What to Consider about Portable Storage Container Placement On Your Property

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What to Consider about Portable Storage Container Placement On Your Property

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If you know you’ll need a portable storage container for a task, whether it’s shipping, moving, or long-term storage, there are some factors you need to consider before you make the call for delivery. Where exactly can the shipping container fit? Is the ground nearby relatively flat and firm? How close can it get to your belongings? How large of items need to be stored, and how difficult will it be to get them into the container? Ordering a portable shipping container is easy enough, but you need to make sure you have some simple questions answered before you call and have one dropped off at the nearest location. Below, Porta-Stor will look at some of the things you need to consider for container placement before you call and order one.

Physical Distance from Container Facility

When you’re looking at renting a storage container for your location, you first need to look at how far away it will be delivered. Depending on the company you choose, there may be a delivery fee to get the shipping container to your home. In that case, you’ll want to try and find a location that’s close to your desired location. This will save you some on the delivery cost, and the company will know your location better if they have their business set in the same general area.

Where will the Shipping Container be Placed?

This is the most important question you need to ask yourself before you order a shipping container for your location. Some states have rules about where an extra structure can be set up, as well as the size allowed.

You need to know what size container you want and make sure you have enough room for not only the storage container, but for the loading space around it as well. There needs to be enough clearance that you can get into the container with all of your belongings. There also needs to be enough space for the container to be dropped of to begin with!

Finally, you need to make sure the space you choose is relatively flat and sturdy, to hold the weight of the container and its contents. Don’t worry about needing a perfectly flat surface, there are ways around that problem, but let the company know ahead of time that this is the case.

Which Direction Should it Face?

This is another question you need to have the answer to when you have a shipping container delivered. The person dropping the container off on site will need to know which direction you want the door to face and how you want it positioned when it’s set down. Keep in mind that it should have easy access for you to get into it, preferably facing the direction from which the items are carried.

Will the Container Block Any Other Structure?

If you’re using this shipping container for storage while you do a remodel of a building, there will likely be trash bins on site as well. Keep this in mind when you place the container, and make sure to leave plenty of space for the trash bins to be accessed for throwing things away as well as being emptied. Where applicable, make sure that the trash trucks can get to the bin easily, and that your storage container is not blocking that access. Similarly, try not to block any mailboxes or other important spots.

How Does Payment Work?

When you go to rent your storage container, you need to know how long you will need it and make sure the company you are renting from can accommodate your time range. Most places charge a rental fee by the month, but some can charge quarterly or yearly. Just make sure that this is a question you ask before you rent and have it delivered, and make sure you agree upon a payment plan and cost that works for you and your business.

Based on the purpose of your container rental, there may be some other questions you need to ask yourself or the company you’re going to use. Hopefully these questions can help you start the process of renting and placing the storage container you need on your location without hassle. If you want more info on shipping containers, check out Porta-Stor’s blog on how blockchain technology could help speed up the industry!

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Need Extra Storage Space Between Leases?

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Need Extra Storage Space Between Leases?

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When you start the process of moving from one apartment or home to another, there’s a lot to think about and a lot to do. What if your old lease ends before your new one begins? There will be time in between when you need to figure out where to keep your belongings and know that they’re safe while you wait to get into your new place. Below, Porta-Stor will look at a few ways that a portable storage container can help you when you’re waiting in between leases.

Keep Your Belongings Safe

If you’re in between leases, it will ease your mind to know that your belongings are safe and secure in a storage unit while you wait to move into your new place. Here are few ways that you can know that your belongings are safe:

  • Secure, concealed locks on the containers keep them secure.
  • 24-hour surveillance keeps track at storage locations.
  • Gated storage areas that require a code to open limits entry.
  • On-site management provides support when necessary.
  • If you have temperature-sensitive belongings, look for temperature-controlled containers that can help keep your belongings in good condition.

