Crucial Questions for Choosing a Portable Storage Company

by Dusty Rhodes on Oct 10, 2019  in 
  • Portable Storage
  • Personal Storage
  • affordable moving
  • Home Storage
  • Moving
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Portable storage containers provide a cost-effective solution for transporting your belongings during a move or storing household items. They have become increasingly popular in recent years and have proven to be useful for a variety of uses. These portable containers offer a simple, convenient, and affordable storage option but many people aren’t familiar with how the whole process works. If you are looking to rent a portable storage container, here are a few questions that you should ask to ensure you choose the company that is right for you.


How big is the container?

This is an important question to ask, as companies offer different sized containers to choose from while others might only have a standard option. There is usually a smaller size that is ideal for small spaces like a one bedroom apartment. This might also be a good option for storing excess household items. There can also be larger containers that are ideal for mid-size homes and multi-bedroom apartments. Depending on your needs, the storage company should be able to direct you on which size will work best.


Do you offer long-term storage?

There are many reasons why someone might need a storage unit. Moving typically requires short-term storage but some homeowners might be looking for long-term storage for things like seasonal equipment and other household items. If you are in need of long-term storage, be sure and ask if the company has a storage facility available to accommodate your needs.


How secure is the container?

It is important to make sure your belongings are safe and secure while they are in storage. The storage company should explain how to lock the portable container and they will provide you with a key. Long-term storage facilities might have security cameras or someone who patrols the facility.


What is the container made of?

This is important because companies use containers made of various materials including construction-grade wood, steel and aluminum, or even heavy duty plastic. You want to be sure the container is moisture, weather, and rodent proof.


Are my belongings insured inside the container?

In many cases your homeowner’s insurance will cover all items on your premises even if they are inside a storage container. Check with your insurance company and also check with the storage company to see if they offer any additional insurance. If your storage container is being stored in their warehouse or a storage facility, the company may offer insurance through a third-party provider to cover items while they remain in storage.


Is there anything that can’t be stored inside?

Every portable storage company should provide you with a complete list of items that are not permitted inside a storage container. Items not allowed typically include hazardous, flammable, or corrosive materials, live animals, plants, and perishable food items.


Are there any additional fees?

When you are pricing portable storage companies be sure to ask about any deposits or fees that you might be charged in addition to their rate. Every company will have different policies regarding prices and you want to account for any additional fees.


Dusty Rhodes