There are plenty of storage options out there for businesses, contractors and homeowners, but the top two are portable storage containers and self-storage units. But how do you decide between the two and what are the differences between mobile storage and self storage?
Main Differences Between Self-Storage and Mobile Storage
For starters, mobile storage units have several advantages over self-storage units. For instance, there’s the convenience factor. Self-storage units are located at a separate site while mobile units can be delivered directly on site.
There, you can easily and quickly store files, office equipment, products, seasonal inventory, seasonal décor, building supplies, furniture, tools and anything else you’d normally put in a separate warehouse, commercial space, attic, shed, crawl space or garage. You can organize the space to meet your needs on your own timetable and give immediate access to anyone who needs it, whether it’s a family member, office manager or construction foreman.
That leads to the second major difference between self storage and mobile units: security. Both will keep your belongings safe, but you can rest more easily having them stored on site because you can monitor who goes in and out of the unit on your own property.
Furthermore, unlike self-storage units, portable storage units provide an extra layer of protection because many – such as those offered by A.B. Richards – are made from heavy-gauge stainless steel, feature sturdy swing-out doors and are both weatherproof and fire proof.
The third difference between the two types of storage is cost. Compared to self-storage units, portable units are much more cost-effective. Because the storage containers are roomier and have more storage potential and versatility than smaller self-storage units, you generally receive more bang for your buck.
At A.B. Richards, for example, you can rent or lease 20-foot, 40-foot or 40-foot jumbo (hi-cube) storage containers that can be delivered to your place of business, your construction site or your home, depending on your storage needs.
Contact A.B. Richards, the leading supplier of ground-level storage containers in the Northeast since 1982, today at (800) 597-5971 to learn more about our storage container renting and leasing options.
Our expert staff can work with you one on one and review your specific needs, whether it’s for business, retail, construction, industrial or residential purposes, and guide you to the exact portable storage containers that work for you.