A Guide On On-Site And Off-Site Storage

When choosing a storage unit, most people and businesses are usually in a dilemma of whether to use on-site or off-site units. Below is an excerpt discussing the considerations to make when using on-site or off-site storage units.    

On-site Storage Units

On-site storage is ideal for people who need a storage unit close to their homes or businesses. Portable on-demand storage (PODS) refers to customised shipping containers used as storage facilities. They are considered convenient and hassle-free since the storage company transports them to your premises, and picks or transfers the container at your request. Consider the following when hiring a portable storage container: 

  • Portable storage containers come in various sizes. Assess your storage needs as well as the available space. Typically you should have sufficient space in your compound to place the container. Additionally, the location must be accessible to the truck that will bring the container.
  • Go for a climate-controlled unit if you intend to store antiques, documents, paintings and furniture.
  • Inspect the container before use. For instance, a leaking roof could expose your items to water damage. Additionally, the container should be pest-free.
  • Consider containers with advanced security features such as CCTV cameras and restricted access systems. 

Storage sheds are an ideal solution for people that need permanent storage space. These sheds can be built or purchased from your storage company. The advantage of storage sheds is that they can be customised to suit your needs. For example, the shed could be partitioned to serve as a home office or garage space. Storage sheds should be built from durable materials such as galvanised steel or pressure-treated wood. 

Off-site Storage Units

Off-site storage is your best bet if you do not have sufficient space to place a container or storage shed. Besides, storage units are cheaper to rent compared to containers and storage sheds. Location is a vital consideration when choosing a storage facility. Remember, you may need to access your unit at night. Some storage companies offer full-service storage. Ideally, the storage company will pick items from your premises, store them in an appropriate unit and deliver one or all the items at your request. Most storage companies will offer extra services to customers who hire storage units at their facilities. For instance, they may provide long-term parking or co-working spaces. 

You should now have an easy time choosing on-site and off-site storage solutions. As a rule, you should work with reputable storage companies. Remember to assess their pricing, terms and conditions. Contact a storage company for more information.