Pitfalls of Portable Storage Containers

When it comes to self-storage, it’s hard to know where to start. Should you rent out a storage unit for your plastic Christmas tree and skiing equipment? Maybe you could just put everything in the garage. Maybe you’ve considered a portable storage unit.

At 34th Street Self Storage, we think your best option is to opt for a self-storage unit. You save your home from clutter, and you don’t have to let go of your holiday items. Portable storage may seem similar to self-storage in terms of size, but when it really comes down to it, portable storage can be a huge hassle.

A portable storage container is a large metal unit that looks similar to the back of a moving truck. It can be hooked up to a vehicle and moved around on the road. It may seem convenient to be able to move your items in a unit as quickly as you move, but we think it’s safer to go for the self-storage unit. Here are a few reasons why.

The Costs

It may be a surprise, but portable storage containers are really going to cost you. The unit itself isn’t particularly cheap compared to a standard storage unit, and if you don’t have a vehicle that you can attach the unit to, you’ll have to rent a van or larger vehicle every time you move. Additionally, you may need to rent a spot to place the unit. Some portable storage unit companies offer lots to place your unit, but it can be a major hassle getting the unit out of the lot, and you are charged for this space as well.

Where Do You Put It?

The biggest issue you’ll run into, if you have a portable storage unit, is finding a place to put the large box. You’ll be hard pressed to find a parking lot that is comfortable with a storage container taking up parking spaces. You may want to park the container in front of your home, but some homeowner associations (HOA) have regulations against this kind of storage. Not only that, but it can be an eyesore in front of your home, and i doubt your neighbors would appreciate it in front of their homes.

In areas that don’t have an HOA, public parking might be regulated by the city, and you might be forced to purchase a parking permit. This only adds to the costs of a portable storage container.

Security and Weather Protection

If you have your container in a public place, it is exposed to the elements as well as people who might be a little too curious. Self-storage units are run by managers and often have security systems in place that prevent theft. Portable containers, on the other hand, are harder to monitor. If you find an indoor storage unit, you can assume that your items are safe from water damage and pests. The condition of items in a portable storage unit is less predictable. In an extreme case, someone could crash into your storage unit if it’s parked along the street. Imagine the damages!

All in all, we recommend against the portable storage container. You might like the idea of all your belongings on wheels, but at the end of the day, it’s simply not a practical option. If you’re looking for a storage unit in Bismarck give us a call today!

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