When you need to store your belongings somewhere other than your home or garage, you generally have two main options: self storage and container storage. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to weigh your needs carefully before making a decision.
Container storage is a great option for people who need to store large amounts of belongings or who need long-term storage. Containers are typically made of steel and are very durable, so they can withstand the elements and protect your belongings from damage. They're also very secure, as they're often locked and stored in secure facilities (you can of course have one at home too).
One of the biggest advantages of container storage is the cost. Containers are typically much cheaper than self-storage units, especially for long-term storage. This is because there are fewer overhead costs associated with container storage, such as staffing and maintenance.
Another advantage of container storage is the flexibility. You can rent a container for as long or as short as you need it, and you can even move it to a different location if necessary. This makes it a great option for businesses that need to store seasonal inventory or for people who are relocating.
However, there are also some disadvantages to container storage. One is that containers can be difficult to access. They're typically located in outdoor storage facilities, so you'll sometimes need to load and unload your belongings yourself. This can be a challenge if you have a lot of belongings or if you're not physically able to do it yourself.
Another disadvantage of container storage is the security. While containers are very secure, they're not as secure as self-storage units. This is because they're not always locked and they're often located in areas which are more out of site, and potentially more accessible to thieves (so do your homework when looking at storage sites).
Self storage is a great option for people who need to store smaller amounts of belongings or who need short-term storage. Self-storage units are typically located in indoor facilities, so in general they're more secure and accessible than containers. They can also be more convenient, as you can usually access your belongings 24/7 (most of the time).
One of the biggest advantages of self storage is the convenience. You can access your belongings whenever you need to, and you don't have to worry about loading and unloading them yourself. This makes it a great option for people who need to store seasonal clothing or for businesses that need to store inventory.
Another advantage of self-storage is the security. Self-storage units are typically located in indoor facilities, and they're often locked and monitored by security cameras. This makes them much more secure than containers - again you still must do your homework.
However, there are also some disadvantages to self storage. One is the cost. Self-storage units are typically more expensive than containers, especially for short-term storage. This is because there are more overhead costs associated with self-storage, such as staffing and maintenance.
Another disadvantage of self storage is the flexibility. You can't rent a self-storage unit for as long or as short as you need it. You'll typically have to sign a contract for a certain period of time, and you'll be liable for any early termination fees.
Which Option is Right for You?
The best option for you will depend on your specific needs and budget. If you need to store large amounts of belongings or if you need long-term storage, then container storage is a good option. However, if you need to store smaller amounts of belongings or if you need short-term storage, then self storage is a better option.
Ultimately, the best way to decide which option is right for you is to compare your needs and budget to the pros and cons of each option. Weigh your options carefully and choose the option that best meets your needs.
If you have any questions about container storage on your property do give us a call - it can be a great option. We'll be happy to help you find the right solution for your needs.