Whether you intend to purchase or rent a portable storage container, this is a pretty large investment. As such, you want to be sure that you are spending your money on the right one.
To do so, there are some factors that you have to consider first before you agree with a company to rent out or purchase one of their containers. To help you make that decision, here are the top 8 things that you have to look into when choosing between the storage containers available.
Most storage containers have branded locking systems that can help ensure the security of the items you store in your container.Most containers also include security features that protect your items, not only from possible theft, but also from other factors that may damage your valuables, such as fire and storms. Make sure that you check for these security features before purchasing or renting a portable storage container.
Portable storage containers commonly come in three sizes—10-foot, 20-foot, and 40-foot containers—to give you options on what size is more suitable for the type of items you plan to store in them.
The metal portable storage containers that you choose should be rust-resistant. It’s almost always a given that these containers are already rust-resistant, but it’s best to be sure and ask with the company before investing in one, especially if you intend to use the container for some time or if the weather conditions are unpredictable in the area where they will be stored.
If you intend to use the portable storage containers as mobile class rooms or offices, you should choose customizable containers. Not all companies allow for their containers to be customized, so if you plan to convert a container to a room or office, make sure you inquire with the company first if this is possible.
People often pay little attention to the doors of portable storage containers when making a decision on what container to invest in. There are some containers that prove to be hard to use because the doors aren’t too easy to open. It’s important to choose a container with some sort of special fitting or patented technology that allows you to open the door easily, especially if you know you’ll be coming in and out of it often.
Before you invest in a portable storage container, you should already have planned on where to store it so that this won’t be a problem once the container is delivered to you. If there is no space for the container in your home or workplace, most companies will allow you to keep them in their storage areas.
If you plan to rent a container and not purchase it, make sure that you are provided with a copy of the rental agreement and that you read through it before signing anything. Don’t hesitate to clarify anything that seems confusing for you, and make sure that the agreement allows you to return the container immediately after use so you won’t be charged for over-booking.
Before you rent a portable storage container, check its overall condition. Make sure that you document any fault that you see—dents, rust spots, faulty features, or damages—because you might be held responsible for them. See to it that these faults are written onto the agreement so you won’t be charged for them afterwards.
Use this as a checklist the next time you visit a storage container company so that you can be sure that the container you choose is the one most suited for your needs.