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The Convenience of On-Site Storage

When it comes to storage solutions, there are a few options available. In addition to traditional self-storage units, there are also on-site storage units. They can be convenient for many uses like downsizing, decluttering, remodeling, and moving.

The Benefits of On-site Storage

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If you are moving yourself, on-site storage units can be a great alternative to a moving truck. These units are large, weatherproof, metal boxes. They are easy to load since they offer ground-level access. This means you can easily walk in and out of the unit without having to use ramps or lifts. 

Another great benefit of an on-site storage unit is that you can have them delivered whenever it fits your schedule and load them at your own pace. This is perfect for someone who doesn’t have a tight moving timeframe. These units allow you to take your time moving without having to rush. Unlike traditional storage units where you have to travel to and from them, they don’t require any travel. They can be shipped to wherever they are needed.

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On-site Storage Sizes

On-site storage units are typically 8 feet high and wide. They are available in 12 feet and 16 feet long options. Units that are 12 feet can fit 500-1000 square feet of items while 16 feet units can fit up to 1200 square feet. It is important to make sure you have adequate space to place these storage units on your property. Ask the on-site storage company about the space required to get the container/s on and off your property.

Things to Consider

Make Sure items Are Properly Secured

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Since on-site storage units are just dropped off outside your home, you are responsible for loading them. You’ll need to make sure your items are properly secured inside the unit. This will ensure your belongings won’t get damaged in transit.

Not All Units Are Climate-controlled

Your unit might not be climate-controlled. You may not want to transport certain items in the on-site storage unit if it is not climate-controlled. If your unit is going to be sitting on your street or driveway for a while, beware of storing items that are sensitive to extreme temperatures. In addition, not all units are waterproof. Make sure the unit you choose has no openings that will allow water to get inside.

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Not All Units Are Container Friendly

It is also important to note that not all communities are container friendly. Some communities charge permit fees if you violate their rules. The fees can range from $10 to hundreds of dollars. Sometimes street parking is prohibited all together, but containers can be placed on lawns and in driveways. However, containers placed on your lawn will kill the grass and can damage your landscaping if the unit is kept there for a long period of time.

Choosing the Right On-site Storage Company

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When choosing on-site storage units, make sure to select a high-quality container from a reputable company. Although Megan’s Moving does not offer storage, we know the value of quality, on-site storage. Our official recommendation is UNITS containers.

Look for containers that have barn doors, which swing open, instead of roll-up doors. This will give you a bit of extra space when packing your container. Whatever company you end up choosing, ask about insurance options and locks for security — just in case!

Hire A White Glove Moving Company

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Although on-site storage can allow you to have a less stressful move, nothing is easier than hiring a top white glove moving company, like Megan’s Moving. We can handle the entire moving process for you. You won’t have to worry about things lifting a thing or properly securing items in your storage unit. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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