Next time you look for a self-storage unit to, odds are there will be plenty of options at hand. Among these options will be both standard and portable self-storage units – for example shipping containers, both of which have an array of positives and negatives.
On the surface the differences between the two may not be immediately obvious, especially to those who have never rented a self-storage space before. They are both storage units that come in different shapes and sizes and provide a safe area in which to store your belongings. Standard units follow the basic philosophy of providing a one-size-fits-all room that is protected by either a standard or garage door. Portable units take things to the next level and bring the storage unit directly to you, even if you are based in another country. Their purpose may be the same, but portable units opt for additional versatility, even if it does come at an added cost.
Standard storage units can be as small as a broom closet and as a large as a boat hanger. However, due to the mobile nature of portable storage units, they tend to be smaller than their standard counterparts. Such metal containers can be as large 45 square feet and as small as 5 square feet. Standard units are generally larger, but such size can come at a sacrifice.
Features (especially in terms of security) vary from facility to facility. Some are housed within buildings that are accessible via car, while others won’t be. It all depends on the operating company and their personal policies. You can expect standard self-storage units to follow a similar pattern, in which they are situated in an open plan area and partitioned by a single wall. Portable units are different in the fact that they aren’t situated within a set facility and usually take the form of a metal container. It is this that allows them to be mobile in nature and transported with ease when required.
Standard storage units may vary in price depending on size and features, but it goes without saying that due to their standard nature it is easier to get a ‘cheap’ option. Portable storage units may have similar level base costs, but as extras are added they tend to reach high-end price points. Transportation fees, collection fees and delivery costs, mean that utilising the mobile element can be costly. Before signing up for a portable unit, these are costs that you need to consider, as in most instances they are non-negotiable.
When looking at self-storage units, you will never be short of options. But, versatility can possibly be an issue. Between standard units and portable units there are big differences, standard units come in set sizes and can only really house items that are already resistant to weather elements. However, shipping containers can be moved from location to location and thus are more versatile in what they store. Specialty units are also available and can serve to further the quality of conditions in which your items are stored.
Placing items into storage, especially over the long-term, is not an easy thing to do, especially as there are so many types of storage units to choose from. The two leading options are standard and portable and as this article has detailed, the differences between the two are well worth noting. Next time you are on the hunt for a storage unit, be sure to keep all the aforementioned information in mind when trying to decide between standard and portable options.