Tips & Advice
Are portable storage containers available for sale?
Everything is for sale, right? Including portable storage containers. The primary source of revenue in this business is in the rental and moving of the units, but there are companies that sell them as well. You can find them new or used, in all sizes and with a variety of options. You can even have them custom made to fit specific needs.
Can portable storage containers be stacked?
Most portable storage containers are designed to be stacked, for efficiency, but not all are designed or intended to be. If stacking is essential to your needs, confirm this option with your storage unit provider.
Are there restrictions as to what can be stored in portable storage containers?
Most storage companies have lists of unacceptable storage items, mostly centered on hazardous materials, perishables, and living things. You must also abide by any local, state, and federal rules and regulations. Read up on each provider’s particular no-no list; most of the banned items are common sense, but there are also less obvious things they might suggest you do not store.
What material are portable storage containers made of?
Most portable storage containers are made of a weatherproof metal (steel) or a composite plastic material for strength and durability. The industry standard is metal.
Do portable storage containers have shelving?
Yes, many storage containers come with shelving options. This is totally dependent on your specific provider and will naturally increase costs. While it’s fairly standard, not all places provide this option, so be sure to confirm it’s available.
How are portable storage containers delivered and picked up?
Portable storage units are delivered to your residence by truck (usually), professionally unloaded, and then picked up again by the company. If the pod is part of a move to a new location, the provider typically makes the arrangements. Generally, the rental company is responsible for all drop-off and pickup logistics, unless other arrangements are made.
Are portable storage containers waterproof?
Portable storage units are typically designed to be waterproof. Be sure to confirm with the provider that the unit you are getting is weatherproof, and find out who is liable for damages in the event of a weather or water breech. Some units can inadvertently incur damage that can compromise its integrity. Get written confirmation of the integrity of the unit from the provider and inspect it on receipt. Consult your insurance provider on liability issues--homeowner’s insurance may cover you.
Do portable storage containers have locks and security?
Some portable-storage container companies do offer locks and other security devices, though they often come at a premium over what you could buy yourself. If you’re on a budget, research lock options and prices to save money. Either way, it’s crucial to obtain adequate security for your container and its contents. Keep in mind that most locks can be compromised, so find one that provides the appropriate level of security for this particular scenario.
Are portable storage containers climate controlled?
While climate-controlled portable storage containers are not the most common, there are places that provide them. They tend to be more expensive than a standard unit, and you also have to factor in power supply cost, access, and security. Non-portable climate-controlled storage units are readily available.
How much do portable storage containers cost?
Depending on your location and the size of the storage container, you can find units for as low as $100 a month. It is customary to rent them on a monthly basis vs. buying them (which is an option in some cases, though usually not practical). Prices escalate from there and can easily reach $200 per month. Contact a provider for exact quotes.