In the past, it was rare to find a home or an office that uses a portable storage container for the safekeeping and transport of merchandise, furniture, and other belongings. Nowadays, however, the portable container manufacturing industry has boomed, and with it, the number of people relying on these containers for personal and commercial use.
It can be pretty confusing, especially for someone who isn’t an expert in storage containers, to decide on the right container to purchase or rent. However, this can be made easier by simply considering five important factors.
1. Available Space on Property
Before you go ahead and start searching for the most suitable container for you, the first question you have to ask yourself is: “Do I have enough space at home/in the office for the portable storage container?” Generally, people prefer to have the container delivered to their homes or offices, where there is a designated spot for the container to be placed. If you intend to use the container for an office or a store and you have no extra space for the container, you may simply choose a spot in the parking area. If the container is for your home, you can keep it in the garage if it fits, or in the backyard.
However, if you really can’t find any space on your property that is large enough to accommodate the container, most companies will offer for you to leave your container in their storage yards. This is a practical solution as you can simply go to the storage yard in case there are items you need from the container, or conveniently have your items delivered by the company to your office or home.
2. Dimensions of Container
When it comes to purchasing a portable storage container, size does matter. The bigger the dimensions, the more space you have, and the more items you can store in the container. Naturally, containers with larger dimensions also cost more. Because of this, it is best to carefully consider first the dimension, weight, and cubic capacity of the container that you need. There are some things that have to be factored when deciding on these: where you intend to place it, what you intend to use it for (storage, safekeeping, or as a make-shift room), and the things that you plan to store in it.
3. Container Type
After you have decided on the above factors, the next thing you have to consider is the type of container that you have to get. Container types are based on the material that the container is composed of. Plastic, aluminum, and steel containers are some of the more common types that you can choose from. The amount of merchandise, type of things you plan to store, and the area in which the container will be placed in will determine the type of container that suits your requirements.
Whether you are to use the portable storage container for the safekeeping of your merchandise and personal belongings, or if you plan to use the container as a makeshift office or room, it is very important to carefully look into the safety features that a container is equipped with. The most basic of these are fire-resistance, water-resistance, and rust-resistance. It is better to spend a little more in making sure that a container has all these basic safety features rather than end up with regret when you lose a lot due to damage.
Finally, you also must consider the price being offered for the purchase or rental of a portable container. Regardless of the quality, the company must be able to offer a competitive price. Make sure that you compare prices before you make a final decision so that you can be certain that you are getting the best deal possible.
Simply use this as a guide and you can easily narrow down you search for the best portable storage container for all your personal and entrepreneurial needs.