Self Storage vs. Portable Storage

Self Storage vs. Portable Storage
When the need for storage has come up in your life, you may have tried to weigh the pros and cons of using self storage versus using a portable storage container such as PODS® or U-Box®. We are here to show you the differences for each and help you decide which option is best for you and your storage needs.

Here are some points on each to consider when making your decision:


Portable Storage Container
  • Portable storage containers are ordered and delivered to your residence or business. That means you need to find somewhere large enough on your property to place it. You may even need to check with your township or neighborhood association to see if there are rules on where you can place it or how long it can be in place.
  • There needs to be a clearance of 12 feet wide and 15 feet high for delivery at your location.
  • When you are done filling your container, it can be picked up and stored at their warehouse, or left at your location as long as you wish.
Self Storage Unit
  • Self storage does not move. You find the facility you want to store with and you can simply visit your storage unit when you need access. Self storage units are typically protected by a fenced perimeter and other security features such as an electronic access gate and surveillance cameras.
  • There is a property manager on site at least six days a week at Moove In Self Storage in case you have any questions or need assistance.
  • Not all storage companies have a property manager on site, so be sure to check into this before selecting a facility.


Portable Storage Container
  • If you have kept your container at your location (if your township or neighborhood association allows it), you can access it at your leisure.
  • If your container is stored in their warehouse, you need to make an appointment 24-48 hours in advance to gain access on site.
  • If you want access at your location, the container can be delivered to your residence or business, which incurs a delivery fee. When you are done, it can be once again picked up and taken back to their warehouse.
  • Typically, these businesses only operate five days a week, meaning no access on weekends.
Self Storage Unit
  • You can access your self storage unit and your belongings seven days a week, every day of the year, including holidays and weekends. Access hours are 6am-10pm every day at Moove In Self Storage.
  • You do not need an appointment to access your storage unit, you can come and go during access hours as you please.
  • If you need to transfer to a larger or smaller unit, you can easily do so with the property manager on site. Typically this can be done very quickly if the unit size you want is available.


Portable Storage Container
  • These offer limited sizes, which are typically 7x7x8, 12x8x8 or 16x8x8. They have to plan for transportation and storage in their warehouse, so their standard sizes are designed around that which gives you very limited variety.
  • Only some of their warehouses are temperature controlled, so be sure to ask if the one you will be using offers that benefit.
Self Storage Unit
  • Self storage units come in a large variety of types. You can choose from drive-up access, interior access or temperature control units depending on what you are storing.
  • The standard sizes for storage units start at 5×5 and can go up to 20×30 with everything in between. For example: 5×7.5, 5×10, 5×15, 7.5×10, 10×10, 10×15, 10×20, 10×25, 10×30 and more. The height of self storage unit is either 8 or 10 feet.
  • Many self storage facilities also offer outdoor parking spaces for boats and RVs.


Portable Storage Container
  • Most times, portable containers require a deposit at time of renting which can be over $150.
  • To have a larger 16x8x8 container delivered to your home or business will cost you over $430 to cover mileage, gas and insurance.
  • Monthly rent of a container of this size will cost you over $170 a month whether it is at your location or in their warehouse.
Self Storage Unit
  • There is no security deposit required at any Moove In Self Storage location.
  • However, some storage companies do charge a security deposit of one month’s rent so be sure to check first.
  • There is no delivery fee since self storage does not move.
  • Monthly rents will vary from location to location, but are typically less expensive than a comparable size of a portable storage container.

The differences are many between self storage units and portable storage containers. Depending on what you are storing and how often you need access to it will help you determine which type is right for you. If you have more questions about selecting the right type of storage, you can contact us at any time or reach out to any of our property managers for help.

If you are ready to start using self storage now, you can rent a unit online and get moving!

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