So, you’re looking for storage, but you’re not sure whether to choose self-storage or portable storage? Within the storage industry, we have storage options. As we know, the storage industry is ever evolving. In the last decade alone, the business of storage has grown exponentially. We are finding a huge opportunity to provide storage to customers. And we can offer storage options! There are two main sectors within the storage industry to compare: self-storage and portable storage. Let’s look at the differences (and similarities) between self-storage and portable storage.
Whether you are moving, remodeling, or just in need of a little extra room, there are several reasons why you might opt for renting a storage unit. When you are looking for additional storage, it’s important to find the right storage to fit your needs. The two main storage choices are self-storage and portable storage. Some storage facilities may even offer both services for their customers. While each option will provide you with additional storage space, there are a few key differences that you should consider.
People need storage for all types of reasons—from downsizing and decluttering to moving or remodeling. Storage solutions can be convenient, secure, flexible, and versatile. Essentially, both self-storage and portable storage will provide you with additional space. Self-storage units are located at a storage facility where the customer must drive to the location to access their belongings. Portable storage units are delivered right to you, allowing you to pack and store your belongings right there on the spot.
Self-storage denotes units that are situated in a single location. These facilities will often have drive-up access. This makes it convenient for tenants to get in and out of their storage as needed. Also, these facilities may offer security, locking systems, and lighting to keep the units safe. Self-storage operators have storage options when setting up their facility. For example, they can choose brick-and-mortar buildings. Or they can choose relocatable self-storage units. How do these differ?
Traditional, brick-and-mortar storage buildings are permanent. They need foundation and infrastructure. Plus, operators must adhere to local building codes and restrictions. This type of facility is costly, especially during tough times of supply and demand.
Relocatable storage, on the other hand, can fit anywhere. Here’s where the evolution is happening. These flexible units can transform easements, setbacks and fence lines into rentable space. There is no need for foundation with relocatables. And they classify as equipment for tax breaks. With relocatables, you can have multiple doors. They can be roll up or swing doors on the front and/or sides. In addition, you can put partitions inside to divide the space.
One of our favorite things about relocatable units is that you can expand an existing facility with ease. Even if it’s a traditional facility with permanent structures, expansion is possible. Boxwell’s relocatable units are custom made. And they are color matched to your facility for a seamless look.
“If you purchase an existing facility that has some room on the site for more units, it’s a wise move to consider adding relocatable units.”
Terry Campbell, Live Oak Bank