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The Pros and Cons of Portable Storage Companies


If you have a sizable collection of furniture and belongings, then you've probably already been faced with the dreaded thought of having to move all those things. Portable storage companies combine the notion of storage units and moving services into one simple concept. Maybe you're doing a major renovation and have to store furniture while contractors tear up your floor. Or you've inherited furniture you want to save but can't immediately use. In these cases, are portable storage units really worth it?

We've worked out the pros and cons for you.

Looking at the Pros

No need to take multiple trips. Obviously, a portable storage unit takes out the middleman — or, really, we should say the middle step. No traveling from home to storage unit and back again. You can just park your storage unit outside your home and move things out to it as you go. Not only are you saving time but you're also saving a ton of gas money — money you could put toward all your other moving expenses or renovation expenses. It's completely hassle-free.

Special features. You'll have to do a little shopping around to see the different special features that each portable storage unit company offers. However, some companies, such as PODS, have unique features such as a "level loading system so your items won't tilt." In other words, this portable storage unit is a lot more stable than your U-Haul. This way, your belongings are much less likely to break if they have to travel.

Liability coverage. Sure, your brother will probably help you move for next to nothing, but will he be as careful with your belongings as a trained professional would be? Working with a portable storage unit company ensures that professionals handle all your items with the utmost care. If anything gets broken while being transported to your new home, the company will cover the cost. (See the fine print of the contract for details.)

Considering the Cons

Doubly convenient, doubly expensive. If you're storing your belongings for a long time and/or moving them across state lines, then using a portable storage unit is probably the best way to go. But if you only need to store your things for a few days or even just for less than a month, then maybe things won't even out, financially speaking.

Portable storage unit companies charge for the space you use, the manpower to move your things and the travel miles and time. The whole process can come out to a pretty hefty charge.

Strangers are moving your things. Yes, working with a portable storage company guarantees liability coverage, but you can't be reimbursed if your late grandmother's antique mirror is broken in transit. That item is priceless, and only you can understand its true value. Even trained professionals make mistakes. Some things you may want to handle yourself.

Arrival time can vary. When you move your belongings yourself, you know exactly when they'll get to your new home: at the exact same moment you do. If you work with a portable storage unit company, your belongings could get to your home a little later. Or worse — early.

Selling your home doesn't have to be as stressful as moving. For help, reach out to us.

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