Shipping containers are highly versatile, and can be used for convenient, secure, and affordable personal storage. Follow these tips to effectively use a shipping container as a simple and accessible way to store your belongings.

  1. Purchase or Rent from a Reliable Source

There are a large variety of storage containers on the market, each different slightly in age, brand, size, use history, and other factors. As a first-time buyer, it can be hard to know which option is right for you, and what price is actually providing a good value. AAA Mobile Storage specializes in sales and rentals of high-quality storage containers and our team of professionals can help you understand your options to make an informed choice.

  1. Determine the Appropriate Size

Storage containers come in several sizes, and the length of your storage container will affect how many items you can fit inside it. At AAA Mobile Storage, we carry shipping containers that are 10-feet, 20-feet, 40-feet, and 45-feet in length. Make sure to choose a storage container that fits your storage needs, and calculate price per cubic foot in order to understand the overall value of a potential purchase.

  1. Decide Where to Store Your Container

You’ll also need to have a plan for where to put your shipping container after you purchase or rent it. Storing it on your own property is free and convenient, but you’ll have to make sure you have a space large enough. It’s often a good idea to build a proper foundation for your container to sit on so it doesn’t deteriorate where it comes in contact with the dirt underneath.

Depending on where you live, you may need to look into permitting requirements. If you don’t want to have the container on your own property, local storage facilities may have space for you to keep your unit at their location.

  1. Make Any Necessary Modifications

Depending on what you’re storing, you may want to make some modifications to your storage container so it better fits your specific needs. You can do this yourself or hire a team to perform the work for you. At AAA Mobile Storage, we have a professional modifications team that can do things like adding ventilation or HVAC systems, doors or windows, shelving, lighting, or other features.

  1. Ensure It’s Safe and Secure

Keep your belongings safe by ensuring your storage container is secured from theft and damage. If you’re keeping your storage container at a facility, you likely benefit from security measures like on-site managers, video surveillance, and barbed wire fences. If you store on your property, it’s wise to add a padlock or lockbox. Fortunately, shipping containers are made of durable steel, so are naturally highly secure.

  1. Utilize Space Strategically

Maximize your storage container by filling as much empty space as possible. Do things like stacking boxes on top of each other, taking the legs off of large furniture, and adding shelving to make it a functional space. Try to keep your belongings organized, and consider creating a log of where important items are so you can easily access them when you need them.

  1. Maintain Your Storage Container

Once your shipping container is being used for storage, you’ll want to keep it well-maintained. Visit the container regularly to make sure you’re aware of any issues that could occur, and when you visit, get in the habit of bringing some sprays, cloths, or wipes so you can stay on top of light cleaning within the space.

Storage Containers in Southern Utah

If you’re looking to purchase or rent a shipping container for storage, moving, or another use, AAA Mobile Storage is your one-stop shop in southern Utah for shipping container sales, rentals, modifications, and other professional services. Contact us today to learn more.

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