Portable storage containers have changed the way people store their things. They are a great option for homeowners looking for convenient storage space, moving to a new home, or planning on remodeling their house.

If you’re a college student, you also need storage for your dorm and school things as you head for your summer or semester break. Renting a storage container and leaving them in a safe storage facility near your campus is a practical choice. You’ll also please your mom for not bringing additional clutter when you go home.

Retirees and seniors who travel often definitely need someplace to keep their belongings when they go out of town. Many people downsize after retiring and moving to a smaller place. They’ll need to find a place to store their sentimental belongings they can’t let go of.

Here are some things to consider when choosing the storage facility that suits your needs.

#1. Get the right size

The size of the storage unit you need depends on how much stuff you want to store. Make an inventory of the things you want to store to help you determine the right size of a storage container. Consider square footage, length, width, and ceiling height.

For example, if you’re unloading the contents of a small apartment, a medium-sized unit may be sufficient. Our Pack N Store containers measure 8’W x 8’H x 16’L, ideal for the load of a small house or apartment. The height is adequate enough to accommodate tall furniture and appliances.

#2. Consider the storage location

Location is all about accessibility and convenience. Choosing a storage facility near where you live will make things easier for you if you need to access your things frequently. But if you’re storing your items long term, the location may be less of an issue. Also, if you’re on a budget, storage in less urban areas may be a more affordable option.

#3. How long do you intend to use the storage unit?

The length of time of storage is significant because it helps you determine the type of storage you need. If you’re storing sensitive items, such as furniture, appliances, electronic equipment,  and musical instruments, choose a unit that has adequate ventilation so they don’t warp, crack, flake, rust, or fade.

#4. Choose the right type of facility

Storage providers offer both indoor and outdoor facilities. If most of your items are delicate, they may not be able to withstand outdoor storage so you’ll need an indoor option. If you’ll be gone for a long period of time, we recommend an indoor facility.

#5. Ensure the security of your storage unit

The first consideration to keeping your possessions secure in choosing a trusted storage provider. Your unit is also as secure as the materials used to build it. Whenever possible, pick one that’s made from quality metal such as steel and aluminum. Don’t forget to have your container provided with a steel padlock. This ensures not only durability but protection of your belongings from extreme weather conditions, theft, and vandalism.

#6. Insurance is a good option for long term storage

Storage providers are typically not responsible for items lost or damaged by natural calamities or man-made activities, such as theft, vandalism and fire. To protect your belongings for long-term storage or moving, we recommend that you get them covered by storage insurance.

#7. Know what other customers are saying

Read online reviews of your prospective providers to check whether they are reputable, avoid scams and get the best price for your storage project. It’s also a good idea to ask friends who have had actual experience with those companies.

#8. You get what you pay for

Go for a storage container that’s affordable but meets all your requirements. The cheapest may not always be the best so compare costs, quality of the container and services offered between companies. Costs vary depending on the quality and condition of the storage container, your location, delivery services and length of storage.

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Order a unit for onsite storage or store it at our storage facility. Explore our container to find your storage solution. Pack N Store Containers are an affordable way to store or move your stuff. Are you looking for temporary storage for your home or business? Pack N Store is the perfect solution for you.