Keeping your belongings in a portable storage container can ease your mind, knowing that they’re safe while you tend to other things that need to get done while planning your move.

Easily Move Items Between Locations

One of the best perks that comes with using a portable storage container for moving is the fact that it can be shipped and dropped off to each location. You can have the container brought to your current home for packing and then sent to a storage facility for safekeeping, either for long-term or short-term storage. Then when you have access to your new home, have the container sent directly there for unloading!

Access to Your Belongings

A portable storage container works even if you need access to something you’re storing during the moving process. Should you need a piece of paperwork that’s stored in the container, you can get right to it when you need it. Just make sure your unit is organized in such a way that you can get to the things you need when you need them. If you know there may be some things in the storage container you’ll need access to at odd hours, make sure the location you choose has 24-hour access, so you can get to your belongings whenever you need to.

An Affordable Option

Moving can be costly in many ways, including closing costs, deposits, moving trucks, and more. Knowing you will need storage space in between your leases just adds an extra expense you might not have expected. Renting a storage container is a very affordable option. There are many different storage options when it comes to size and pricing, and a portable storage container can double as a moving truck. Eliminating the stress of safely storing your belongings out of the way while you move is well worth the cost!

Short-Term Rental Agreements

If you just need a storage unit for a couple of months, or you’re not sure how long you will need it, Porta-Stor can offer a short-term rental agreement. This also helps eliminate the stress of worrying about paying for something for longer than you will need it.

Move Your Items Around on Your Schedule

Portable storage makes it easier for you to move your belongings into your new place when the time comes. With no deadline to get your belongings out, you have more time to move the things to your new home as you need them, or when the new location becomes available. Renting a portable storage unit while you’re moving helps keep your belongings in order, and the home you’re trying to move out of will be more organized and free of the belongings you don’t need at the moment. Look into a portable storage container to help eliminate some stress in between your leases and allow you to focus on more important tasks during this stressful process.

If you want more information on using portable storage containers to facilitate your move, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that offers tips for moving with kids who are still in school!

Tips for Moving with Kids who are Still in School

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Tips for Moving with Kids who are Still in School

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Anyone who has moved or is in the process of moving knows about all of the stress that comes with it. Going through all your belongings and packing them up, getting your address changed to the new place, and making sure everything’s ready for the new family moving in after you are just a few of the things that you, the adult, will have to deal with. As you’re doing all of these things, what are your kids going through? If they’re old enough, they can go through their own belongings and pack them up, but they will have their own set of emotions they’re going through as well. It only gets more complicated if they’re school-age kids, especially if you have to move them in the middle of the school year. Below, Porta-Stor we will go over a few things you can do to help make sure your kids get through the moving process with minimal stress and disruption.

Social and Emotional Well-Being

Whether you have an across town or across country move, you need to be aware that your child is going to have some unsettled feelings. They will be leaving behind friends, as well as the established comfort of their bedroom and hangout spaces. This comfort will have to be re-established in the new location, and that can be scary and will take time. Factor in if they are going to be starting at a new school, and you add in a whole new set of anxieties.

There are just as many what-if’s for your child during a move as there are for you, perhaps more if it’s their first move but not yours. Here are a few emotions your child be going through during a move:

  • Academic worries related to switching teachers and schools.
  • A sense of loss that they are leaving friends, beloved teachers, and a known environment.
  • A sense of insecurity or fear at the idea of having to make new friends and being accepted at a new school.
  • Overall apprehension of everything coming together. Especially for younger school-aged children, any small insecurity or worry can become very frightening.

Practical Considerations

If you know that your kid will be attending a new school in the coming school year due to your move, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that your child has as stress-free a transition as possible:

  • Talk with the new school, and see if there is any summer reading or work your child can do to be on pace with everyone else as the new year starts.
  • Speak with your child’s current teacher and see if they have any information about your child academically that would be good for the new school and teacher to know.
  • Talk with the new school and see if there’s anything your child needs to catch up on to be at the right spot with the new school’s academic criteria.
  • Make sure you provide the right resources for you child at their new school if they need them, like a tutor or reading specialist. This way, your child will not have to go through a period of even more uncertainty when the academic year starts up.

