The Difference Between Mobile Storage Containers and Storage Units

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Mobile Storage Containers vs Storage Units

There are many reasons why you might be needing to use a storage unit. It could be that you are embarking on a restoration or renovation project for your home. Perhaps you are preparing to move and you need to store big, bulky items such as furniture. You could be wanting to declutter and downsize after your kids have moved away from home. In any of these scenarios, you could consider either a traditional storage unit or a mobile storage pod or container. Each of these types of storage options have pros and cons to them. The right answer for you depends on a variety of factors. You can save both time and money if you have a clear understanding of which storage option is ideally suited for your particular situation.

Traditional Storage Units

When you opt for traditional storage to store your personal items, this involves renting a storage unit at a facility in your community. There is more manual labor required on your part for a traditional storage unit. The process entails you leasing a storage unit and then you move your stuff in. It is your responsibility to do the packing, loading, and unloading. You are supplied with a lock and key for the storage unit. You have flexibility to access the storage facility at your convenience. However, there are usually certain hours that the storage units will be available to the public. You will find that most self-storage facilities offer the following features:
Security – This would include gated access, cameras, key codes, on-site managers, and plenty of lighting.
Space – You have space allotted for storing large vehicles like RVs or boats.
Wide array of Unit Sizes – Multiple options and prices in renting space.
Climate Control – The convenience of keeping your storage in a temperature controlled setting.

Advantages Traditional Storage Units

  • The wide variety of unit sizes.
  • Typically climate controlled, which is perfect for antiques and other delicate personal items.
  • Universal access, based on daily hours.
  • Well-suited for long-term storage.
  • Facility is secured.

Disadvantages of Traditional Storage Units

  • Back-and-forth trips to the storage facility, which is time consuming and, can be a hardship.
  • Limited flexibility for loading stuff into the unit.
  • There are no delivery options for moving.

Mobile Storage Units from Larsen Transfer

When you choose mobile or portable storage, your storage unit comes to you. Typically, you will be packing your personal belongings into a large, weatherproof, metal box. You enjoy the convenience of having the mobile storage unit delivered to your home – in the driveway or the street, and you can load the mobile storage container at your leisure. There is no doubt that portable storage pods or containers are a flexible, short-term storage solution. After your container is full, the storage company will take the container wherever you need it to go.

Advantages of Storage Hero Mobile Storage Containers

  • Ideal for short-term storage.
  • More affordable than hiring a moving company.
  • You can load the mobile storage pod or container at your own pace.
  • You do not have to contend with ramps.
  • Versatile and private.

Disadvantages of Mobile Storage

  • Usually not as climate-controlled as traditional storage.
  • Could encounter obstacles with respect to portable storage pod or container staying at one location for a long period of time, depending on local regulations or city ordinances.
  • Could be subject to delivery fees based on time or distance.
  • Challenging to get to personal belongings if you opt to have the storage company store a filled container on their property.

Look to Larsen Transfer for Your Traditional Storage & Mobile Storage Needs

When it comes to portable storage, Larsen Transfer is your mobile storage hero. At Larsen Transfer, we deliver mobile storage containers right to your curbside. Our onsite storage containers offer immediate and flexible solutions for a wide array of needs. They are placed curbside, or on the sidewalk for ultimate access and convenience. For traditional storage, Larsen Transfer provides mini storage units that give you flexible access – open 6 AM to 9 PM, seven days a week, all year long. We provide month-to-month contracts, complete access, fully insulated units, in addition to 24-hour security cameras, and nightly security patrol.

Let Larsen Transfer Take Care of All Your Moving and Storage Needs

Are you about to move? Perhaps you don’t know where to turn when it comes to a company that can get you from your old home to your new residence, and in a timely, safe, and efficient manner. Larsen Transfer is a premier family-owned moving business in the Tri-Cities, WA. Whether you are moving locally, within the states of Washington or Oregon, across the country, or even internationally, we can help you get there! As we are also an agent for United, we have the capability to take care of all your moving and logistical needs. Trust Larsen Transfer – the industry leader – to make your next move happen seamlessly!


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