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The Decision to Rent a Container

The Decision to Rent a Container                                         


After more than 30 years of selling and renting containers I have one simple observation.  People don’t rent or purchase containers because they want a container, it’s because they want storage or a means of moving what can be loaded into a container from an origin to a destination.  I have never met a container collector!  So choosing the right container for you is more about choosing the right storage solution for you and that very well could be a container.


For the first step let’s explore the different storage options currently in the market place.  The table below shows 4 types of storage and describes what market each services:


Storage Options: Features Key Value
Mini Storage

Facility where tenants store their belongings

Secure, stationary, known service, access  Security
Mobile Self Storage

Mobile units that can be loaded,

moved & stored.

Convenient, flexible, variety of service options Flexibility
Portable Storage

Portable units that are used at the customer’s site.

Easy access, sturdy, economical, Economical
Moving & Storage

Box or trailer that is used to more and stored and returned to another location.

Good way to move long distance, low cost and minimal content handling Efficient


Understanding these choices helps you decide which service is best for you.  Remember discovering the most economical option includes all associated costs not just the storage rental expense.  For example, if you have to hire someone with a truck to deliver your belongings to a mini storage that’s an additional cost that should be included when weighing mini storage as an option.  


Let’s consider several storage need scenarios:


Grandma is moving in:  A family decision is made, Grandma cannot live alone any longer.  Her belonging need to go into storage.   


House is for sale:  Often when a house goes up for sale the realtor asks that a large portion of the seller’s belongings go into storage, so the house can be staged.  


Overstocked: A local retailer has overstocked items and no warehouse space available.


Church has a Christmas pageant and needs off season storage:  They have no storage inside the church.


A contractor needs onsite storage: A contractor needs secure job site storage during construction.


Remodel requirement: A motel, business or home that is being remodeled and furniture/fixtures/belongings need to be out of the way so the remodel can be done.


In all these cases the conversation is the same: The customer calls us and we ask if they have room on their property for a storage container.  If they say yes then we offer them Portable Storage.  If they say no, then we ask if they have a way to deliver their belongings to our mini storage.  If they say yes, we offer them that service. If they say no, we offer them Mobile Self Storage.  Finally, if the caller is moving out of the area we direct them to a service that provides moving and storage.


If after all this discussion and consideration it’s clear you need to rent a storage container the next question is what size.  This comes down to 2 questions, the first is how much storage do you need? The second question is what size container will fit on your property.  Container Solutions offers storage containers for 8x10ft all the way to 8x40ft.  The 8×20 is the most common size and well packed can hold a lot of stuff.   Additionally,

for some customers 2 smaller boxes work better than 1 large box especially if you will need to retrieve items out of the storage box on occasion.  


Size Exterior Internal Door Openings Cubic
  L W H L W H W L Ft
10ft 10′ 8′ 8’6″ 9’3″ 7’8″ 7’10” 7’8″ 7’5″ 637
15ft 15′ 8′ 8’6″ 14’3″ 7’8″ 7’10” 7’8″ 7’5″ 956
20ft. 20′ 8′ 8’6″ 19’3″ 7’8″ 7’10” 7’8″ 7’5″ 1274
24ft 24′ 8′ 8’6″ 23’3″ 7’8″ 7’10” 7’8″ 7’5″ 1529
40ft. 40′ 8′ 8’6″ 39’5″ 7’8″ 7’10” 7’8″ 7’5″ 2548
40ft. HC 40’ 8′ 9’6″ 39’5″ 7’8″ 8’10” 7’8″ 8’5″ 2728


Provide it is packed well it’s not unusual to fit a 2 bedroom apartment’s furniture in a 20ft container.  These units are weather and rodent tight, provided the doors are completely closed.   Condensation inside the box is also not an issue if the box is closed, the contents are not loaded with moisture already and the box is not sitting in or on damp or wet ground.


Talk through your use with us and we’ll work to make sure you get the right size box when and where you want it.


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