Other Factors to Consider

Your child will more than likely have a harder time with the move than you will, but they may mask their emotions and worry less visibly or lash out in seemingly unrelated ways. Make sure you’re organized enough to make the moving process go as smoothly as you can, for both your sakes. Here are a few additional tips:

  • Make sure you have plenty of your child’s favorite snacks on hand as you pack up your kitchen and pantry.
  • Leave out some of their favorite toys, so they have something they enjoy handy.
  • If they have a favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal, make sure and keep those out as well, since your child is sure to get tired and want to lay down comfortably after all the long hours of upheaval.
  • On the day of the move, you will want to consider having your child spend the day with a grandparent or friend, so that they can still enjoy the day and not feel like they are in the way of everyone else.
  • Make sure you keep a box of needed items ready at all times, and place it in your car or the front of the moving truck on moving day. This box should include medications, your child’s favorite books and toys, and any other personal items you or your child may need.
  • Your kid will most likely want to play with the many boxes and moving dollies that are lying around. Make sure you know where your child is at all times and that they stay safe around the equipment.

Making sure everything is in place and ready to go during a move is stressful and trying on the entire family. If you can, have your child be as involved in the moving process as possible, and let them help where they can. You can even make moving fun for kids by turning projects into games! Keep communication of feelings and needs open as the big day nears. By letting your child know that you’re still interested in their feelings and concerns as you deal with the move, you will help ease their fears and concerns.

How Blockchain Technology Could Speed Up the Shipping Industry

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How Blockchain Technology Could Speed Up the Shipping Industry

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With many other industries evolving their tech for everything from engineering to payment options, much of the shipping industry is still using older methods and paper billing systems. Over the course of the last couple of years, there has been an uptick in cryptocurrency, a form of blockchain technology, and this is something that the shipping industry can tap into. Using cryptocurrency is relatively new, but easy to use once you get started.

Setting up blockchain technology is something that the shipping industry is starting to mandate, and will ultimately change how our goods get from one place to another. Let’s take a closer look at what blockchain technology is and how it works:

What is Blockchain Technology?

The basic description of blockchain technology is that it’s an immutable, decentralized ledger on which businesses can record any transaction. The technology allows information to be distributed online but not copied (otherwise, cryptocurrency could be mass-produced and lose its value). When a transaction takes place, the information goes to a network that’s external to the company and verified through complex algorithms. It’s then added to a ledger in the form of a list, like a block being added to a chain of other blocks, that can’t be tampered with. Blockchain transactions can involve cryptocurrency in the process, but it’s not required.

The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for the Shipping Industry

Setting up blockchain technology for the shipping industry could have several positive effects, such as:

Quick Processing and Real-Time Updates – Instead of mailing certain documents to all involved parties, these same documents can be exchanged instantly and procedures that usually take weeks can take mere minutes. The blockchain code basically automates steps that have been done manually in the past.

Higher Accuracy – Since the documents will be automatically filled out and processed instead of done manually, it eliminates the human error in the paper process.

Increased Security – All information in the blockchain code is encrypted. Users are not able to interfere with the system and change any stored information. This protects the market from fraudulent activities and document manipulations.

Full Transparency – The documents stored in this type of system are accessible to anyone who has the access key. This gives full transparency to anyone in the market, and the counter-party risk is easier to evaluate when anyone can have access to the documents.

Cutting Costs – The costs associated with maintaining proper old-fashioned documentation are surprisingly high, especially when you take procedural delays, discrepancies, and human errors into account.

Easier Access to the Market – Everyone in the industry will have access to the technology, lowering the barriers for entry and making the market more competitive.

