always the same: Both have pros and cons and depend on the situation.
Here is a simple comparison of a traditional versus a portable storage unit.
Traditional Self Storage
This usually involves a lot or building with storage units that can be independently locked. Depending on the facility, there may be indoor, outdoor, and climate-controlled units. Usually, these types of storage locations have set access hours.
Virtually all traditional storage facilities have 24/7 strategically placed and monitored surveillance.
The following are the pros of a traditional unit:
- More variety available to you
- Competitive pricing
- Climate control
- Ease of access
The following are the cons of a traditional unit:
- Security can be bothersome
- Many indoor storage units have set hours of operation
- Depending on where in the facility your unit is located, getting to it might require walking quite a distance
- If you need to expand, it can be challenging, and you may end up with units that are not near each other
Portable Self Storage Unit
A portable storage unit is usually a large metal box that is available for sale or rent. You select the size based on what you think you will need, and it is placed at a location of your choosing.
Here are the pros of a portable unit.
- The best pro is that you can set your portable storage unit anywhere on your property you want, which makes access much easier
- If you purchase the unit, you can customize the inside to meet your storage needs
- If you rent, when you no longer need the unit, it is picked up and hauled away
- Loading is easier because it is ground level
- You control security
Here are the drawbacks of a portable unit:
- Delivery fees
- Municipal regulations for storage on your property can be restrictive
- Not climate controlled unless you modify it significantly
- You are responsible for security