New Professions That Could Benefit From Job-Site Storage

New Professions That Could Benefit From Job-Site StorageWe’ve covered the topic of professions that can benefit from job-site storage on this blog before. While the fact remains that electricians, HVAC technicians, contractors, remodelers and similar professions can benefit from this type of storage, recent events have made all of us rethink how we do our jobs. Is there a better way to perform your duties and give customers peace of mind?

All types of companies are going to adjust their business practices for the time being. Here are some professions that may not have needed job-site storage in the past, but now could be able to benefit from it.

Healthcare Professionals

There are several reasons why healthcare facilities can benefit from job-site storage. For one, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the limited space some of these facilities have. If you’re able to store hospital equipment, supplies or furniture in a portable storage container, it frees up room for more patients and hospital beds. Second, they may open the door for at-home healthcare services if you can bring supplies and equipment with you. Finally, it’s possible you can work with a portable storage company to convert a container into a temporary isolation room or portable testing facility. 

Stadium Managers

Things may not go back to normal any time soon, but sports and other recreational activities are making a comeback. As such, stadiums, arenas and other sporting venues need to adapt their safety procedures to ensure the health of staff and visitors. A job-site storage container can keep extra disinfectant or antibacterial supplies on hand at all times, or serve as a temporary room where you can administer on-site tests for fevers and other symptoms. Or, these containers can temporarily store items or furniture that would normally be in the stadium so that people can better practice social distancing. 

Public Officials

Similar to stadium managers, public officials can make use of job-site storage if there are any events at a public venue or convention center. Events like graduations, fairs and parades are coming back at some point, so it’s ideal to be prepared for them. Job-site storage containers can hold face masks ready for distribution, free hand sanitizer and more. We’re all going to have to start thinking outside the box as we move forward.

These are just a few new professions that can benefit from job-site storage. If you think you could potentially benefit from a storage container, contact us today for a free quote.

5 Virtual Remodeling Apps That Can Help Business Owners

5 Virtual Remodeling Apps That Can Help Business OwnersWho says remodeling is just for homeowners? With today’s technology, you can use many of the same tools that residents use to streamline your business and improve its efficiency. You can also use commercial storage containers to temporarily store business equipment, furniture and files while you complete your commercial remodel.

Whether you’re restructuring because of COVID-19 or you’re simply in need of an aesthetic update, there are several virtual remodeling apps that can help business owners like yourself. The best part? They’re all free. Here are five of our favorites:

  1. Sweet Home 3D

Think of this as a blueprint builder more than a home builder. With this app, you can create a blueprint of the rooms in your business and optimize the layout according to your needs. You can download the app on your computer or use it directly in the browser. With Sweet Home 3D, you simply draw the space, arrange furniture and other items and view the results in 3D. There are lots of tips and tricks articles, video tutorials and developer guys to help you get started. 

  1. Planner 5D

If you’re looking for something a little more extensive, Planner 5D might be the best tool for you. Designed to turn amateur interior designer ideas into professional-quality results, this robust virtual remodeling app has HD visualizations, thousands of items you can place and edit, an easy interface and an active community. You can even share your results with employees.

  1. SmartDraw

Maybe you’re adding on to your office or you’re renting an adjacent space? Or, perhaps you’re building a new building in another location and want to provide your ideas on the floor plan. SmartDraw lets you quickly create office floor plans and share or export them. A simple drag-and-drop interface makes this more ideal than some of the other options on this list.

  1. Trimble

Designed to make project management and remodels easier, Trimble is a free handyman and remodeling app that “minimizes paperwork, automates processes, and helps you manage your (remodeling project) more effectively.” If you have a large remodel to complete and are handling multiple contractors, this can make your life easier.

  1. EasyMeasure

Measuring can be one of the most inconvenient aspects of remodeling. You have to find your tape measure, get someone to help you with measurements and manually input all the data to figure out what will (hopefully) fit in a certain space. EasyMeasure uses augmented reality and your phone camera to make this easier than ever. Simply aim your camera and it will show you different distances.

While you’re remodeling, be sure to rent a commercial storage container from SAM (Store & Move). Contact us today for a free quote.

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Rent Storage Containers in Frisco

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Rent Storage Containers in FriscoDon’t look now, but Frisco is experiencing another  population boom. It’s no secret that the city is one of the most popular suburbs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, but did you realize that Frisco has grown faster than any other large city in the United States the past decade (according to the U.S. Census Bureau)? That’s a long time to be growing.