Challenges of Blockchain Technology

Even though there are many positives associated with blockchain technology, there are a few challenges that the shipping industry will face as it starts to utilize it. Lets take a look at some of the challenges that the industry will face during the transition:

Global Adoption – This type of technology is not yet allowed in all parts of the world. Various governments and agencies are involved in all aspects of the trading industry, so getting everyone on board with the technology will take some time. A universal adoption would need to take place to make it easier to use worldwide, especially for the shipping industry.

Special Contractual Terms – Ship chartering, along with sales and purchases of commodities that need to travel great distances and cross borders, are complex issues. Various terms would need to be adapted to the blockchain technology. It would need to be able to chart factors such as laytime, notice of readiness, and the exact time the vessel is expected to port.

Higher Flexibility – It’s common for most parties in the shipping industry to have their own set of terms that are typically negotiable. To be able to do this in blockchain technology would require it to configure the special terms and conditions at inception of the shipment. If not, both parties involved could have a higher exposure to liability.

Automation Equals Fewer Jobs – As with any industry, the more tasks we assign to automation, the fewer jobs there are to fill with actual people. This ongoing problem will have to be dealt with on a global-scale in the upcoming decades.

All things considered, this is a positive move for the shipping industry to take. While there are still many hurdles to overcome, it will bring the shipping industry into the 21st century and make documentation much easier. The accessibility to records, travel paths, and terms will make this a more competitive industry. Costs will decrease and the information will be less susceptible to human error.

If you’re interested in the shipping container industry and want to learn more, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that explains the benefits of using corrugated metal for containers!

Why We Use Corrugated Metal to Build Shipping Containers

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Why We Use Corrugated Metal to Build Shipping Containers

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Corrugated metal is used for many purposes due to its durability. From siding and roofing to agricultural and commercial buildings, it’s used when protection from the elements is important. This type of metal holds up well to any type of beating from weather or physical strikes that may come its way. That’s why you see it used in the production of shipping containers.

Shipping containers were designed to travel across the seas, getting battered by the salt water and wind. You can also frequently see them sitting outside of businesses for storage, taking the wrath of all kinds of weather. It’s no wonder that these shipping containers are made of corrugated metal.

What is Corrugated Steel?

It’s very common to see the wavy pattern of corrugated steel around you. It quickly became popular in the 1920’s due to its ability to be prefabricated and quickly used to improvise structures. It takes little instruction and skill to install this type of steel, making it an easy option for construction companies and their workers.

Most corrugated steel sheets today are made using a cold-form process. The steel is pressed flat, then run though a roll-forming machine. This creates the desired corrugations without the need for heat. The finished sheets are then cut off to the particular length necessary for the project.

What Makes the Corrugation Process So Great?

The corrugated pattern of this steel makes it even stronger than wood. The wave pattern allows it even more resistance to all kinds of impact and weight loads. Corrugated steel sheets have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of almost any other construction material. The pattern of corrugated steel also acts a water resistant type shield, making pressure roll right off of it. This makes it ideal for siding, roofs, as well as shipping containers.

Why Corrugated Steel?

 

There are several reasons why you would want to choose corrugated steel for your building needs. Below are a couple of those reasons:

  • Overall Durability – As stated above, corrugated steel is the strongest metal you can find for building purposes, and it’s resistant to most impacts and weight loads.
  • Lack of Decay – There’s no organic material found in this metal, making it more resist to mold and rust, thus adding to its durability.
  • Dent, Warp, and Buckle Resistance – This design of steel sheets is resistant to hail and other weather damage that frequently destroys other metals. Due to the wave within the panels, it’s resistant to buckling under weight, warping with weather and use, and resistant to dents from hail or anything else that may bang into it. This makes it not only ideal for shipping containers, but also for roofs or siding options.
  • Minimal Maintenance Required – Due to its durability and resistance, there’s little maintenance you will need to do to corrugated steel to help in its upkeep. You should only need to wash it off to remove dust, dirt, and other environmental grime. Doing this yearly will help reduce residue and allow the protective coating to do its job.

