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May 27, 2019

6 Things to Consider When Renting a Portable Storage Unit

Whether you are moving or just need a temporary storage solution while working on a home renovation, renting a portable storage unit can be smart move. There are a variety of companies that provide this service, so it is important to compare and pick the one that best fits your needs.  Let’s take a look at a few things that you should consider before renting a portable storage unit:


  1. Size – Not every company offers the same size of portable storage units. Take note of everything you want to store or move to ensure that you get the appropriate sized container. There is a weight limit typically allotted for these containers too, so it is important to take that into consideration as well.

Before choosing your unit, ensure that it will fit where you want i.e. in your driveway, behind your business, etc. It could be a costly mistake if you choose one and find out when it gets to you that it hangs out in the street impeding traffic.


  1. Environment – Depending on the portable storage container, which varies by company, you will find differences in the container environment. Some are temperature controlled, water proof, etc. but not all of them. Depending on what you are storing or moving, you may need to take this into consideration when picking a unit.


  1. Pricing- Some companies charge a fee per day or a fee by how much of the portable storage unit that you use. Many companies offer free quotes online or will chat on the phone with you to ensure all your questions are answered. Be sure to get clarification on any fees that will be charged and read all the fine print in your contract so there aren’t any surprises later on.


  1. Discounts – There is no shame in saving some money. A lot of companies offer discounts to military members and college students – doesn’t hurt to ask if any discounts are available.


  1. Distance – Not all companies will do long distance moves – it is important if you want your storage unit moved to another state to check to ensure this is a possibility.


  1. Loading – Not all portable storage units are the same. Ground level units are the easiest to load your items into. Some units have ramps which can add a tiny bit of complexity depending on what you want to load into the unit.


As you can see, there is a lot to look for and consider when shopping around for a portable storage unit. Make sure to do your research and compare before choosing a company to work with.