For many years, the self-storage industry has offered a practical storage solution for the individual user and an economical alternative to expensive office space for corporate clients. But the nature of the business is that customers come and go due to seasonal and other considerations, causing operators to continually look for ways to reduce their vacancies.
Taking the self-storage concept one step further, the up-and-coming segment of the industry is mobile storage – storage that comes to the customer. Many users believe mobile storage offers the ultimate in convenience, an increasingly popular attribute in today’s fast-paced world. But as those who have entered the mobile storage business know, and those contemplating such a move will find out if they do their homework, breaking into the industry is not as simple as it might sound.
Words by Barry Morris at I.S.S. Magazine
However, although this method of self-storage removes a lot of the hassle of getting your items to the site and unpacking them it brings some disadvantages too. Not all mobile storage companies will allow frequent access whenever you choose and you may have to make an appointment to get at your stuff. Before you take this option, it’s worth checking on the rules of access. In some cases, you may even have to pay a labour fee to access your goods if it will involve the facility pulling your mobile storage container out of storage so that you can get at it.