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Corrugated metal is easy to install, durable, and easy to maintain, making it great for not just construction on homes, but also ideal for the building of shipping containers. Whether the containers are used for business storage, shipping overseas, or modified into a small home, having your shipping container made from corrugated steel will make it last for decades to come.

If you want more info on shipping containers, advice for moving, and more, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs here!

Are Shipping Container Homes Just a Fad?

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Are Shipping Container Homes Just a Fad?

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With eco-friendliness becoming more common with every passing year, the market for repurposing shipping containers into sustainable homes is picking up pace. While these homes are on the less expensive side and helpful in reducing the overflow of used up, abandoned shipping containers, one has to wonder just how long their popularity will last.

Are shipping container homes here to stay, or will their popularity decline over the next few years? Porta-Stor will discuss some of the factors surrounding that question below.

Ordering Your Home Online

The idea of ordering a pre-fabricated home is not new. Pre-fabricated houses have been bought and used by families around the world for decades. It’s the idea of a used shipping container being turned into a home that’s only just arisen within the past few years. In fact, you can order these shipping container homes already built for you directly from Amazon.com! And if you’re a handy person, you can also order blueprints and build a shipping container home all by yourself.

So what’s making the pre-fab home idea pick up more speed? Below are a few reasons why this trend may be more than just a passing fad:

Cost Effectiveness

With the median cost of a house in the US rising to about $245,000, it’s getting tougher for people to go out and buy a home, whether it’s for starting a family or retiring. Homeownership is an increasingly expensive move, especially since lenders have tightened the reigns on loans.

Taking a look at what it costs to build or buy shipping container homes, the prospects of building a sustainable home with less overhead than a regular house quickly turns into an appealing idea. Depending on the size and condition of the shipping container, it could cost you anywhere from $1,500 to $4,500 on the initial purchase. There are also manufacturers out there who sell pre-fab shipping container homes ready to go, starting as low as $15,000.

With the adaptability and price of these shipping containers, the options are endless for all the bells and whistles you might want to add on to your home. All of this adds up to far less money overall than renovating, tearing down, or building a brand new traditional house.

Conservation is Cool

With reusing and recycling on many people’s minds, there is also a rising demand for more minimalist living. This method of living is growing in popularity by both limiting possessions and minimizing each individual’s effect on the environment. Shipping container homes require less upkeep, use less energy, and are more about function over fashion. With the cost effectiveness of shipping container homes and lesser impact on the environment, this new wave of homes seems to be here to stay for the environmentally conscious homeowner.

Mobility

Another factor that makes the shipping container home so appealing is the mobility that such a home offers. Many people find themselves on the move for work, family, or other obligations, so the ability to easily ship your home to a new location is a great perk. These are shipping containers after all, and that was their primary function. Imagine being able to lock up your home and ship it across the country to its new location with minimal alterations. What a great stress relief to not have to find that new perfect apartment or home for the next two years.

The Ability to Choose

When you start shopping for a new home, there will be certain features you look for, and it’s guaranteed that you won’t find all of those things in a single already-built home. That leaves you the option of building your own home in order to get all those custom features you want. That option gets very pricy very fast. If you choose to use a shipping container home, you can get all of the custom features you’re looking for in a house. You can easily update and change what you want in your home with less time and money than if you were to build and/or update a larger, less adaptable home.

Modular Living

Another benefit of shipping container housing is its use in larger-scale housing projects. There are examples of shipping containers being used for apartment buildings, student housing, homeless shelters, and more. These complexes are wonderful as quick, easy, and cheap housing options for areas that are struggling to fit everyone in.

Overall, the appeal of shipping container homes does not seem like it will be losing ground any time soon. The environmentally friendly recycling aspect and the ability to adapt and move the home on demand are features that people are seeking out more and more these days. If anything, it’s likely that you’ll be seeing more shipping container homes popping up as time goes on.

