Self-Storage and Portable Storage: What’s the Difference?

Let’s look at the differences (and similarities) between self-storage and portable storage. We have storage options! And being movable is key.
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.
Storage Options - Self-Storage

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.
Storage Options - Relocatable
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

Whether you’re in the portable storage or self-storage industry, you have storage options. And you can quickly increase your facility’s revenue with either or both storage options. Being movable is key. And Boxwell has you covered with both self-storage units and portable storage. 
For usage, portable storage units arrive at the customer’s site. This can be anywhere from a driveway, parking lot, field, or street. The customer fills the portable units with their items. They can store the units at this location. Or they drive the units somewhere for a long-distance move or delivery. Often, the portable storage operation will pick up the units and bring them back to their storage yard or warehouse. Portable units can be branded with the facility’s colors and logos.
Storage Options - Portable Storage
Portable storage operators have options when it comes to delivery. New delivery systems make the process streamlined and turnkey. This is because of recent advancements in technology and materials. Portable storage operators either use a rollback tow truck, a semi-trailer truck, or a Mule delivery system. And did you know that the units can stack 3-high when loaded? In addition, portable containers have a lot of options for securing items inside, which helps ease the mobility. Features may include receiver tubes, d-rings, tie down rings, vents, 3M vinyl decals, and a door latch.
If you are looking for a flexible, short term storage solution, portable storage is a great option. The storage company will bring the storage container straight to your door. From there, you can store your items at your pace. Once all your things are loaded, the company will bring the container wherever you need it. Portable storage is a convenient option, particularly for a long-distance move.

Since 2015, Boxwell has been designing, manufacturing, and distributing customizable storage solutions for businesses around the world. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., Boxwell’s mission is to build the future of storage, today. We aim to achieve this by persistently looking for ways to develop more durable storage, installed in a fraction of the time compared to other options. Therefore, we’re continually exploring new technologies, services, and features to support our clients and elevate the industry standard. We know you’ll appreciate our hidden features and benefits.
Our products include drive-up self-storage unitsrelocatable self-storage units, portable storage containersresidential storage containersmoving containers, and restoration containers. Intended to help you increase your business’ revenue-generating space, our portable containers and relocatable self-storage units are flexible, stackable, and beautiful! Boxwell is here to ensure that our products help you achieve your business goals.
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