As the fastest-growing city in the nation, you need to act now if you want to secure extra storage for your belongings. In fact, now might be the perfect time to rent storage containers in Frisco. Let’s discuss why this is the case.

A Closer Look at Frisco’s Growth

“With a growth rate of 71.1% over 10 years, Frisco outpaced every other U.S. city with more than 50,000 residents,” according to The Dallas Morning News. Frisco has been recognized as the fastest-growing city in America for multiple years and has been No. 1 for job growth as well. This isn’t uncommon for a Texas city, as six made the Top 15 in the U.S. Census Bureau’s study over the past 10 years. Other Texas cities that made the Top 15 include New Braunfels, McKinney, Cedar Park, Conroe and Round Rock. But no other city with more than 50,000 residents has grown faster than Frisco.

Rent Storage Containers While You Can

How does this population growth in Frisco relate to storage containers? It’s all about demand. There are only so many storage containers available and as the population increases, so does the number of people potentially needing to rent storage containers in Frisco. Storage containers are helpful during moves and people are moving in and out of Frisco quickly (though more are doing the former, as this article is all about). If you have household items in your garage, extra room, attic, storage shed or another area, now might be the only chance you get to rent a storage container in Frisco.

Frisco Storage Container Features

Storage containers in Frisco have several uses related to moving and storage. They can temporarily store items while you remodel your home, they can store extra items you don’t have room for in your home and they can even help with seasonal storage. If you rent a Frisco storage container from SAM (Store & Move), you’ll enjoy containers with the following features:

  • Weather-resistant, rugged steel framing
  • Fiberglass-reinforced walls to reduce scratches
  • Enough space in each container to fit the contents of a 1,500 sq. ft. home
  • Included tie-down rings for extra security
  • No ramps required
  • Heavy-duty security latch

Now is the perfect time to rent storage containers in Frisco. Contact us today to request a quote!

What to Do With Your Belongings When You’re Displaced

What to Do With Your Belongings When You're DisplacedDisplacement happens for a variety of reasons. It can occur when there are layoffs, you’ve been fired from your job or there are furloughs. It can also happen if you’re a student and you’re forced to drop out of college because of grades, financial issues or the entire university closing. As COVID-19 has shown us, the reasons for being without a job or home can be varied.

One issue in common with all of these displacement situations that you have to deal with? Your belongings. What do you do with your home or office items when you’re forced to think about relocating or finding a new job? Let’s take a look at a few of your short-term storage options.

Friend or Family Residences

You might think your only option during displacement is to ask a friend or family member for a favor. Perhaps they have an attic, storage shed, garage or extra room where you can store your belongings. But this isn’t ideal and it should be a very temporary solution. You’re taking up valuable space your friend or family member could use and there’s likely no timetable on when they’ll get it back. While cost efficient, there are other cons to this choice as well, like limited access to items, space limitations and possibly an inconvenient location.

Storage Facility

Another option is to keep your items at a secure storage facility. A climate-controlled facility is ideal, as there’s less risk of items being damaged by the heat. You also want to ensure the facility is secure so your belongings aren’t at risk for theft. Some factors to consider for this choice are the fact there are often term limits or minimums, a deposit and the fact many facilities will keep your items only at one location. SAM (Store & Move) prides itself on offering top-notch residential moving containers that can be securely stored in a facility for as long as you need.

Portable Storage Container

A third idea for your belongings when you’re displaced is a portable storage container. These can be kept on site wherever you’re staying (as long as it’s in a level, legal location) and delivered to your new home once you find it. You can also load it on site at your former office or university as well. One of the great benefits of a portable storage container is flexibility, which is needed during times of uncertainty. Store them where you want, access them when you want and use them on your timetable.

If you’re displaced, consider renting a container from SAM (Store & Move) to store your belongings. Contact us today to request a quote.

Why Self-Storage with Home Pick Up Is Ideal for Home Improvement Projects

Why Self-Storage with Home Pick Up Is Ideal for Home Improvement ProjectsIf you’ve spent any time watching the HGTV channel (or something similar), you’ve likely experienced a sudden urge to fix or remodel something in your home. (This is especially true if you’ve seen the hit show Fixer Upper.) The only question is, when you attempt a home improvement project, what do you do with all of the items getting in the way?

This is where self-storage solutions like portable storage containers step in.