If you want more info on the process of building a shipping container home, from getting permits to planning the finishing touches, check out Porta-Stor’s blog here!

Spring Cleaning Tips – Will You Need Extra Storage Space This Year?

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Spring Cleaning Tips – Will You Need Extra Storage Space This Year?

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What is it about the spring months that makes people feel like we to clean and purge our houses top to bottom? Part of the reason is that in many locations, there’s a rotation of seasonal items from storage to more accessible spots. From clothing and linens to seasonal tools and sports equipment, you may have many belongings that you don’t use in the colder months but will need in the warmer ones. As the weather warms up, it’s time to put away the heavy sweaters and big blankets and pull out the short sleeves and lighter linens. Open the windows to air out your home, and feel the warm breeze flowing in. What better time of year to lighten the weight of stuff in your home and get reorganized for the busy warmer months ahead?

Spring cleaning is a daunting task, and you can easily feel overwhelmed by the process. That’s why Porta-Stor has put together a small list of spring cleaning tips to help you get started, so you can get it over with quickly and move on to more exciting spring activities!

Declutter Room by Room

There’s no need to get everything accomplished in one day. Spend a week or more on the decluttering process, making sure to completely go through one room at a time. Each day, pick a room and go through everything in it. That way you won’t be left with a whole house in disarray until the job gets done.

Make sure you have three piles ready. One for trash, one for donation, and one for items to sell. As you clear out the clutter from each room, either put the item away where it belongs or put it into one of those three piles.

At the end of the day, take the trash bag out to your garbage can, and put the items to donate into your trunk to be taken away. This way, those items are out of your home, and you are ready to move on to the next room. Complete this process for every room and closet in your home until you’ve been through your entire house. You can read more about decluttering here.

Improve Your Organization

You have decluttered every room and closet, but now you need to go back through and make sure that every thing has a good place. For instance, do you seem to have a charger from some electronic device in literally every room of your home? Start creating places in your house for certain items to go, and make sure your family knows the new system. This way, you will limit your time decluttering or looking for something the next time you clean up. Completing this task for certain items is also a good way to get rid of duplicates or things that your family no longer needs.

Going Through the Storage Areas

Now that you’ve tackled the inside of your home, it’s time to go through the garageatticbasement, and/or shed. These are the places where larger items accumulate, especially seasonal ones or those you’re unsure of what else to do with.

The first step is to sort. Weather permitting, move everything out of the garage and onto your driveway. Pull everything down from the attic. Getting your belongings out into the open will make it easier to go through them, clean, and get the job done. This is the time to throw out those deflated basketballs, broken lamps, or anything else that’s no longer able to serve its purpose. If you have gear for sports your children are no longer playing, consider selling or donating those items. Get rid of anything you don’t expect to use again.

Next, place sturdy shelving in your storage areas if you need extra space. This is an easy task that can greatly improve your space and organization. Then start putting everything you’re keeping back in its place, so you can find it when you need it.

If there are just too many larger items that you need to keep, but you want the garage space for something else (like actually getting your car in there), consider renting out a portable storage container for those larger and seasonal items. That way they are kept secure, clean, out of the way, and easy to get to when you do need them!

Deep Clean It All

Now that you‘ve cleared out and organized all the nooks and crannies of your home, it’s time to clean, clean, clean! First, you should dust everything from the baseboards to the ceiling fans. Clean your carpets and floors, remembering the spaces under the beds and shelves.

Set up a box in your garage or hall closet that you can have at the ready for anything you want to donate throughout the year. This will help cut down on clutter and allow you to always purge things your family doesn’t need any longer. As the box gets full, take it to your local charity of choice and set up another empty box .

