News and trends about dumpster rentals, POD-like storage containers, and construction waste recycling around Appleton, Green Bay, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
If you need temporary storage for your personal items, your first thought might be to rent out a storage unit. While public storage units typically offer a large amount of storage space, getting into one may be trickier than you think. There can be long waiting lists to get into one, and a 3-month minimum contract (with a security deposit) is often the norm. And, if you’re lucky enough to find one, you still have to figure out a way to transport all your items to and from the unit.
PODS and other portable self-storage systems take the worry out of transporting your items by bringing the storage unit to you. Companies deliver the POD to your location, and you have the option to leave it there, have them move it to a local storage facility, or have them haul it to a long-distance destination. However, these self-storage systems are usually made of plastic and wood so may not be your most secure choice. And, you’re limited to how much each POD can fit, because they come in three standard lengths: 7 feet, 12 feet, and 16 feet.
A portable storage container, (or shipping container/cargo ship container) is typically made of steel, and can handle very large, heavy loads. The majority of them come from overseas into shipping ports. They make their way to major metro areas, and then are recycled into the storage industry. Portable storage containers primarily come in two lengths: 20 feet and 40 feet.
Portable storage containers are great for construction/remodeling projects. The containers can remain on jobsites to hold homeowners' personal belongings OR to store tools and materials for the construction crew. They are also great if you’ve experienced fire or water damage and want your belongings to remain onsite while your property is rebuilt. Retail stores could use them for a highly secure place for seasonal inventory… Really the possibilities are limitless!
The costs associated with portable storage containers are fairly comparable to other forms of storage, although they offer so much more… They have more space, are more convenient, and are more secure. Portable storage container fees typically include a delivery/pick-up charge and a monthly charge (1 month minimum). Occasionally, some rental companies will prorate your last month, so be sure to ask upfront about any deals like that. And, as with all rentals, be sure to ask if there are any additional taxes or surcharges associated with the portable storage container rental before entering a contract.