In the business of self-storage, storage units are rented to individuals and businesses on a short-term or long-term basis. Whenever you need extra space for keeping your belongings safe and secured, whether you are a homeowner or an entrepreneur, self-storage surely is your best option.
Today, most service providers also offer high-quality packaging supplies, locks, and boxes to help you pack and keep your items properly protected. Furthermore, some companies offer insurance to cover your stored items if you do not have your own insurance policy.
As opposed to the traditional storage option, the employees of the self-storage company won’t have casual access to your storage unit. Once your unit is locked, the key will be handed to you. And if you need to store additional items or retrieve some contents, you can easily do so anytime.
If you are considering self-storage for any reason, here are three new solutions that make the process of putting away your items for safekeeping a whole lot easier, faster, and smoother.
1. Portable or Mobile Storage PODs
Mobile storage is probably the safest yet the most affordable way to store your belongings. Your portable storage units, known as PODs, will be delivered directly to your desired location; this could be in your home, construction site, apartment, or office. This further means that you do not need to hire a moving truck or make several trips to the storage warehouse to transport your items.
Also, you can let the self-storage experts pack your things for you, which is a convenient option if you have a busy schedule. And once your storage term is finished, they can also take care of unpacking everything.
Don’t worry about looking for specific items in case you need to take them out of storage in the following days or weeks because the storage company will compile a detailed inventory of all your stored items as they load them in your PODs. Just inform them of the things you need to retrieve and they will show you where exactly to get it.
The best thing about the use of portable storage units is that there is no double handling, which translates to safer moving and storage. Once everything is loaded and the storage unit is locked, the storage POD will be stored safely in a dust-free, air-conditioned, and pest-free storage facility.
If a mobile storage POD is too spacious for the items you want to temporarily keep out of sight, MiniPODs are a great alternative. One unit has internal dimensions of 113 cm (length) x 75 cm (width) x 74 cm (height). It may seem small, but it can actually accommodate a big and small suitcase, two shoe boxes, a briefcase, small Christmas tree, gold clubs, a plastic storage box of decorations, a box of toys and books, a bag of ski gear, and a box of winter clothes.
Basically, this is your best storage option for non-essential and seasonal items, helping you to create more space in your property.
Like mobile storage PODs, MiniPODs are made of durable materials. They are also engineered to easily hold up to 500 kilograms. Moreover, the units will be freely delivered to your desired location, and the team can pack and load your items, and store the unit securely in their air-conditioned warehouse.
3. On-Site Storage
If you do not want your PODs to be stored in air-conditioned storage facilities, you have the option to store it on-site. Secure storage PODs will be delivered to your home or office and that is where they will stay for as long as you may need them. A specialized forklift will be used to securely place your POD on-site. And once you are done, you can just call the storage company and they will collect the empty PODs.
Different industries can greatly benefit from on-site storage. For construction businesses, for instance, it gives them the storage space for their tools so they don’t have to haul them back and forth between their business warehouse and the construction site. All essentials are kept close to the site to finish the project hassle-free and on time.
On-site storage PODs are durable, strong, and secure. Don’t worry about harsh weather elements because they come with heavy-duty weatherproof covers. You can leave them outdoors for as long as you want and not worry about your items being damaged.
With these three new solutions, self-storage has become more convenient, accessible, and secure. So if you need added storage space now, don’t hesitate to get the most out of using mobile storage PODs, MiniPODs or on-site storage.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000sqft of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.