A few weeks ago we talked about the numerous uses a portable storage unit has – some common, some that perhaps you hadn’t really thought about – so this week we thought we’d focus on what to look for when you are getting the search started. Instead of just going with the cheapest, our best advice is this: Do your homework! In the end it pays to know what you are looking for – and to find it!
Don’t want the unit in your driveway or on your front lawn? We get it – make sure that the option to keep the unit at a company’s location is available. However, although sometimes storage at a facility’s site is more convenient, other times you may want your stuff easily accessible and so your driveway seems like the best bet. Make sure that the company you choose lets you determine where your storage unit is located. Also, make sure that there is no extra fee depending on location.
Is there insurance? Most times, a portable storage unit parked in your driveway is covered by your homeowners insurance, so just be sure to check with your provider first. But what if the unit isn’t on your property? Make sure you ask about the storage company’s insurance – do they have insurance? What if your unit is broken into? These are important questions to ask. And if they refuse to answer them or skirt around the inquiries, this is probably a pretty good indication that the situation is less than ideal.
What requirements/limitations are there regarding weight? If the unit is dropped off at your house to be filled by you, is there going to be some hidden cost if it goes over a certain weight? Most reputable and reliable portable storage companies have equipment that can lift a great deal, but despite this many will claim wear and tear if the unit weighs more than 8000lbs (even if the equipment can lift it no problem).
Also crucial in the search for the perfect portable storage – the unit itself! It is easy to talk about prices/hidden costs, services, etc. but forget about the fact that your stuff actually has to sit in this giant container for a significant period of time. Is this relevant? Definitely. So what should you look for? Make sure that the container is completely waterproof – leaks will damage your belongings really quickly. And not only does it need to be waterproof, it needs to be breathable – if it is warm and sunny outside, you don’t want it raining in your unit. Galvanized steel is the way to go – this material prevents mold build up and keeps humidity out.
Ultimately, the more time you spend researching, the better prepared you will be to make the most informed decision. Don’t wade blindly into shark infested waters – make sure that the portable storage company you choose can deliver exactly what you want and need!
For more about portable storage units that you can count on please contact PackEdge by calling 1-905-953-9899 or visit www.packedge.ca.