After all, self-storage isn’t just for items that won’t fit in your home. They have several other uses as well. One of those is during home improvement projects. Let’s discuss why this is the case and take a look at a real-life example of someone who used a SAM portable storage container for a home improvement project.

Why Self-Storage Containers Are Great for Home Improvement

To realize the benefits of portable storage containers, you have to think about their purpose: to temporarily store belongings from your home or business. “Temporary” is a subjective term, though—this could be for as little as a few days or up to several months. (The need often arises to use the portable storage containers, stored remotely, for years.) 

Still, portable storage containers are particularly great for home improvement projects because they can be delivered to your location, packed during the home improvement project and unpacked once you’re done. You can keep the container on-site while the project is going on, or you can have it delivered to a storage facility with other containers. Either way, the items that would get in the way of your project will be out of sight and out of mind.

Real-Life Storage Container Home Improvement Example

Finally, there are real-life examples out there of people using self-storage solutions like storage containers to help with home improvement projects. Here’s one that Amanda Lorenzen shared on Google:

“They had, by far, the best pricing. And the customer service was excellent. Simple to schedule the drop off of the container at our old residence. They worked with us to get the container in our driveway,  off of our alley, when another company from our previous move told us they couldn’t maneuver it to be where we wanted it. 

Another easy call to get the container moved to our new home. And then they worked with us as we adjusted how long it would take to empty the container and have it removed. 

Steve was great to work with. All paperwork is signed and dealt with online. I would gladly recommend them to anyone in the DFW area.”

If you’re interested in self storage with home pick up for your next home improvement project, give us a call today at (972) GET-A-SAM.

Outdoor Storage Containers in McKinney: Pros and Cons

Outdoor Storage Containers in McKinney - Pros and ConsMcKinney, Texas, is known for its historic downtown area, famous residents and fantastic quality of life—it was rated #1 by Money Magazine as “Best Place to Live” in America in 2014, after all. But another attribute it’s becoming known for is new citizens. Already the second-largest city in Collin County, McKinney is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country.

As such, more-and-more people in McKinney are in need of moving and storage solutions. Today, we’ll take a look at outdoor storage containers in McKinney. What are the advantages and disadvantages (if any) of renting an outdoor storage container in McKinney? Let’s find out.

Advantages of Renting an Outdoor Storage Container in McKinney

Outdoor storage containers have several advantages over other storage options that McKinney residents have. Let’s take a look at some of their pros:

  • Location flexibility: Regardless of where you live in McKinney, you can have an outdoor storage container delivered to your location.
  • Timeline flexibility: Once your container is delivered, you can load it up on your timeline. With low monthly rates, there is no rush to get it done.
  • Redelivery flexibility: You can also have the container delivered to a new location (or storage facility) once you’re done. 

Drawbacks of Renting an Outdoor Storage Container in McKinney

Of course, outdoor storage containers might not be the best solution for everyone in McKinney. While there aren’t many cons, there are certain situations where they might not work. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

  • Location: If there isn’t an appropriate spot near your location to temporarily store the outdoor storage container, you might need to look into other options.
  • Price: If you aren’t able to afford other storage options for your belongings, outdoor storage containers might not be in your budget, either.
  • Loading: Those who can’t DIY when it comes to packing or unpacking might find better solutions than outdoor storage solutions.

Choosing the Right McKinney Outdoor Storage Company

If an outdoor storage container is in your budget, there really aren’t many cons to renting one for your next move or project needing storage. As you compare options, you may soon realize that renting an outdoor storage container makes the most sense for your budget outside of an all-in DIY solution that will cost you much more time and headaches. 

At SAM (Store & Move), we’d love to show you why we’re the best outdoor storage company in McKinney. Feel free to visit our site to request a quote, compare container companies and make the best decision for your situation.

Or, if you’re already interested in renting an outdoor storage container in McKinney, give us a call today at (972) GET-A-SAM.

Storage Container Delivery: 5 Reviews That Show It Really Works

Storage Container Delivery_ 5 Reviews That Show It Really WorksHaving storage containers delivered to the location of your choice sounds ideal, but does it truly work in real life? There’s only one way to find out: to hear stories from people who have actually experienced it. Let’s take a look at five SAM reviews from real customers to see what their experience was like and show you that storage container delivery really works.

