What’s Best For Me: Portable Storage vs Regular Storage vs Self Storage

In everyone’s life, there is a moment when we simply need a place to store our stuff. The reasons vary, the storage solutions, also. We may be renovating our home or it may be the time to finally pursue our dreams and relocate to a distant new place.

Whatever the reason, we want to be sure about one thing – that our items will be well preserved and cared for. After all, we have spent a lot of our hard-earned money to obtain our belongings. We want to make sure that they are safe, and we will get them back in the same condition that we stored them in.


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There are quite a few options for you to choose from. And below, we have created a list of pros and cons in using each. We did the digging so you don’t have to and still be able to choose the best for you.

Answer Those Questions To Pick The Correct Service for You

Before you even start to read about the services available to you, it is a great idea to ask yourself these following questions. Thus, you will be one step closer to choosing the best storage option for your particular situation.

ASK YOURSELF:

1. How long will you store items for?
Most providers will have special rates for longer periods of storage.
2. Are your items heavy?
With self-storage you will have to lift those items on your own.
3. Are you storing expensive items?
Some storage options might not be that secure.
4. Are you on a schedule?
Do you have timeline for loading/unloading and travelling.
5. Would you need access to the items while in storage?
If you need a constant access to your storage, P.S.C would be most suitable.
6. Do you have space within your property?
To have a storage container positioned somewhere, where it won’t be in anyone’s way.
7. Are the items stored fragile?
It would be great to have insurance added.

Keep the answers to those questions in your mind while reading the following rows. Those guidelines will help you pick the best service for you.

What is Self Storage

Self Storage Facility

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It is a storage service that you essentially perform yourself. You will have to find a self storage facility that is in a suiting location for you. After reaching out to that business and negotiating the time of your arrival it is time to get to work.

You will have to load your belongings and drive them to the self storage unit. You will have to unload them on spot and figure out a way to fit everything inside the storage space. Choosing the ideal storage space could be tricky. Be careful with your measurements. In some cases, storage units are actually smaller than advertised.

If you are planning to store multiple items and some furniture, you will need to hire a van to load everything in one go. Otherwise, you will most likely do several courses to your self-storage with your own vehicle. You may also need to disassemble your furniture to fit it in your car. This will build up on the time and gas you spend on the task. You might even end up with a couple of bruises from the loading. [link to a post on how to load/lift things correctly]

A lot of self storage places you will have to bring a lock of your own. You will lock your storage unit with it, meaning that you will solely be responsible for the security.

Prior to loading your stuff, ask if the facility is with a roll-up door or a hinged one. Just to make out whether it would be possible to fit large objects through the entrance.

Most Popular Sizes of Self Storage Units

Popular Self Storage Unit Sizes

Cubic Feet (ft³) Cubic Meter (m³)
25 2.32
50 4.64
100 9.29
150 13.93

Who Can Benefit From Self Storage

Self storage units are not a rare sight in the UK. They do have their perks as well. If you want to store a single big item or a bundle that could be transported at once, self storage might be your go-to service. If your home renovation limits to a single room with not a lot of furniture in, you can also benefit from a local self storage in London. You just have to be sure that you can spare the time and effort.

Pros and Cons of Self Storage

Pros Cons
Local facility Takes out a chunk of your time
Variety of storage unit sizes Requires some lifting power to load items yourself
Suitable storage conditions You take responsibility for damage during transport
You can check your items anytime You take responsibility for the security
You may need to book a van as well
You will have to buy packing materials
You may pay more – till the contract ends
Probably the most expensive storage option

Is Self Storage Worth It

In the end, it is all up to personal preferences. The self storage’s lack of insurance and security issues might be the deal breaker for you. On the other hand, if you need a single big item or a couple of boxes stored today at your nearest location, self-storage might be your answer.

Carefully plan the period for which you will need your items stored. Most of the “self-storage” facilities charge on a monthly basis. You may not be able to get your items back before paying in full for the period of the contract. And it does not matter to them that it’s “right at the beginning of the month”. They can charge you for a full month of storage.

What is the Portable Storage Service

Portable Storage Containers

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P.S.C stands for Portable Storage Containers. Those come in the form of metal containers of different sizes. The storage units can be stacked on top of each other and are usually stored outside. Of course, they can also be stored in halls. It depends on your personal preferences and the availability of your service providers.

After you book the service, the provider will come at an arranged time and drop the storage container in your driveway/front yard. You will then have the, agreed upon, time to load your belongings and request a pickup. The safe packing of your items is once again on you, and you only. You can choose to keep the container near your property, so it would be accessible for you in case such need arises. This will make it easier to safeguard it as well.

