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Are You Relocating? Here Are Some Pointers To Consider When Purchasing A Portable Storage Unit


Americans aren’t unfamiliar with changing residences and switching to better dwellings. In 2019, around 31 million homeowners relocated, indicating that over 9% of our citizens are displaced within the nation annually. Since an average homeowner moves every 11 years, it’s essential to consider several factors while preparing to relocate. So, what do homeowners do to make moving a less stressful experience for their families? The solution involves renting portable storage containers while transporting your stuff to another apartment. Most Americans are accustomed to moving companies loading/unloading their stuff, but these portable facilities make you independent. However, such units must have certain qualities.

Eight Things To Consider While Booking Portable Storage Containers

Who uses portable containers? Besides relocating individuals, these transferable warehouses are utilized by homeowners/organizations for business storage, domestic renovations, and student hoard for summer. These storage containers are attractive because you can load/unload them at your pace while arranging delivery when convenient for you. But some homeowners undermine the advantage of these transportable stockrooms by not considering certain factors before buying them. So, what should you know about a movable self-storage unit before booking it? Here, we’ll explain some friendly proposals that can make homeowners make the right decision and choose a befitting facility:

1.       Cost:

Consider moderation while contemplating the perfect storage container. The residents of Nebraska should invest in cost-effective storage solutions at great prices by contacting native companies. But don’t forget to check their terms and conditions before investing in such units. Some companies do want customers to pay deposit charges. Don’t purchase cheaper-than-your-imagination containers just because they cost less. It’s not smart to compromise quality over questionable storage spaces.

2.       Size:

The price isn’t the only factor here! You must also consider the size before buying the unit. It won’t please homeowners if they’ve purchased a container not large enough to accommodate their stuff. Choosing the right-size facility will help you transport your belongings effectively. Some folks wish to transport their antiques, family heirlooms, and furniture equipment. Therefore, we suggest they invest in containers around 8-16 feet long to keep everything inside properly.

3.       Climate:

Homeowners shouldn’t invest in storage containers that aren’t climate- and temperature-controlled to protect their belongings from humidity. Since prolonged exposure to humidity may destroy your precious objects. For instance, vinyl records must be contained inside controlled facilities; otherwise, they’ll get destroyed. While some companies don’t offer climate-controlled portable containers, they do provide controlled warehousing facilities. So, you can switch to full-service self-storage units.

4.       Insects:

You should always worry about insects invading the container when it’s just sitting there in front of your house. Portable storerooms stranded on the ground/street welcome the unsought company of pests – especially when homeowners keep their containers parked outside for a long time. You will also have to deal with mold/mildew growing inside the facility if it has cracks/openings exposing your stuff to humidity. So, remember to transport your belongings before insects occupy the container.

5.       Security:

You already understand why security should remain your topmost priority. When you’re lifelong safekeeping belongings in a container, it’s neglectful to trust locks to prevent theft/robbery. If you have chosen full-service storage, the storage company must provide CCTV cameras at entrances and 24/7 surveillance of the premises. Entrance to the facility should be allowed after someone enters a PIN code. These arrangements make sure that your items remain secure while being hoarded outside.

6.       Damages:

When you’ve rented/bought self-service storage facilities, you’re responsible for damages sustained by the container. If it’s broken/cracked while parked on your premises, the client shall bear the cost of the repairs before returning the object to the storage company. Unluckily, homeowners don’t consider theft/vandalism before bringing a container home! Hence, we suggest investing in reliable insurance coverage to remain well-protected against damages to your self-storage container now.

7.       Neighbors:

We foolishly anticipate surviving cordially with our neighbors while forgetting that all communities aren’t container-friendly. Maybe your next-door neighbor becomes suspicious about one container being parked in your driveway for weeks/months. Some communities charge hundreds of dollars for parking permits. In contrast, others forbid keeping such units even on your lawn after a long time. Also, placing metallic containers on your lawn may damage the grass since it prevents sunlight from it.

8.       Time:

How long do you plan to keep your items inside the container? Most self-storage facilities allow folks to borrow containers instead of purchasing them based on month-to-month agreements. So, you need to consider how much time you need to load/unload your belongings before the lease expires. Many companies now accept short-term agreements that require you to establish a minimum rental period. Therefore, we recommend factoring the time into self-storage expenditures now as well.


Self-storage facilities have become mainstream among American households today. According to the estimation, every 11th family in our country rented such units in 2005. While relocating/decluttering, it’s essential to purchase portable storage containers. But how do you book the right unit to hold your stuff? Experts did suggest certain factors that include checking the container’s size, price, and environment. You must only invest in secure containers and shouldn’t compromise on its surveillance. Also, check the location of the storage facility and make sure that it offers access to the premises throughout the day. That’s how you can purchase the perfect storage container for transporting your belongings safely to another location.


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