Disadvantages of Using a Portable Storage Unit

June 30, 2018

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Moveable storage units are storage containers of varying sizes that can be shipped to your home for you. Once you’ve secured a portable unit, you just load up your personal belongings and others will transport it for you. Unlike a traditional moving truck, some advantages to this option include a larger space for more efficient packing and no time constraints. You can keep your portable unit for as long as you need to, or even move it to another participating facility for storing and easy access there.

There are some disadvantages, however, and Affordable Family Storage has the 4-1-1 on important factors you should consider when looking at moveable storage units.

5 Disadvantages to Portable Storage Units

If you move around a lot and are searching for a convenient way to transport your things with you, this may be the best option for you. If you rarely move or are considering this option as a one-time occurrence, there are factors you should consider first. Here are a few key considerations to think of when deciding whether or not to pay for portable storage units.

  1. You’ll need to secure your items inside at all times. Not just stacking things neatly and in small bunches. Because your storage unit will be in a constant state of motion as you move, you will need to secure your belongings inside with adjustable straps and bungee cords to prevent items from tipping over and falling everywhere.

  1. Your moveable unit may not be temperature regulated. Depending on where you move to or how long you have your unit, climate-control would help prevent against mold and mildew in areas with high humidity, which will also prevent certain bugs from nesting. Portable units are not temperature regulated, so consider how that plays into where you’re relocating.

  1. Not all mobile storage units are waterproof. Some units do not offer adequate protection against rainstorms. Unexpected weather changes could ruin your personal items or flood your unit. Since you will not be with your unit while it’s in transition, you may not be able to control stops to wait out the rain.

  1. Not all storage facilities accept or offer portable units. If you were wanting to hang on to your unit for a while, you’ll need to verify that it’s allowed. Not all communities are portable container friendly, and many storage facilities don’t offer moveable units or accept them.

  1. Unexpected Fees. You may have to pay for any unexpected fees along the way if your unit is damaged or something happens to it while it’s in your care. Unexpected fees are never a good thing to shell out your hard earned money for.

Affordable Family Storage

If you are considering hopping on the portable storage unit trend, it’s best to consider all advantages and disadvantages before you commit. Depending on the circumstance, it may be best to utilize an old-fashioned moving truck. If you are moving to the Midwest area and are looking for quality, traditional storage units in a safe and secure facility, Affordable Family Storage in Billings, MO is the right place for you. Visit our website for more information on our many locations, storage unit sizes, and great amenities!

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