  1. Aurelia T.

Aurelia had several concerns, from cost to convenience and belongings. SAM (Store & Move) was able to address them. Here was Aurelia’s experience:

“Sam Store & Move saved me a lot money. I call one day the day the container was sitting on my yard.  No worries of getting folks to help you move your things into a storage place. I put my whole house in Sams container while my house was being renovated. No holes everything stayed in good condition. Sam has the best price in town. Try Sam Store & Move. I would will use Sam again.  I would recommend Sam Store & Move to friends and family.”

  1. Lee Ann W.

Lee Ann shows how storage container delivery can help with situations beyond moving, as her family recently renovated the house. Here is her story:

“We used Sam Store & Move to contain things during a household renovation. The pod was clean and we appreciated the reflective tapes on the pod since it was temporarily curbside for four days on either end of the housework. This took care of what the city wanted on my ‘permit.’ They stored my belongings at their site for the duration. They were polite and timely. They made 4 trips and the pod arrived and disappeared during the timed window every time.  You can provide your own lock or purchase one they recommend. I would definitely use them again.”

  1. Lyndsie D. 

Lyndsie valued customer service with her storage container delivery experience. Here is her story:

“HIGHLY recommended. Wonderful experience from start to finish! We had a very stressful move, and using the S.A.M. containers really saved our sanity.   Customer service was top notch (Steve, you rock!), pricing was on point, and pick-up/delivery service was always prompt and exactly as promised. I will absolutely use them again and would encourage anyone who needs container/storage services to give these folks a try. Well worth it!”

  1. Shelly H.

What about complex, big moves with lots of logistics? Shelly had one of these to tackle. Here is her experience, in her own words:

“Had a generational family move ahead of me. I needed time to sort and pack over several weeks. I checked the national container companies then I saw a Get-a-Sam container in the community we were moving to. I called the 800 # and Steve Pickering was so nice. He answered all of my questions, I felt no pressure and the price was WAY less than the other guys. I mostly communicated with him by email after our first conversation which was so easy for me. They showed up on time every time,  they knew what they were doing when unloading and loading the huge container in and out of my driveway. It was the easiest process of a very stressful move and I am so grateful! Will I use them again? Absolutely!”

  1. Sienna

Punctuality and website user experience were the highlights for Sienna, whose story you can read here:

“I couldn’t have had a better experience with SAM Store and Move. The website was very easy to use. Someone picks up the phone right away as soon as you call them every time. Quotes were given to me right away (which was better than any other quote I received from other places). The container was brought to us exactly when we needed it. They were able to work with our specific situation and he really did go over and beyond to help us out.  I will definitely use SAM in the future and recommend them!”

Read other reviews of our company here. If you’re interested in storage container delivery, give us a call at (972) GET-A-SAM today.

‘How Much Do PODS® Cost?’ and Other Common Storage Questions

How Much Do PODS® Cost and Other Common Storage QuestionsQuestions. We all have them. Where did life begin? What happens when we die? Where did that second sock go? While we don’t have answers for these particular queries, we do know a thing or two about answering storage questions. 

From how much storage containers at different companies cost to how much you can store in a storage container, here are answers to the most common storage questions that people have.

What is the process like for portable storage containers?

The process for renting portable storage containers is easier than you might think. Simply give the storage container company a call, choose the location for your storage container delivery, load it at your convenience, call the container company again for delivery to a new location and unpack on your timeline. It’s that simple!

Will the container fit all my belongings?

Container size varies depending on the company, but you should be able to expect to fit the belongings of a 1-2 bedroom apartment inside the container. Some companies, like SAM (Store & Move) have a storage calculator feature where you can estimate exactly how much will fit.

How do different storage container companies compare?

Want to compare SAM containers to another option, like PODS®? Check out this container comparison page to identify some general differences, from container features and delivery options to ownership details and storage calculator options.

Are containers only for residential use?

It depends on the company, but you can often use portable storage containers for commercial use as well. At SAM (Store & Move), we have containers for residential use, commercial use and even jobsite storage.

Can I get storage containers where I live?

It depends on the company’s service area. SAM (Store & Move) has a service area that spans the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Check out our service area page to learn more.

How much do PODS® cost?

Storage containers from SAM, PODS® and other companies vary in cost depending on your needs. Simply fill out the quote form on our home page or give us a call and we can quickly give you an estimate. 

If you have any storage questions or are interested in using a storage container, give us a call today at (972) GET-A-SAM.


