Understanding Portable Storage

Understanding Portable Storage

Portable storage is a moving method that is growing in popularity, and for good reason. The portable storage option can make it easier to get your home ready for the market. We have provided some information regarding portable storage and moving for your consideration.

Choosing Your Moving Container | Portable storage containers allow you to fill the container with your possessions, then have the container moved to your new home. In the interim, the container can be stored at a third party location until you are ready to move in. This type of service allows for more time to pack. It also can be a benefit for home sellers because it can be used to free up space in your home for showings. 

Choose A Company | These companies have outstanding reputations in the moving and storage container industry. Check to see which are available in your location - PODS, 1-800-Pack-Rat, U-Haul, U-Pack, and Smartbox. Policies and procedures vary from company to company, be prepared to ask questions before you sign a contract. 

Understand Packing Considerations | You need to pack your items very carefully so they do not move around during transport to their new location. Your possessions may be at more risk of damage at a storage facility. 


Container Construction | Portable storage units are constructed out of many varying types of materials. Some may not be 100% waterproof. The longer your items are outside of your home, the more susceptible they are to damage from climate extremes. If your items will be in the containers for an extended period of time, it may be best to secure an indoor storage facility. Make sure you are home when the container is delivered so you can inspect it and make sure it is positioned where you want it. Metal containers often have rust that can damage your items inside. Check for holes, and check that the doors work properly including hinges and locks.  

Size Matters | Depending on which company you use, you will have to make a decision on the container’s size. If you are unsure what size to select, a customer service representative should be able to advise you on the correct size for your needs. 

Community Rules | You may not be able to use portable storage if you live in a community with a Homeowners Association that prevents it. Even if portables are allowed, you may need to get a permit or there may be time limitations. Check your HOA rules before scheduling the container. 

Property Damage | Portable storage containers often need more space than you would expect. Placing the container on a grassy area may cause damage to your grass and your home’s buyers may hold up closing after discovering a damaged lawn during their final walk-through.

Confirm Pricing | Make sure that you get a full quote. Do not rely on costs shown in advertisements. The container businesses charge for delivery, collection, and storage of the unit separately. There may be other additional fees as well. Get a full breakdown of the costs before ordering the container. You are responsible for any damage to the container while on your property, so you will need to purchase additional insurance from the container company or check your homeowners policy. Two important factors in costs are time of year and location. 

Making Payments | Remember that your possessions can be sold off if you fail to make payments, just like with traditional storage units. 

By researching and laying out your moving strategy, you can avoid problems and stress along the way. If you would like to be connected to a professional REALTOR®, contact us today.

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