Self-Storage Vs Shipping Containers: Which Is The Best Choice?

Feb 16, 2018 10:46:38 AM

Approximately two-thirds of American homeowners plan to renovate, according to a recent survey. The choice to renovate can improve your home's value and renew the interest you once had in your home.

Storage providers can assist you during the renovation process by giving you a convenient place to store your belongings. But should you store your possessions in a storage container or a self-storage unit?

Self-storage Vs. Storage Containers To Rent
Whether it's best to rent a storage container or rent from a self-storage facility ultimately depends on your needs. Self-storage involves renting a space within a facility to store your belongings for a given period of time. To rent a storage container involves renting shipping containers or pods which can be stored on your personal property while you use them.

Prior to asking for a quote, it's a good idea to consider the pros and cons of both storage options. That being said, here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of both types of storage services.

Shipping Containers
Shipping containers in Seattle and other cities are great alternatives for homeowners looking to store their belongings for a short period of time. Cheaper than storage facilities, these containers allow homeowners to keep their possessions on-site and therefore safe from potential thieves.

What's more, homeowners don't need to hire moving services to transport furniture and other heavy pieces to a storage facility. With the storage container right there on the property, homeowners can simply move their own belongings.

It may be best to rent a storage container over a storage unit if you only plan to use the storage for a short period of time. This is because not every homeowner has a large enough property to house the storage container on-site for long periods of time.

Self-storage Facilities
Self-storage facilities are best for those who don't mind moving back and forth from their home to their self-storage. These rental facilities can be accessed as needed rather than storage containers, which are always available for a homeowner's access.

However, self-storage facilities can sometimes be questionable in terms of safety. Although most facilities have security cameras, burglaries can happen. Therefore, it's often recommended for homeowners not to store valuable belongings.

Self-storage facilities can also become more expensive the longer you rent them. Compared to shipping containers, which can be bought if you need to store your belongings indefinitely, self-storage units can't be purchased.

Whether you choose to rent a self-storage unit or a shipping container ultimately depends on what you need and what you're comfortable with. However, when it comes down to it, shipping containers provide more space for a lower price. 

Additionally, because your possessions are on your property you can feel secure knowing they're safe. For more information on where to buy shipping containers, contact Simple Box Storage today.
Julie Kim

Written by Julie Kim

Shipping Container sales and rentals in Seattle, Bellingham, Spokane, Salem, and throughout the northwest.