Self-Storage Options: A Guide On Portable Storage Containers

Portable on-demand storage (PODS) is a self-storage solution for homeowners and business people that need an onsite storage unit. They are conventional shipping containers that are modified to include shelves, lighting, and compartments to ensure you have an easy time storing your items in the unit. The containers can also be used as an office or accommodation unit. Below is a guide discussing the considerations to make when hiring portable storage containers. 

Choose A Suitable Container

Below are some tips to help you choose a suitable container: 

  • Choose an adequate size. The containers could range from 8 to 40 feet, depending on your needs.
  • Go for a container with a climate control system if you intend to convert the storage unit into an office or store items that are sensitive to humidity and extreme temperatures.
  • Check the features of the container. For instance, some will have wide roll-up doors to ensure you have an easy time loading bulky items. Others will have security alarms and restricted access systems.
  • Check the condition of the container. For instance, the locking mechanism should be fully functional. Additionally, examine the roofs, floors, and walls for cracks that might cause water leaks or let in pests.  

Assess The Site

Where do you intend to place the container? Portable storage containers are made from galvanised metals. Although these materials are considered durable, long term exposure to dirt and humidity could cause the metal to rust. As such, most storage companies will ask you to place the container on a raised platform to protect it from dirt and water spillage. Ideally, the site should be accessible. Remember, the container will arrive in a truck crane. As such, you should assess the site for hazards such as nearby buildings, low-lying electrical cables, and branches.  

Company Terms 

Check the terms of the hiring company. For example, most companies will prohibit their customers from storing illegal items in the container. Some companies will offer storage insurance at an extra cost. Inquire whether the company allows you to modify the container. For instance, you would need extra shelves or lighting. If you need to move the container, inquire whether the company will offer transport services. 

Most storage companies will have a reasonable pricing policy. For instance, they will allow you to hire the container on a short-term or long-term basis. Inquire when you should make payments. Check whether you will be penalised for late repayments or if you cancel your contract prematurely. 

When hiring a portable storage container, choose a suitable container, assess the site, and check the company's terms and pricing.