Frisco Outdoor Storage Containers: What You Need to Know

Frisco Outdoor Storage Containers - What You Need to KnowFrisco is, perhaps unsurprisingly, increasing in popularity these days. In fact, it was the fastest-growing city in the United States in 2017. With more people becoming new residents as the days go by, it’s no surprise that the demand for moving and shipping solutions in Frisco has increased. One of these solutions may be one that you haven’t considered yet: outdoor storage containers.

Renting an outdoor storage container in Frisco is a more important option than you might think, though. Price isn’t the most important factor. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to Frisco outdoor storage containers:

Demand Is Higher Than Ever

The population of Frisco rose by more than 71,000 in a 8-year period, according to the 2010 and 2018 censuses. That means more than 70 thousand people needed a new place to live in Frisco. That’s a lot of moving trucks! The demand for moving and storage solutions in Frisco is at an all-time high and that means supply is being outweighed by demand. Instead of traditional moving trucks and storage facilities, more Frisco residents are realizing the benefits of outdoor storage containers, which can be delivered to the location of your choice, packed or unpacked on your timetable and delivered to a new location with just a phone call.

Price Isn’t Your First Priority

There isn’t just one storage container company in Dallas-Fort Worth, however. With the rising demand of outdoor storage containers in Frisco, there is a rise in container companies. While newer, bigger or inexperienced companies may try to lure new residents with the cheapest prices, there are other factors to consider. Here are some priorities to think about when choosing a Frisco outdoor storage container:

  • Durability and security of the container
  • Experience and reliability of the container company
  • Ease and convenience of the customer experience
  • Space and features in the container
  • Flexibility in where and when to store the container

Choose Your Outdoor Storage Company Wisely

As you can see, there’s more than price to consider when it comes to Frisco outdoor storage containers. At SAM (Store & Move), we’d like to show you why we’re the best in the business. We’ll provide you with a safe, sturdy 16′ by 8′ moving container designed to meet your home or business requirements. With low monthly rates, you’ll have as much time to pack or unpack as you need. After it’s filled, have it moved to your new home or office, or take advantage of our climate-controlled storage facility.

If you’re interested in an outdoor storage container in Frisco, TX, give us a call at (972) GET-A-SAM today.

3 (More) Professions That Can Benefit from Jobsite Storage

3 (More) Professions That Can Benefit from Jobsite StorageLast year, we covered why professions like general contractors, plumbers and roofers can benefit from jobsite storage. But those aren’t the only professions that can benefit from it. Home designers, realtors and television crews are a few more examples. Today, however, we’re going to take a look at three specific other professions that can benefit from it: electricians, air conditioning (HVAC) technicians and painters.  

Read on to discover how these professions can benefit from jobsite storage.

  1. Electricians

Like contractors, plumbers and roofers, electricians are a service profession. This means that they move from location to location to provide their services, but the tools for each job will vary depending on what electrical components need to be addressed at a given location. This is why jobsite storage is handy. 

With jobsite storage, electricians can keep tools, equipment and other items on site for as long as they’re working the job. From cable termination and conduit bending tools to knockouts, pulling equipment, hydraulic tools, testing and measurement supplies, material handling and other parts or accessories, they can all be stored in a roomy jobsite storage container.

  1. HVAC Technicians

Air conditioning technicians work in an industry that is very seasonal. It can get overwhelmingly busy in the summer or winter, which is why it’s important to maintain flexibility on the field. With jobsite storage, you can ensure your valuable HVAC tools, equipment and supplies are with you and not stuck at headquarters. 

Important HVAC equipment that you might need in the field include vacuum pumps, refrigerant scales, cordless drills, screwdrivers, tin snips, shears, voltage testers, pipe wrenches, multimeters, pliers, reciprocating saw blades and much more. Keep them all close at hand with jobsite storage.

  1. Remodelers and Renovators 

Finally (for now), another profession, or category of professions, that benefit from jobsite storage are home remodelers and renovators. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another service profession that goes through more supplies. From jobsite supplies including tools, hardware, lumber, drywall, finishings, safety equipment and more remodelers and renovators need their supplies on location but out of the way and secured from the elements and potential theft. Jobsite storage makes a professional remodeler and renovator’s job easier and helps avoid frequent transportation of these valuable items to and from the job site. A jobsite container is also a great option to store the homeowner’s belongings until the end of the remodeling/renovation project.

If you’re interested in jobsite storage for your business, contact the team at 972-GET-A-SAM today for a quote today.

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