Whether you’ve decided that it is time to move from your home to another home, or if you simply want to take back your home from clutter, you may end up needing a storage unit. But with so many choices out there between self-storage units and portable storage units, there are many questions when it comes to making the best choice for your storage needs. Here are some of the primary differences between self-storage facilities and portable storage units.
- You can set up a storage unit in any way you want and visit whenever you feel the need. With the use of shelving, totes, and bins, you can access your belongings easily (as long as your storage unit is set up properly).
- Most self-storage facilities are enclosed and offer many layers of protection from interlopers, such as fencing, patrols, lighting, security cameras, coded entrances, and more.
- Self-storage is a more affordable option for storing your belongings since portable storage crates can be expensive to rent and move.
- At self-storage facilities, you have the option of climate controlled units for belongings that require temperature control.
- You can also store RVs, boats, automobiles, and larger crafts at self-storage facilities.
Even if you are moving out of the area, you might want to consider getting a self-storage unit in your new town so that you can still benefit from the reasons above.
It might seem ideal to have a storage bin dropped off at your home so that you can load it directly to the storage bin. Nevertheless, it’s good to be mindful of a few risks:
- Since portable storage containers are often deemed unsightly, some homeowners associations do not allow them to stand on site for more than a couple days, if that.
- Many people find portable storage units unattractive and worry that they might detract from the orderly look of a home or neighborhood.
- Since a portable storage unit’s only protection is from a lock that you provide, you are more likely to have problems with theft. This is not the case when you rent from a self-storage facility that offers a variety of security features to protect your belongings.
- If you choose to have portable storage for a long period of time, it may not be healthy for the ground or surface underneath the container. If it is on the grass, the unit will kill the grass in the area. If it is in your driveway, you’ll soon discover discoloration from the sun, as well as limited use of your driveway.
- Since the container is sitting on the ground, you may have increased pest control issues.
- If you decide to have the portable storage unit moved with your belongings inside, you’ll have to worry about how to pack your belongings for the drive in order to prevent shifting and/or breakage. Plus, a cost is incurred each time you call to have a portable storage unit moved.
- Your portable storage unit will always be out in the elements. This might affect the integrity of belongings that require climate control.
- If you choose to have a portable storage bin moved to the storage company’s site and then returned to you when you need items from the unit, costs can add up.
In short, portable storage is ideal for short term storage, but not ideal for long term storage. Make sure to weigh these pros and cons before deciding on the best storage solution for you.If you are looking for an affordable self-storage unit in the Jackson, Tennessee area, contact the professional staff of Markham Self Storage to see how we can help you with your storage needs. We even offer U-Haul rentals and moving supplies.