Four Myths About Portable Storage Units

Four Myths About Portable Storage Units

Storage seems like a stressful experience. You’re entrusting your most valuable possessions or expensive business equipment to a steel box, and it’s only natural to have some fears.

Mobile Mini has been in the storage game for almost four decades. In this time, we have figured out that there are some myths about portable storage units out there that tend to complicate the confidence people have about storage. We’re here to put an end to at least four of the most common (and scary!) myths about portable storage units.

Myth 1: Portable Storage Units Can be Broken Into

When people hear the word “portable,” they tend to imagine their valuables being placed in a lightly sealed box, exposed for all the world to see and break into. Luckily, this idea that portable storage units can be easily broken into is very false. Today, most portable storage comes with intricate locking systems that prevent anyone from entering your unit without a key. For example, at Mobile Mini, our portable storage units all come standard with our patented tri-cam locking system. These locks are so tough that you can’t drill through them, pick them, break them, or damage them in any way. With this locking system, our units are virtually theft-proof. As we like to say, “thieves hate us,” and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

Myth 2: Portable Storage Units Are Dirty

Most portable storage units – including Mobile Mini’s options – are made out of steel. When people think of steel, they think of battered shipping containers and dirty cargo units, not the pristine environment you want for your possessions. Let’s take care of this misperception right now. Yes, portable storage units are repurposed shipping containers, but repurposed is the key word there. These units are designed solely for storage and are cleaned and disinfected before being delivered to our customers. Units arrive clean and ready for use, meaning that you won’t have to worry about leaving your most valuable items on a dirty floor or soiled surface.

Myth 3: Portable Storage Units Are Not Weather-Proof and Your Belongings Will Be Damaged

False. Remember the steel construction we mentioned above? That is key here. Steel is one of the strongest metals on earth, and portable storage units weigh over 4,000 pounds. Their sturdy construction makes portable storage units weather-proof and able to withstand even the toughest storms and most extreme conditions. Your storage unit is strong and durable enough to keep moisture and weather away from your belongings and to remain intact and in place. At Mobile Mini, our units are 100% corrugated steel, adding an extra layer of protection from the elements. When you choose to store your possessions in a portable storage unit, you can rest assured that rain or shine, your items will be safe and secure all year-round.

Myth 4: Portable Storage Units Are Too Expensive and Not a Good Investment

We hear this one a lot, and it breaks our hearts, because nothing could be further from the truth. The average cost of renting a portable storage unit is around $150 per month for a standard unit. That equals about $5 a day, or the price of one fancy latte. Of course, if you have smaller storage needs and go with a small or sub-standard sized unit, this quote would be even lower. The price is really based on what you want, need, and can afford.

Regardless, portable storage units tend to cost less than storing your items in storage facilities and usually have more flexibility in terms of what you can store and fit inside of your unit. For example, with Mobile Mini’s extra-wide units, you can fit construction equipment and oversized items, storing them on your worksite or property. With storage facilities, you’re more limited in what you are allowed to store, and you usually have to travel to retrieve your items.

Mobile Mini: Storage, Service, Simplicity

At Mobile Mini, our goal is to take the stress out of storage. We have a range of affordable self-storage units, a track-record of excellent customer service and support, and a commitment to ensuring hassle-free delivery, pick-up, and relocation with every order. Our team is here 24/7 to answer your questions, play myth busters, and to help you determine the best storage unit and plan for your unique needs.

Life is complicated, storage shouldn’t be. Contact us today and see how simple storage can be.