Self Storage vs. Portable Storage: What’s Right for Me?

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Whether you’re moving, going out of town or just need to offload some of your extra stuff, a storage unit is most likely the first thing to come to mind. However, you now have more storage options than you used to. The two most popular choices by far are self storage facilities and portable, on-site storage. Unfortunately, this can complicate your decision. In order to make things easier, here are some pros and cons of each option.

Self Storage Pros

  • Self storage is typically very secure. The facilities may be protected by high fences, locking front gates, security cameras and sometimes even around-the-clock guards. With this option, you can rest easy knowing your belongings are safe.
  • A self storage facility is the only place you will be able to find climate-controlled conditions. This is an important feature if you want to store photos, electronics, jewelry, upholstered furniture or other delicate items.
  • In most cases, these facilities offer 24-hour access. It’s nice to be able to access your belongings whenever you want without having to adhere to someone else’s schedule.
  • If you go with a storage facility, you can be sure that you’ll have plenty of space at your disposal. This is a huge benefit if you’re moving and need to temporarily store a large amount of items.

Self Storage Cons

  • Unfortunately, you have to drive to a storage facility to get your belongings, plus haul them back home. This puts wear and tear on your car and uses up gas. However, most storage facilities are in optimal locations to make the trip easier on customers.
  • Not all facilities boast climate-controlled storage, which is problematic when you want to store heat and moisture-sensitive objects.
  • Some facilities may have issues with pests, which can destroy belongings and stow away into your home. Fortunately, the vast majority of storage facilities work hard to keep this from happening.

Portable Storage Pros

  • Portable storage is located on your property, making your belongings easy to access at any time.
  • Because these are small individual units, they’re not as prone to developing a pest problem. However, it’s not unheard of.

Portable Storage Cons

  • Not everyone wants to have a portable storage unit sitting on their lawn, nor does everyone have the space for it.
  • These are considerably less secure than a self storage facility. Anybody walking down the street can see them, and they know they probably contain valuables. If they really want to get into the portable unit, they will.
  • Portable storage has no option for climate control. Furthermore, they’re constantly bombarded by sun and precipitation while sitting on your property. This can be a big problem, especially if they develop leaks.
  • In order to be portable, these units must also be significantly limited in size. This doesn’t leave a lot of room for your belongings, and you may not be able to fit everything in when you need to.
  • Although renting a portable storage unit is fairly inexpensive, their lack of size, durability and security can negatively impact their cost-effectiveness.

If you want more bang for your buck, it’s often best to go with a self storage facility. You can click here to find local storage in your area.