What is Portable Storage?

Portable storage is a term thrown around a lot, but what is it exactly? It's actually a fairly broad term that can include a number of different types of storage containers and names for them. They could be called Pods, Cubes, Storage containers, Moving containers, Shipping containers, and more. The general idea is the same with all of them. a portable storage container is delivered to you, you fill it with your belongings, and the portable storage provider takes it away to be stored on their property until you need your belongings again, at which time they bring the unit back to you wherever you are. These are great solutions when moving or when extensive renovations require clearing out part of your home. Beyond that basic explanation, you may have further questions. Below we provide answers to some of the most common questions.

Q: Are moving containers secure?
A: Often these containers are more secure than self storage units, since they are either at your home or located on the premises of a company's gated facility.

Q: Who else will have access to my storage unit?
A: No one. You put a lock on your unit and you retain the key for it. 

Q: Are my items insured while being stored at your facility?
A: Yes. More portable storage providers offer property protection insurance.

Q: Does portable storage have climate-controlled options?
A: You can find some that do, but typically most are not climate controlled as it can greatly increase the cost of these units and therefore the cost to customers.

Q: Where are portable containers stored?
A: You have the choice to keep it on your property or store it at a secure facility.

Q: Can portable storage containers be delivered to apartments and condos, or only houses?
A: They can, but you first need to have permission from your condo board or apartment manager, so make sure you get this permission before ordering one.

Q: Can you put a portable storage container on the street?
A: Yes you can, but it is typically up to the customer to provide a parking permit. Some municipalities allow storage units to be parked on the street for up to two days, but after that, you will need a permit to keep them there longer. Since there are thousands of streets, regulations, and municipalities, it would be impossible for portable storage companies to keep track of all of this themselves. So it is usually up to you as the customer to provide the permit.

Q: Will the truck wait with the container while I pack the truck if it's going to a gated storage facility?
A: Yes. The majority of portable storage providers will provide an option for the driver to wait while you load the container. Keep in mind that there is usually a fee of around $150 per hour involved in this option.

Published on: Tue, 16 Jul, 2019

Stay Up to date

Subscribe now and be the first to receive self storage Promotions and offers