When You Need a Storage Container

As you clear out the clutter from your home, you may find that you have more things to keep than space to store it. It’s okay – you just need to use a portable storage container to hold some of your extra belongings! From holiday decor to your snow-blower, seasonal gear is perfect material for long-term storage. Sorting seasonal and larger, rarely used items into a storage container can free up tons of space in your home. Surround yourself with the things you’ll enjoy and actually use to make the most of your living space!

There’s no fool-proof, effortless way to spring clean your home, and not all of these ideas will fit what you need to do. The best thing you can do is take it at your own pace and clear out what you no longer need. This will leave your home clean, fresh, and organized.

How to Create a Professional Portable Office at Any Job Site

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How to Create a Professional Portable Office at Any Job Site

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When you pass by any type of construction site, you’ll see mounds of dirt, gravel, and loads of work trucks sitting at every angle while the earth gets dug up and thrown around. Even the dirtiest of job sites will be clean and beautiful when everything is complete, but until that happens, messy work still needs to get done no matter what’s being built there. Any job site is sure to have visitors come by to see the progress, talk to the people in charge, exchange paperwork, and perform countless other tasks involved in any business. But how can you accomplish this in a professional way while you’re surrounded by the open air, dirt, and heavy machinery?

No matter the job site, any one of them can benefit from having a small professional space on-site. Using a shipping container for this type of space is both cost and space efficient. It allows for a professional portable office to be placed on top of the bare dirt on the job site location. Below, Porta-Stor will go over a couple of situations where it would be beneficial to place a shipping container on-site to use as a smart, convenient meeting spot.

A Separate Workspace

If you’re working on-site at a construction area, you’re going to need somewhere to complete your office work, from phone calls to paperwork. What better way to create this space for yourself and the other workers than by converting a shipping container into an office space? IT, electrical services, engineers, managers, architects, and other workers will love the ability to use this area as a clean, quiet, and professional portable office space on-site. It will keep the people, electronics, and paperwork out of the elements.

A Meeting Room

Such a portable office is also a great meeting spot for you to collaborate with key developers for a project. A modified shipping container is a great spot to hold meetings for various reasons. Setting up an on-site meeting spot like this is a great way to maximize the efficiency of the builders, because they won’t need to travel to meetings off-site. It will also allow for investors to come to the site and see the work being done first-hand.

This meeting space can be a simple setup that’s complete with a boardroom table, chairs, and wiring for lighting and communications. You can add some professional finishes like putting up drywall on the inside walls as well as some flooring. Setting this up at the start of a project can be done fairly quickly and start serving as a great meeting spot just as the job site gets going.

A Showroom for Potential Buyers

One of the best ways to use a shipping container on-site is as a showroom for any potential buyers coming by the site. For example, if you’re working on a new condo development, a showroom becomes one of the best tools for building sales. This is especially true if the job site is still in rough shape, making it hard for the buyers to envision the completed product.

Setting up an artist’s rendering of the complex, as well as having information and samples, is an important selling tool. This showroom will give the project designers a space to present some of the details and finishes that would be included in each unit and allow the buyers to see floor plans, pricing options, and other important information all in the same place. An on-site showroom also gives the potential buyer an idea of the commute to and from the area as well.

These are just a few ideas of how an on-site shipping container could be used to help set up a professional space in no time. There are many other ways to make the most of your on-site space, based on you and your business’s needs.

If you want more information on portable shipping containers, moving, and storage, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that goes over the best moving apps!

Store On-Site with Porta-Stor

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Store On-Site with Porta-Stor

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Many situations require extra storage space. Preparing for large gatherings and eventsmoving from one location to another, and making more room in your basementattic, and garage are just a few examples.

