Whether you are relocating your residence or renovating a small business, temporary storage containers can offer you a lot of security and ease. They provide safe storage space for your belongings.
Storage containers come with convenient pickup and drop-off options. You can use them to store commercial, industrial, and construction equipment. Here are three mistakes to avoid when choosing a storage container for personal or business use:
Choosing the wrong size
Don’t choose a smaller container just because you’re on a tight budget. Cramming items into a small space puts them at risk of damage. A bigger storage unit may also break your belongings because of extra space for the boxes to move around.
The smart option is to talk to the sales representatives at A.B Richards. They will guide you to the right-sized storage containers depending on your luggage and furniture. We offer four sizes: 10ft, 20ft, 40ft, and 40ft Jumbo.
Not negotiating rates
Rental rates for storage containers are monthly or long-term. Often suppliers also offer a purchase option for long-term rentals. However, if you’re not sure how long you will need the container, ask your supplier for a month-to-month contract.
Also, don’t forget to ask notice period before terminating the contract. Some suppliers are flexible and will let you increase or decrease the rental agreement beyond the initial term with enough notice.
Disregarding useful features
Many suppliers offer a wide range of features and add-ons for free or an additional fee. Some of the most common features include:
Premium locking mechanism: All storage containers have a standard lock, while some suppliers offer an advanced locking mechanism for extra safety. It’s an internal locking system like a bank vault. A thief can’t find its way through an advanced lock, as you can only access it with a key. If you plan on storing expensive machinery or equipment, it might be worth investing in a good lock.
Doors: Another popular feature is the availability of different doors. Most containers have a single entry door. However, if you have to regularly access and load/unload items from both ends, a double-entry container might be a good fit.
For example, there is often a need to access fall/winter items on one side of the container and spring/summer items on the other in the retail industry. Double entry doors allow you to avoid the hassle of climbing over piles of unneeded inventory to get to the ones you need. Some containers also have an option of roll-up doors or open/shut doors.
About A.B. Richards
Our high-quality steel storage containers are ideal for various storage requirements for commercial, residential, and industrial applications. You can use our containers for keeping furniture while renovating, record holding, or equipment storage. We serve in four Northeast states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Connecticut. You can get a free quote or talk to one of our experts at 866-780-1064.