Storage Container Basics

Generally speaking, a storage container or a storage unit is a term that describes a container of a considerable size that is used to hold your household or office items for a certain amount of time. It is possible to either rent or purchase your own storage unit depending on your needs. However, renting has recently become the more popular option since you will not have to set aside some of your own space for the storage unit.

Regardless, we at Movable Container Storage realize that not all storage containers are able to address all customer needs and purposes. In order to ensure that you will be able to maximize your investment, we have compiled a basic guideline that can help you choose the right storage container for you.

Choosing Your Unit

As previously stated, not all storage containers are created equal. However, if you are able to list down the exact criteria that you need for your unit, you will be able to find that one perfect fit.  Listed below are a few of the things that you should consider before you make that final decision.


Size Matters –

One of the main reasons why our client would choose to invest in a storage container in the first place is due to their need for extra space. Residential and business owners alike might be in the midst of renovations and discover that they do not have enough extra rooms to hide all of their furniture and supplies in.

Fortunately, storage containers come in a wide array of sizes. If you are renting, you can easily choose a smaller unit to start with then switch it out for a larger one when the need arises. This convenience and flexibility is particularly useful once a customer realizes that what once appeared to be a manageable amount of items turns into a rather large expanse of clutter once it is transferred from a vast office space into a cramped storage container.

However, if you choose to buy your unit instead, we recommend that you rent or purchase a storage unit that is slightly bigger than what you might initially need. After all, you will not be able to change your unit for a larger one as easily. So in this case, it would be best to just go big right from the start.

For example, if you initially considered getting a 20-foot storage unit for your items, you might actually need to get a 40-foot unit to accommodate any excess items. It would be to your advantage to have a bit of extra space left over after your items have been transferred into the unit just to be safe. This would also work in case you plan to use your storage unit for a long time and would need to continually store more items over the years.

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Price Checks –

Though a hefty price tag might deter you from investing in a storage unit, it is best if you go through all of your options first before you decide to go with a cheaper unit. To be safe, set a budget for your container and make it flexible enough to accommodate the storage units that might fall above or below that limit.

To ensure that you are getting the best deal out there, you should also avoid being overly brand or name conscious when it comes to the actual storage container. While a well-known brand might seem more trustworthy, that name can also carry added expenses that will not really get you much in terms of actual convenience.  Rather than focusing on a familiar brand, you should choose the unit that offers the most amount of space in relation to the price tag to ensure that you are getting the best possible deal.

Applying Modifications –

It should be noted that while storage containers for rent do offer the bonus of freeing up extra space, they will also limit you in terms of design and use. Since the unit still belongs to the company, you will need to ensure that the storage unit is only used and maintained according to their specifications. Mostly, this means that the containers can only be used strictly for either transport or storage.

If you have any plans of modifying your storage unit to better suit your needs, it would be best for you to simply buy it and design it as you please. This option is best suited for customers who have plans of incorporating a simple storage container into a business plan. For example, you can easily convert storage containers into mobile food trucks, offices, homes, clinics, as long as you have the right tools and know-how.