Do I Need Temporary Storage?



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Do I need temporary storage?

If this question has been on your mind recently, read on!

In this article, we’ll look a few reasons why you might need temporary storage, what types of storage options you can choose from, and what to do if your temporary storage needs to turn into permanent storage.

Why Do I Need Temporary Storage?

One of the biggest reasons for temporary storage is when an individual or a business is moving from one location to another. Instead of needing to move everything in one trip, temporary storage can be used to house items — especially larger items — until a time that those items are needed.

Benefits for using temporary storage while moving include:

  • Temporary storage boxes, or Conex boxes, are ground level.
  • Conex boxes can be dropped at your location for easy non-rushed loading. You can still access your belongings until you move.
  • Temporary storage boxes can also be picked up, fully loaded, and moved to your new location.
  • Ease of unloading without needing to rush.

Another example for using storage temporarily is in the case of new inventory for a business. If there isn’t enough room within the home location, a business can use storage to hold inventory until there’s enough space to retrieve it.

Shipping containers are a perfect solution for items that have taken over your space. When moving, you can use shipping containers to store household items until you’re ready to move them in the new home.

Businesses can use shipping containers as a low-cost storage solution without the need to add an addition to their building.

Because the container is on the lot itself, businesses and individuals save money from needing to retrieve items from an off-site storage unit. And shipping containers don’t stop at just having your items stored inside.

Whether you’re hosting a business event or remodeling your business or home, you can use a portable storage container to store any materials, as well as protect them from the construction that’s going on.

What Storage Options Are There?

If you know the temporary situation that you will need storage for, the next step is to discover what size of storage container you’ll need.

There are several different sizes of shipping containers, so having a good idea of what you’ll need the temporary container for will help with choosing the size you’ll need.

  • The smallest size of shipping containers starts at 10-feet, which are 10’ x 8’ x 8.5’ in terms of dimensions and can hold about 680 cubic square feet of stuff.
  • The next size is 20-feet, which are 20’ x 8’ x 8.5’ and can hold around 1,360 cubic square feet of storage.
  • The last size of shipping containers are 40’ x 8’ x 8.5’ and can hold about 2,720 cubic square feet of stuff.

If you’re looking for something a bit smaller, there are shipping containers called high cubes. High cubes are 9.5 feet tall.

What if you need something bigger? That’s no problem! Shipping containers can be modified or customized so that you get the exact size that you need.

What if My Temporary Storage Becomes Permanent?

So, you rented a temporary storage container, but now you’ve discovered that you need to keep the container. What do you do now?

Again, it depends on the original purpose for the storage container.

If this was for a business event that started as a one-time venture, but has since turned into a yearly, monthly, or weekly event, then it’s possible to go from renting or leasing to purchasing the container for continued use.

The same goes for individual use — if you rented a container to store items while remodeling or while in the process of a move and the space happens to continue after those events have finished, as with the above, you can absolutely purchase the container to continue using it.

In this article, we looked at some reasons why you might need temporary storage, what size options should be considered, and what to do in the case that your temp storage becomes a permanent solution.

If you’d like more information on using temporary storage or suggestions on renting one of our containers, give us a call at 1–800–686–9114 to help you make the right decision for your temporary storage needs.