Negotiate your terms with the service provider in advance!

Most Popular Sizes of Portable Storage Containers

Portable Storage Container Sizes

Container Dimension (m) Cubic Feet (ft³) Cubic Metres (m³)
2 x 2 x 2.5 353 10
2.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 772 22
2.5 x 5 x 2.5 1103 31

Who can benefit from a P.S.C service

People that are searching for a quick way to get rid of some clutter for a while can enjoy such a service. Valuable personal belongings should not be placed in a metal container. It is risky to transport fragile materials in a steel box. Keep in mind, that it will be lifted and dropped at least three times before it reaches its final destination. Not to mention the same process upon return.

The portable storage units will be of help to people that are busy with a renovation and need a place to store items while the construction work is done. They will benefit from the quick delivery of the container. Leaving this massive box in a place where it won’t be causing any trouble to the neighbours is the tricky part.

If you are living in a flat or in a busy city like London, the P.S.C is not an option for you. You risk a fine for blocking roads or causing inconvenience to the people living in the same building.

Keeping a container, such as this, on your lawn will cause damage to the grass and soil underneath. Have this in mind if you plan to store the container on your property.

Pros and Cons of P.S.C

Pros Cons
Could be stored in your yard Risk of being fined
Could be booked for a long period of time May cause inconvenience to neighbours
Safety risk
Risk of damaging items while transporting
Coul be stored outside

Is P.S.C worth It

If you have a place to keep the storage unit on your property, this option might be ideal for you. It depends on how long you intend to have it around for. Make sure it won’t get in your way or even worse – in the way of neighbours and people passing on the street. Note, the smallest container is 2 x 2 x 2.5 metres.

What is the Storage Service

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With a storage service, no labour is expected on your behalf. A removals team will come to you, load your stuff in a van and drive it to the storage facility. There, it will be placed carefully in wooden containers. Those containers are stored inside a building with air conditioning and CCTV. This ensures proper storage conditions and a high level of security. The service could be arranged to be performed within 24 hours.

You are free to come and check your belongings whenever you like. You just have to inform security about your arrival. Prepare a small fee for the new seal that has to be installed on your container. Every container has a seal with a serial number. This assures that no one can go through your personal possessions, without you noticing the intrusion.

Your belongings are also insured during their stay in the storage and on their way to the facility, as well. (if you book removals)

Most Common Size of Storage Containers

Storage Container Dimensions

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This size equals to 160.68 Cubic Feet (ft³) or 4.55 Cubic Metres (m³)

You can always store in two, three or more containers if needed. The size makes it possible to constantly provide a storage space that is close to the requirements of the customer. This means that you won’t have to pay, for space that you won’t use.

Who can Benefit from a Storage Service

Anyone that needs to store anything. The removals service will cost you a fee on top of the storage price. However, it will save you the hassle of finding transport and manpower to get your things where they need to be. It also, assures you a peace of mind that your items are now the responsibility of a professional.

Our Clients:

StudentsFamiliesBusinesses
Some students decide to get back home for the summer. They need a safe place to store their belongings and save expenses on keeping their rental place.
Relocating to their own, newly acquired nest will most likely opt for a storage service. It is time efficient and less stressful for the already overwhelmed home owners.
business that is searching for a safe and dry place to store it’s equipment. The service is perfect for businesses that are relocating and re-establishing their operations. They often benefit from the special offer on storage that comes with 4 hrs. of removals.

Pros and Cons of a Storage Service

Pros Cons
Probably the cheapest storage option Not always right around the corner
Available loading staff and packing materials You have to call in before going to check your stuff
Insurance option
24/7 CCTV and manned
Numbered seals on each container
Perfect storing conditions
Pay only for what you use

Is The Storage Worth It

This service requires minimum engagement on your behalf and you can focus on your other endeavours. Such as relocating or refurbishments, which are both highly stressful and time-consuming. On top of that, they do require your full attention. If you prefer to limit the distractions and potential mistakes, because of deadlines and stress. An “A to Z” service is what you need. You can still drive your belongings on your own or even skip the insurance if you want, taking advantage of the flexibility of the service.

Conclusion

The opportunities on the market of storage solutions can cover the personal requirements of every client. In order to pick the right one for you, you must make an informed choice. You have to be familiar with the perks and downsides of each one. We hope that this article gave you the knowledge you need to make a decision.

Posted in Moving and Packing Tips

Last update: September 13, 2018
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