What is a storage container?
A storage container is a shipping container that is used to securely store objects. You can purchase or rent storage containers of various dimensions, depending on the size and quantity of objects you need to house. They are weatherproof and watertight, making them essential for outdoor storage. They are frequently used in the following industries:
- Energy and power plants
However, storage containers are also commonly used for personal projects or storage needs. They usually include advanced locking mechanisms and have either roll- or swing-style doors.
Storage containers are used across industries to protect inventory from the following:
- Weather events
- Environmental conditions
Storage containers provide a convenient solution for people who need to access items regularly. Rather than having to load and reload objects and travel to and from a stationary locker, you can place your unit on your property. You can then retrieve tools and stored items whenever you need them. Businesses use storage containers for the secure, lockable space they provide.
1. Industrial/construction storage
Most construction sites and warehouses require tools. These tools are often cumbersome and difficult to transport. Using a storage container to store and protect tools can ultimately save a lot of time and money. Stolen or broken tools can cost thousands of dollars. A construction company completing a short-term project, for example, might benefit more from renting a unit. Purchasing a unit may make more sense for a long-term project.
Storage containers are often used to create mobile offices on worksites as well. This can save business time that would otherwise be spent traveling to and from a secondary location. Often, project managers need to be on-site while simultaneously being able to work in an office-like space. Construction offices can be adjusted to include barred windows for security and provide workspaces. Storage containers can also be used as breakrooms, which can be especially convenient during the hotter summer months and may even be required.
2. On-site equipment
Storage containers can be used to store cumbersome equipment. It’s often difficult to find a way to protect especially large objects. These pieces of equipment can be susceptible to various forms of damage. Investing in a storage container rental or purchase can save you a lot of money by protecting your valuables. They afford business owners peace of mind by ensuring durable, airtight storage for even the bulkiest equipment.
3. Additional commercial or home storage
Commercial businesses often experience seasonal inventory overload or just need some extra space. A storage container can be placed in an accessible location and provide secure protection. Commercial companies use storage containers to create neater, safer, more accessible workspaces. Some common uses for commercial storage containers include:
- Lay-away goods
- Raw materials
- Documents and records
- Seasonal inventory
- Yard and building maintenance equipment
- Extra inventory
- Ready to ship goods
- Office furniture or equipment
Similarly, homeowners often find themselves with too little storage space. Purchasing a storage container to keep on your property is a great way to free up some space. A storage container can be used to store things that you don’t need to have inside the home, including:
- Gardening equipment
- Tools and renovation materials
- Seasonal decorations
- Vehicles and mechanical equipment
4. Home renovations/moving
Renting a storage container can make the stressful process of moving or renovating more manageable. These tasks are already expensive and time-consuming. During a renovation, having the tools you need readily available can help you complete your project faster. Having to drive to and from a storage unit and tow the things you need back-and-forth can cause unnecessary expense and work. Storage containers also provide a space for expensive materials like flooring, paint, appliances, and cabinets, et cetera.
A storage container can also make the process of moving easier. It can be packed up over a period of time suitable for your pace. You can then transport and return it when it’s not needed anymore. It can be cheaper, more convenient, and less stressful. Consider the following when deciding whether to use a storage container for your move:
- Amount of stored materials
- Apartment vs. house
- Storage time needed
Using a storage container for a local move means you won’t have to pay too much in terms of mileage. A portable storage container also allows for more time to pack and unpack. If you live in an apartment or are moving into one, a storage container may not be your best option, as you’ll need an outdoor location for it.
5. Special events
Reliable storage space is a valuable asset for any special event, such as:
- Automobile races
- Sporting events
- Local fairs
- Summer camps
Oftentimes, these events require a lot of inventory. Being able to access the inventory you need on-site during an event can save a lot of time for workers. Storage containers are also often used to create temporary conference rooms, ticket booths, security offices and concert equipment spaces.
If you are in need of reliable storage solutions, contact Storage On-Site today. We have decades of experience providing quality storage containers at affordable prices to the Indianapolis community.