Before you decide to rent or purchase something for storage, there are quite a few things you have to think about. This is true whether you opt for a portable storage container, a stagnant storage unit or job site trailers. Safety and security, discretion and privacy, size, features and price are just a few of the considerations you need to make.
Some Things to Consider
First of all, you have to think about how quick the service is that you are choosing, and how reliable and professional it is. Luckily, the majority of trailer and storage providers rank very highly on that, and they have special features in place to make sure you get exactly what you need. They can add features such as security and climate control if you so need. With job site trailers, they could also include things such as electricity and plumbing and they may be able to drop it off on site for you.
Price is important as well, of course. Generally speaking, the prices of these types of facilities are very fair and competitive, which goes a long way towards explaining why the industry has grown so much. Additionally, you tend to find that, the longer you rent your unit, the cheaper it becomes on a day to day basis. Do also look into the payment arrangements that are offered. If you are a business, you may need to be able to pay through corporate accounts, which includes invoicing and specific payment terms.
Safety and security are vital as well. With jobsite trailers, you need to be sure that the unit can be locked when no staff is available and that it is virtually impenetrable. If the trailer is stored away from site, for instance with the provider, you have to make sure that their grounds are secure as well. Different security arrangements exist, from simple CCTV to 24/7 on site security staff. Only you can determine just how much security you need. Do remember that the more security you need, the more you will end up paying as well.
Finally, you need to think about space. Trailers and storage units come in various sizes, ranging from very small to absolutely massive. Transportability may be an issue for you to consider, particularly with jobsite trailers. If you intend to move them yourself every once in a while, you may need a special license to do so if they get to big. While you may live by the idea that bigger is better, this is not necessarily the case. It is always best to go for something that is as big as you actually need it to be, and not oversized simply for the sake of it. Plus, bigger usually means more expensive as well. At the same time, you shouldn’t pick something that is too small, because you will end up having to waste time moving everything over again to a larger unit. Your provider should be able to help you determine what size you need.