What is self-storage?
If you’re looking for self-storage, you may think of storage sheds where you pay a company to store your things for you, however lately, shipping containers have become a way more cost-effective means to storing your materials, they’re just as secure however at a fraction of the price of renting a full shed in a storage facility.
So what are the pros and cons of renting a shipping container and keeping a self-storage? Let’s take a look below in this article.
II. The pros of owning your own self-storage container
There are many benefits of owning a self-storage container, they’re weather resistant which is great for extreme climate conditions, they’re secure and very hard to break into, made from high-quality steel they’re incredibly durable and keep your items safe and secure and did we mention the cost?
Self-storage saves you big on renting a storage container with a business, it also offers the ability to access your materials and stored items whenever you need to depending on where you have them stored, but as we’ve found, many people choosing to store it in their own yards or properties.
III. Some of the cons of using a self-storage container
So what are some of the cons that come with self-storage?
Shipping containers may not be suitable for storing certain types of items if you haven’t got the correct one, storing perishable goods such as food and meats in a standard container will not preserve them for long and you will need a climate-controlled container to keep your items chilled or frozen.
Likewise, the location of a shipping container may not be accessible at certain times based on the location or where you store your container, while storing it on your own property is great, it’s not always in the cards for some people if they don’t have big backyards and will need to rent a site to store the container somewhere which can lead to being subject to the business hours of a storage company.
IV. Maintenance and modification
Once you have your container in mind, you will want to take into account what modifications you will want to make to it, like we touched on above, having climate control in a container means you can store more organic things and things that require refrigeration or a cold environment, however, this isn’t all that modifications can do.
Modifying your container to suit your needs is easy and can be done to meet your needs, shelves, doors, tables, chairs and more can be put into a container to suit your needs and really give you the best of your container.
However, you will need to do some general maintenance every now and then, ensuring the security of the container by doing a visual inspection for cracks, tears, or rust and repairing damages before they become big problems.
V. A friend to the environment
Shipping containers are also remarkably sustainable, shipping containers even brand new are generally recycled from old containers and are environmentally friendly as most shipping containers do not require new materials to create the containers.
This is great if you or your business is looking at sustainability strategies and need something that is not only incredibly efficient but also reusable even when damaged, this helps the environment and your wallet by not needing costly new materials to be produced to create shipping containers.
VI. The best of the best
Using a shipping container for self-storage is a no brainer, they’re strong, durable, cost-effective, can last for years, and are an incredibly convenient choice for when you need storage solutions but don’t want the hassle of needing to contract and hire storage companies who may overcharge you for something you can do yourself and are most times safer.