Self Storage vs Portable Storage

Posted on 13 December 2022 | 3 minute read

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Self Storage vs Portable Storage

This is a commonly asked question that we are more than happy to answer.

Self Storage

Generic self storage has been around since time immemorial, and sorry to say but it is already completely outdated and there are now much more efficient and cheaper ways of storing your prized possessions.

Self storage is basically just a space with a roller door to shut it close. It is not a Portable unit which means you have to double handle everything, and the storage costs are usually up to 50% more expensive than Portable storage.

One of the many issues with self storage facilities is that they are not always located on the ground floor. Hence, you will have to either move your goods in via a lift or you may even have to carry them upstairs, which doubles the amount of time and effort needed to unload and load your belongings.

In addition to the hassle of double handling everything, all self storage companies don’t provide felt furniture blankets and furniture ties downs to protect your goods. We at 1800 WE STORE IT take pride in being the lone exception as we provide everything absolutely free of charge.

Portable Storage

Over the past few years, Portable storage companies have grown dramatically due to the convenience and remarkably low storage rates they offer. We at 1800 WE STORE IT take our services a notch higher by providing the following benefits:

  • Your goods are only loaded and unloaded ONCE, saving you precious time and money.
  • We bring the storage unit to you, then transport it back to our facility once packing is complete.
  • You can load and unload the storage unit yourself or have our experienced removalists do all the hard work for you.
  • Packing quilts and furniture tie-downs provided FREE OF CHARGE.
  • Custom-made steel storage containers equipped with padlock protectors and tie rails.
  • 100% secure storage with alarm systems and 24/7 CCTV monitoring.
  • We provide every storage option and every storage solution under one roof.

A word of caution before hiring a Portable storage company: know for sure if they employ their own professional removalists or if they simply subcontract the workout, which means they will not take any responsibility if something was to get damaged. It’s a no-win situation for you so try to shy away from such shady companies.

We at 1800 WE STORE IT highly recommend engaging the services of an accredited removals company with its own team of highly experienced and trained staff. On our part, we can guarantee that none of your goods will get damaged because we wrap each furniture item in custom-made felt furniture blankets. On top of that, we use furniture tie-downs to ensure everything is well-protected and securely tied into place so nothing moves during transit.

Another thing to look out for when hiring a Portable storage company is the type of storage unit they are providing as it could be nothing more than a cheap wooden crate that is not secure, not waterproof, and easily accessible to vermin/insects. This is in stark contrast to what we have to offer as we only use custom-built steel shipping containers that are fully secure, 100% waterproof, vermin/insect-proof, and come complete with tie rails, padlock protectors, and lockboxes.

I hope you found this post helpful. If you have any questions or if you wish to enquire about our services, please feel free to contact us at 1800 937 867 or email us at [email protected] Our friendly staff are more than happy to assist you with any and all of your requirements.

Terry Davison