If you're looking to rent a mobile storage container, there are many things you should consider before booking. (cherezoff/Shutterstock.com)

By Laura Gee, Content and Social Media Manager, USstoragesearch.com

Even if you aren’t actively in the storage industry the odds are you know what a portable storage container is because you’ve seen them either in your neighborhood or in the parking lot of a local business. They’re the big, metal storage containers that house items for people onsite. These mobile storage devices are wonderful for many reasons like convenience, portability, and ease of use. While they are great and offer so much, they are not always the perfect option for everybody. Here are some things to consider when deciding if renting mobile storage as opposed to self storage:

If you're looking to rent a mobile storage container, there are many things you should consider before booking. (cherezoff/Shutterstock.com)
If you’re looking to rent a mobile storage container, there are many things you should consider before booking. (cherezoff/Shutterstock.com)

How important is access?

After you load your mobile storage container it is either shipped to your next destination or stored in a warehouse. When it is in transit or stored in that warehouse, it is not at your complete access. In some cases you might be charged a fee for accessing your unit in the warehouse. This isn’t a problem if you know that you will not be needing anything from the unit until you’re finished with using it. However, if you plan on needing things from your unit frequently, then self storage might be a better route.

How big are my items being stored?

Portable storage containers average in size around  5x8x8 in size where self storage units can range from 5×5 to 10×30 or even larger in some cases. Keep that in mind if you have large pieces of furniture or many items that you want to keep in your unit. These units offer a lot of quality space but the trendy, over-sized furniture of the past few years can sometimes make using these units feel like a game of Tetris.

How expensive is mobile compared to self storage?

Mobile storage typically runs a little more expensive because of the added convenience and sometimes there are fees for accessing your unit once it is in the warehouse. You might experience drop off and pick up fees. Depending on how you plan to use the storage space and your current situation the values (not prices) might even out.

Will I need climate control?

You’re in luck because both mobile storage and self storage offer climate control options. Mobile storage units are typically stored in climate controlled warehouses and many self storage facilities offer this feature as well.

Is mobile storage secure?

When the mobile storage container is at your location there is no big building to protect it like when it is stored at the warehouse. The units are locked and durable and should be more than fine sitting where you put them. Once it is in the warehouse, it will be sitting in a locked facility. Like with the rest of life, there are no guarantees, but I wouldn’t worry about it and I worry about nearly everything.

If you’re considering using mobile storage, USstoragesearch.com would be happy to help you find a great option that meets your needs. Our site can help you find a company that offers portable storage in your area and help you navigate the process of renting one. The comparisons between self storage and mobile storage could go on for days. Both options yield great results.