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Benefits of Portable Storage Containers

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Many people think portable storage containers are only for businesses to hold extra inventory or stockroom supplies. However, repurposed shipping containers offer much more than that. For those relocating, a container rental helps avoid the time crunch of getting everything moved before you have to return a moving van. Homeowners involved in a renovation project often worry about the safety and security of their possessions during construction. Renting a storage container helps avoid damage to furniture, fixtures, family keepsakes and other essential items. Whether moving, doing a home renovation, or even considering starting your own business, portable storage containers can help save you time and money while reducing stress and frustration.

SMS storage containers have secure locking mechanisms.
A portable storage container from Southwest Mobile Storage keeps your precious items safe during a move, renovation or remodel project.

6 Advantages of Portable Storage Containers

Renting a portable storage container has its advantages over other storage or moving solutions. In this post, we examine six benefits of portable storage containers.

1. Storage Containers Are Ideal For Moving

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we understand the frustration involved with moving. A few years ago, an study revealed that moving was more stressful than getting a divorce or having kids. For many movers, misplaced items or being unable to find things is even more stressful, and some people admit to never being fully moved in as they have yet to unpack boxes.

Portable storage container rentals are ideal for relocating, regardless if you’re moving from an apartment, a house, or even an office building. A container rental eliminates the need for rushed packing, especially after work or while school is in session. When you rent a portable storage container, the container is delivered to your property, and you keep it for as long as you need. Because it’s on your property, you can pack items at your leisure. When you’ve finished loading it, call us and we will pick it up and deliver it to your new residence or office.

But what if your new place isn’t ready yet? Let us know and we’ll be happy to store your container rental until it is.

2. They Help Projects Go Smoothly

Moving, renovating or remodeling a home can be equally as stressful. The average cost of a remodel can be between $19,800 and $73,200, depending on the size of the house and the work being done. Many of these can take months or years to complete, creating a lack of space, restricted areas, and noisy backgrounds. Trying to figure out where to store your belongings during this time can be a hassle, especially if you’re doing more than one room or area of your home.

You can use portable storage containers to store belongings and keep them out of the way while work is being done. As with moving, you can easily and quickly find items you need without going from home to an off-site facility because the container is on your property.

3. Storage Containers Are Eco-Friendly

Climate change, sustainability, plastic and other waste are just a few things that contribute to harmful effects on the planet. Approximately 8-10 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year, while 5.25 trillion particles of plastic are floating in the sea. One of the ways to help prevent and reverse environmental issues is recycling materials that would otherwise break down into waste that would further create ecological matters.

This is what makes portable storage containers so impressive. When renting a portable storage container, you use a repurposed or recycled shipping container. This helps to reduce the overall footprint caused by their being melted down into scrap. This also helps to reduce the number of materials used in buildings, such as lumber and steel, which have been challenging to find due to a supply chain shortage.

4. Containers Are Cost-Effective

The main reason portable storage containers have increased in popularity is their low cost. When compared with the costs associated with moving, portable shipping containers are incredibly affordable to rent. This saves a portion of your moving costs and allows you the time to pack efficiently and without stress so that your move goes as planned.

Even moving a few blocks or across town can be pricey. For example, the average price of a local move from one side of town to the other is about $1,400 for a two to three-bedroom home. This includes the rental fees for a professional mover. However, even when you’re moving without a moving company, you still have to rent a moving truck and plan a day when you and several of your friends can help move. (Hopefully you can pay those friends in gratitude and food to keep costs low.)

Portable storage containers can also be used as a temporary workspace.
Portable storage containers can be modified with windows, doors, electrical outlets, heating and air conditioning, and more.

5. Storage Containers Are Secure

Property theft is the most common crime in the U.S., with the average amount rounding to about $2,000 worth of stolen items. Property crime includes burglary, larceny (theft), motor vehicle theft and arson.

When securing your portable storage container rental with Southwest Mobile Storage , there are several ways to ensure your items are safe. Using our slide bolt locking systems, in addition to lockboxes, helps to prevent the theft of items. Also, as you move items into your storage container, keep an inventory list. This helps to give you an idea of items you plan to save, donate or give away, and it keeps track of what you currently have.

6. You Can Modify a Portable Storage Container

At SMS, we can customize any portable storage container to meet your needs. If you can imagine it, we can build it. Our portable ISO steel containers can be fabricated to include:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Electrical outlets
  • HVAC systems
  • Ventilation

Portable mobile office containers from Southwest Mobile Storage give you an office environment and a storage area for any additional tools or equipment. Our mobile offices can include add-ons  like desktops or filing cabinets so you can continue working without any limitations.


Portable storage containers can be more than what they seem. They can be great for movers and remodelers, but also low-cost and eco-friendly so that you can get an easy and quick way to store your items while also keeping sustainable in the effort to reduce waste. For work-at-home employees, they give the perfect office environment to be productive without the hassle of a commute, the cost of gas money or having to take public transportation.

Contact us today to see how a portable storage container can help make your next project go easy.

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