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3 Facts to Know When Choosing a Portable Storage Box

You might have some unique storage needs that can’t be met by a regular storage space, and that’s why you’re considering purchasing a portable storage box. Usually when you think of these containers, you think of large crates that carry industrial products that are found in warehouses or shipyards, but their uses extend way beyond that. Your primary concern when purchasing one is probably the cost, and according to Forbes, you could buy a regular one outright for anywhere in between $1,500 and about $4,500, though there are always rental options that allow you to use one for much cheaper than that. But cost alone shouldn’t be your only consideration when looking at a potential storage box. There are three basic facts that could also impact your decision.

Storage Boxes Have Been Used As Homes

Storage boxes may be commonly seen when a neighbor is about to move in or move out of a house, but did you know that some people have gone so far as to turn these buildings into homes themselves? It’s true, and one of the shipping container home movement founders up in Canada, Joseph Dupuis even built a custom cabin that he says was meant to be able to move with the occupant according to the Huffington Post. But he’s not the only one that’s using such containers for his housing needs. Some companies have begun designing these units with housing needs in mind, and it only makes sense that consumers would turn to them instead of being unable to enter a housing market that’s soaring higher than ever.

Storage Boxes Have Great Sustainability

You might not only be saving yourself money by purchasing a metal storage box as an alternative to a wooden storage building, you might also be saving your local forests and ecosystems by going this route. Newer containers are constructed from metals that don’t require nearly the maintenance that other metals and wood might have to undergo during their lifetimes, and they also don’t pollute or require deforestation to take place. Yes, you do have to make sure that your storage container gets repainted and checked for any water buildup just to be sure rust doesn’t occur, but for the most part using one is a very hands-off process and you’ll get many years out of it. Even when it might be time to say goodbye to a storage container, they can usually be recycled along with other recyclable metals.

Your Neighbors Or Town Council May Have Rules On Usage Or Location For Storage Units

While storage containers usually have more pros than cons, one thing you should know is that some local governments have more restrictions on them than others, and in some cases your neighbors may complain like these people did according to a Chicago Tribune story. It’s understandable that if it’s a box sitting in a driveway or cluttering up yard space that some neighbors may not like the sight of a large box obstructing their view or just ruining the neighborhood beauty in general. The first step you should take when buying a storage is understanding where you can put it, what permits and fees you should get first and how long you’re allowed to keep it there.

Now that you understand these three facts, it’s time to compare rates and look at whether renting or buying is a better option. If you’re planning to buy one outright, it should be treated like a home regardless of its purpose because at some point you could sell it higher than what you bought it for. Renting is usually better if you plan only on using it for the short-term.