Self-Storage Unit vs. Portable Storage Container

There’s only so much storage space in your home, and sometimes you’ll need some extra room. Many people opt for self-storage, and while that may have its benefits, it might not necessarily be the best solution for your situation. Portable storage often provides much needed flexibility that you wouldn’t get with other storage solutions.


Self-storage units provide a consistent and (generally) secure place to store excess items. There are many options to choose from depending on your storage needs, but they have one thing in common—they are all restricted to a single location.

This means you will need to haul your belongings there yourself. If you don’t need to access your storage unit very frequently, then this can work for you, but it can quickly become inconvenient if you’re constantly driving there and back. Even if you’re not accessing the unit frequently, it may still require multiple trips to get everything into storage in the first place.

When transporting larger items, this inconvenience multiplies. The costs of transporting furniture and other sizeable belongings can add up quickly.

Portable Storage

Unlike self-storage, portable storage containers don’t require you to constantly travel back and forth to fill up the unit. Instead, the container is delivered straight to your door. There, you can fill it up at your own convenience, whether you need to store items there long-term or simply need a place for your furniture during a remodel.

For long-term storage, the container is picked up and transported to a secure storage facility, saving you the costs of transporting everything yourself. The container can also be transported to a location of your choosing, which makes it great for moving as well.

Convenience and Flexibility

If your priorities are primarily flexibility and convenience, then portable storage such as SAM Store and Move containers are ideal. All you need to do is give us a call and we’ll deliver your container to your location. Fill it at your own convenience, then call us again to haul it to our secure storage facility. If you need to access your container, simply notify us and we’ll have it ready for you when you arrive. It’s quick, easy, and flexible, so give us a call today for your SAM unit.

Rent or Buy a Storage Container

When considering their needs for onsite storage and looking at rental rates, some people start to look at buying a container. It can be difficult to decide which option to go with since there are several factors to take into account. Here, we’ll go over the perks of buying vs. those of renting portable storage.

Perks of Buying

If you buy a storage container, you’ll have it any time you need it with no rental charges. It’s a permanent asset that you own, and that does have its uses. It’s particularly useful if you know you’ll be using it frequently for a long time to come and if your uses require the freedom to do with it as you will.

In addition, it’s possible to get these containers customized, though that does come at an extra cost. Even so, it can be adapted to your specific applications, such as if you need a little extra space or if there are certain structural qualities it needs to withstand heavy usage.

Perks of Renting

With renting, you won’t own the container, but it still has numerous benefits. The main one is price—if you only need the container for a few weeks, then renting will be far less expensive than buying.

Another benefit is the fact that you don’t need to worry about storing the container when it’s not in use. When you buy, you have to figure out what to do with it when it’s not needed on site. If you’re short on space, you might face the ironic situation of paying for storage space for your container. Naturally, this doesn’t happen with a rented container.

One final perk is the fact that you don’t need to worry about transporting your container yourself if you rent it. If you need it taken to a temporary storage offsite or moved to a new location, the company will typically move it for you.

The Bottom Line and Cost-Effectiveness

In the end, it’s all about cost-effectiveness. Since owning a container could set you back several thousand dollars, purchasing one is only efficient if you know you’ll be using it consistently (as in every day) for several years.

In most cases, it will be least expensive to rent a container. For the cost-effective storage solution you need, call SAM Store and Move today.

Temporary Storage for Construction Contractors

Temporary Storage for Construction Contractors

Every construction project involves careful planning with multiple logistical challenges that need to be met. Among these is how to store materials and equipment during the course of the project. Construction contractors can benefit highly from temporary storage solutions, particularly those provided through portable containers.

A portable container, such as our SAM Store & Move containers, can be used in various ways on a construction site. We’ll go over a few of those uses here.

Secure Equipment Storage

Temporary storage containers are built to be tough, making them excellent for outdoor construction projects. As you consider where to store tools and equipment, this can be an excellent and secure method. You can keep everything locked up on site in weatherproof containers as long as you need them.

Special Building Materials

Portable temporary storage can also be a great way to store special building materials, particularly those that have been special ordered. Usually, you’ll place your order to your provider who will fulfill it and store it at their own location until you need it, often at a cost to you. There is often no way of knowing how secure their warehouse facilities are, so it’s usually in your best interest to store these materials yourself.

Onsite storage is a great way to handle these materials since you can have them delivered right away rather than paying for them to be kept at an unsecure location.

Flexible Onsite Access

The main perk to using this type of temporary storage is its flexibility. The container is delivered to your location, and you can keep it there for the duration of your project. While it’s there, so is all the equipment and materials you’re using to store it, meaning you don’t have to spend time waiting for the delivery of special materials or traveling to offsite storage warehouses. By the same token, equipment isn’t left out in the open on site either.

The process of using these containers is simple, and they are sturdy and secure enough for use on construction sites. To get your temporary storage container delivered to your location, call SAM Store & Move today.