Portable Storage vs. Self Storage

November 7th, 2016by Korey McMahon


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Using a storage unit can help tremendously whether you're downsizing your home or just trying to declutter - helping you keep all of the "stuff" that you want to keep, but might not need on a regular basis. There are two options that home and business owners should consider when looking for additional space - a self-storage unit and a portable storage unit.

Portable Storage Unit

The first option for extra storage is to purchase a portable storage unit. Units are delivered to the customer's property and typically the customer packs their belongings at their convenience. While monthly payment plans are available, portable storage units are usually paid for in one sitting, rather than being leased.

An advantage to purchasing a portable unit, like one from Quality Buildings, is that the unit is on your property and provides easy access to your belongings, regardless of the time or occasion. By keeping your unit on your property, you can ensure the safety and security of your belongings. Whereas you might be unsure if you opt for leasing space at a facility. Purchasing a unit allows you to not be pressured to retrieve your belongings by a certain date or risk paying more.

Portable storage units have more uses than just holding your stuff. Check out other ways to use a portable storage unit here: 5 Tips for Portable Storage Building Organization.

Self-Storage Unit

Another option would be to lease a self-storage unit from a storage facility for as long as you needed it. Customers that lease a unit typically pay by the month and physically transport their belongings to the storage units, or hire someone to move their belongings for them.

Something to consider when researching unit facilities is making sure to take note of operation hours. Some properties have 24/7 access with the appropriate key, but some have limited hours. If you will need to access your belongings frequently, this can play a major role in determining whether you choose a portable unit or a self-storage facility.

Self-storage is ideal for customers that need a place to store extra belongings that they do not plan to access frequently, or will not need for an extended period of time.

Which storage unit best fits your needs? If you are looking for a portable storage unit, give us a call today and we will help you look for the one that is perfect for your property.

Posted in UncategorizedComments: 8


Jackie Oliver said -

I really like your suggestion of checking a storage facility hour’s, before you rent from them. Personally, I really like the idea of having a storage unit 24 hours a day. That way, you can get into your things whenever you need to. Before reading this, I was more worried about the location, but I think the hours are also very important.

November 15, 2016 @ 3:48 pm • Reply

Lillian Schaeffer said -

This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to check access hours when renting a storage unit. My husband and I are going to be downsizing, so we want to rent a storage unit to keep some of our furniture in until we move into a bigger place again. We’ll definitely make sure to check the hours we would have access to the facility since that will probably be an important deciding factor.

January 9, 2017 @ 1:48 pm • Reply

Maya Jhonson said -

This is really helpful, atleast it helped me to know about difference between Portable Storage Unit and Self-Storage Unit. Queensland Mini Storage has been giving Self Storage Services in Gladstone & Crestmead (Australia). The services are extremely professional and the staff is customer-friendly. You’ll find all types of storage unit weather required to store care of a boat.

February 21, 2017 @ 4:03 am • Reply

Outdoor sheds said -

It will helped a lot to know the difference between the Portable storage unit and Self storage unit. Thanks

March 30, 2017 @ 11:32 pm • Reply

siaosi said -

I would like to have a portable storage unit to help out. I would like to have a shed that can work as a portable storage unit. I would like to get a storage unit that would match my home.

April 4, 2017 @ 10:29 am • Reply

siaosi said -

I think that portable storage is a great idea. I think it would be nice to have something that can be put in my back yard. I want to make sure that I have a place for my lawn mower and for my other devices.

April 12, 2017 @ 1:29 pm • Reply

Storage Zone said -

Very useful information. Thanks for the well-explained differentiation. This is one of the most-asked question to us and your article is a great reference to clarify things and to ensure choice of the best storage for every client need.

April 23, 2017 @ 6:06 pm • Reply

Taylor Hicken said -

It’d be nice to place our belongings in a 24/7 storage unit, that way we can have access anytime of the day. I am pretty forgetful, so I’d probably leave stuff in our storage that we’d need throughout for an occasion. My husband has been trying to find a storage unit for us, but we haven’t had the best of luck yet.

May 15, 2017 @ 5:15 pm • Reply

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