In these situations, you may have considered using a storage container but weren’t sure where you would actually be able to store the container itself. Luckily for you, Porta-Stor is here to help! For just $50/month, Porta-Stor will store your belongings on-site in their shipping containers. Not only can the container be sent directly to your door and taken away when you’re done, but it will also stay out of your hair for as long as you need! Here are some situations in which you may need to store something on-site at Porta-Stor:

A Bad Time for Moving

You’ve just bought a house and it’s time to pack up and move in to your new home. Your current home is already rented out or sold, and the time has come to get out of there. Hold on though, your closing date on your new home has been pushed back, and you still need to move out of your current place! This is a case where being able to store on-site would be a great option for you. You’ll know that your belongings are safe and secure on-site at Porta-Stor while you wait for your new home to be ready.

Your Job Moves You

Your boss calls you into his or her office and asks if you’re willing to travel out of town for a few months for a job opportunity. Sure you are, but what about your apartment and all of your belongings? If you need to be out of town for a longer period of time, but don’t want the cost of rent in two places, then storing your home furnishings on-site might be a good option for you!

Your Business is Relocating or Remodeling

If you have a business that needs to relocate to a smaller location for a while due to renovation or move, you may need to store some of your furniture, tools, or inventory until you get to your new permanent spot. Using the on-site option for storage could be a good choice for you and your business, as you move from one spot to the other.

These are just a few of the scenarios that may come up that could benefit from the option of on-site storage. It’s nice to know that Porta-Stor allows for you to use one of their storage containers at their location if you need to for a low cost of $50 a month. This is a real cost-saver when you start to look at many other storage options. If this is a solution you think you may need, give Porta-Stor a call today at 1-800-833-7744!

How Are Shipping Containers Made?

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How Are Shipping Containers Made?

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Shipping containers are built in a way that facilitates cargo transportation across the ocean in both safety of cargo and carrying capacity. These shipping containers are also helpful for the everyday person who uses them for storage for extra living or office space. The most commonly used shipping containers range from 20ft to 40ft in length, and some are refrigerated or otherwise climate controlled. Almost all shipping containers are made from steel and come with hinged doors and a closed top, as well as corrugated walls and welded rails on the bottom. This design makes for better safety for what’s stored inside from both thievery and the elements. Below, Porta-Stor will look at how these containers are actually made, and what makes this design best for everyone who uses these containers.

How Are Shipping Containers Made?

Most shipping containers are made from materials like steel, aluminum, fiber-reinforced polymer, or sometimes a combination of materials. There’s a process to the creation of each shipping container, and we’ll look at each step below:

  1. It starts with a large roll of steel, which is unrolled and cut into several sheets. This first step is done in specific factories that have the machinery to get this done.
  2. The steel sheets are then sand blasted and primed to remove any dust, dirt, or other contaminants.
  3. The sheets are then corrugated to help improve the overall strength.
  4. The roof panels and floor braces for the shipping container are separately made in a similar way.
  5. The sheets for wall panels are welded together.
  6. Square tubing is then welded to the top of the walls.
  7. Once this is complete, the floor panels are assembled to form a floor frame.
  8. The door assembly and corner posts are also separately prepared for the container.
  9. After the door and corner posts are prepared, they are then installed to the floor frame.
  10. Next is the installation of the wall panels.
  11. The corner posts, wall panels, and door assembly are welded together.
  12. Once those are welded, the roof panel is then assembled and welded.
  13. Once all the welding is complete, the shipping container is then primed and painted.
  14. The wooden frames are then varnished and prepared to go in as the bottom of the flooring.
  15. Once those wooden frames are installed into the container floor, holes are drilled to allow for the attachment of the flooring panels.
  16. After the flooring panels are in, the door hardware is finally installed, as well as rubber seals to create watertight doors.
  17. The bottom of the container is waterproofed as well.
  18. After all of this, the container is finally inspected to ensure water-tightness and for any other problems that may arise.

These shipping containers are used for more than cargo movement, and the need for them to be structurally secure and weatherproofed is just as important now as it was when they were only used for shipping cargo across the seas.

If you want to see some of the interesting ways people are using shipping containers these days, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that explores the exciting rise of shipping container street restaurants!