Shipping Container Farm: The Pros and Cons

Shipping Container Farm: The Pros and Cons

If you go into the industrial area of any major city these days, you are sure to see a few shipping container farms. They are placed anywhere from backyards to parking lots to roofs. But how exactly do they work? Let’s go over the pros and cons of shipping container farms, so you can learn a bit more about these innovative structures.

The Good

You may have seen shipping container farms online, on TV, or in newspapers. Seeing these success stories has created an interest from people who are dreaming of transforming these discarded shipping containers into something useful. How does this work when it comes to the business of growing and selling food?

The top reasons for using shipping containers as greenhouses are:

  • They are modular and easy to ship.
  • They are compact and self-contained.
  • Used shipping containers are cheap and available.
  • Prices will continue to be driven down as the competition increases.

Easy to Transport

The primary benefit of easy shipping for these farms is that it allows manufacturers to set up shop where it is least expensive and then be able to ship them directly to a farm site loaded and ready to grow. This has great potential for the farmer who needs to be able to set up his or her farm quickly and start growing without having to worry about building a greenhouse or finding warehouse space.

Shipping container farm manufacturers can easily get their products to the farmers quickly and efficiently. They can also be sent anywhere in the world and set up in areas that were previously difficult to farm in. Hopefully over time this will help fight hunger around the world.

Leaves a Compact Footprint

Another benefit of a shipping container farm is that you need minimal space to start one and no need for a dedicated building. This means that a modern farmer or company can easily drop one of these container farms behind their restaurant or even in a parking lot. Using a container farm opens up many doors for producing food closer to where it is going to be consumed. If you want to do this, you do need to keep in mind that the container needs to sit on a flat surface to function and can sometimes require a cement pad.

Readily Available

You can find a used shipping container just about anywhere, as they have been used for decades to ship goods overseas. Millions of them have been made and are sitting empty now, just waiting for industrious recyclers to snatch them up. Some types of containers are easier to retire than to fix, such as refrigeration containers. This does represent a loss to the company, so they will be eager to sell any retired containers they can. This makes many types of used containers inexpensive.

Value-Based Competition

With the cost of getting a used shipping container being so low, there are more and more companies getting into the business of boxed farms. The more companies jump on board with this, the more the price will decrease over time as it becomes easier to acquire pre-made farms. Having a lower price point means there will be more aspiring farmers launching new businesses, and this will in turn help the supply of locally grown food in many locations.

The Bad

The core problem with used shipping containers is that they were not designed to grow food. This can put growers at a disadvantage. The biggest drawbacks of container farms are:

  • Difficulty in controlling the growth environment.
  • Structural integrity.
  • Problems with light, heat, and layout.
  • People and workflow issues.

Difficulty Controlling the Environment

If it can be managed well, there are many benefits to a controlled environment. While the benefits of the controlled environment can be good, the small area can also be a curse if the farmer finds the environment impossible to control.

At any given time in an indoor farm, the lights are generating heat and water is evaporating. This means that plants are transpiring and gasses are accumulating and being exchanged. That’s great, because it means the plants are growing! However, with all the heat and humidity, the results are amplified in a denser growing environment. To make sure your controlled environment is a blessing and not a curse, you must understand environmental control, and it must be prioritized in the design of the container farm.

Integrity Issues in Repurposed Shipping Containers

There is an often-overlooked danger of a repurposed shipping container in their limited structural lifespan. These containers have been around the world a few times and have been subjected to salt water and high winds before being discarded. This means they were well worn before they were even made into the farming business.

This will limit the life of the farm. In some cases, the quality of the container is so low that some famers have had their container condemned by the city. If you do go this route of starting a shipping container farm, be sure to carefully inspect the structure and make sure it can sustain your farm.

Appropriate Balance

This goes hand in hand with the controlled environment. Light and heat have an antagonist relationship, so the need for supplying the quality and balance needed for plants to grow to their full potential is a very important one in a shipping container farm.

Plants like light but are sensitive to heat, and this is a delicate balance in a compact metal container. Because of the tight space in shipping container farms, the farmers face an interesting problem. They need high-intensity lighting to grow the plants but often do not have enough space to install enough cooling units to deal with the heat created by the lights.

Human Workflow

The environment of farms is not just designed for the plants, it also needs to be designed for people. The big issue with shipping container farms is that they are not designed for people to work in, and this can pose a real issue for the famers.

There are two reasons why you want to keep your farm labor-friendly. The first is that labor is money, and second is that there is nothing worse than working in a hot, confined space for dozens of hours each week. This can drive workers crazy and make them dread going to work.

How efficiently your workplace is set up for workers is important and sometimes overlooked. Do not neglect this as you are shopping for a shipping container farm. The most practical way to feel out the workflow of your farm is to visit several set-up shipping container farms before you buy one yourself. Talk to other farmers and see what works best for them.

Regardless of the good or the bad of the farming, people are interested in the quality of their food. If you do your due diligence and set up a successful shipping container farm, you are bound to have some success and help play a significant role in solving the supply problem of locally grown food. Not all container farms are created equally, so be sure before you make your purchase.

If you want to check out some more Porta-Stor blogs about shipping container farms, check out The Future of Shipping Container Farms and an overview of the company Farm From A Box.

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Moving Tips 

Moving Tips

You have found a new place, and now it’s time for the packing. Where do you start, and how do you get through it all without going crazy? The closets, the cabinets, and all those drawers are full of stuff that needs to get packed. Let’s go over some moving tips and tricks that might help you out.

Do You Really Need All This Stuff?

The short answer is no, you do not need to keep all of your stuff when moving. There are sure to be things you are hanging onto for sentimental reasons, things you are keeping for the DIY project you’ve wanted to work on for years now, and all those holiday decorations that you plan to use when you have more space. Every home has some clutter stored that the family doesn’t really need.

The best first step to take is to clear out this clutter. All of those things that have been shoved into closets or stored in drawers with no real chance of being used are wasting space. Now is the time to get all that out in the open and decide what to keep, toss, or donate. Go through your entire home with this in mind. It will make packing and organizing your new home so much easier if you have less clutter.

Set Up Three Piles

As you go through your things, it is best to set up separate piles. These piles should be: keep, donate, and toss.

If you have time to have a yard-sale as you get ready to move, go ahead and make a fourth pile of stuff to sell. It may be easier for you to sell online as you go. If you go this route, make sure you have the box clearly marked that is full of items to sell.

Your toss pile should be taken out of your house as soon as you have it full, so you are not tempted to go back through it and change your mind. Plus this will help clear your space, which will help clear your mind and make it easier to organize as you get ready to move.

When your donation pile is ready, the same rule applies. Make sure you get it to your charity of choice within the next day, so you do not give yourself time to change your mind.

Now with this step done, you are ready to organize and pack all the belongings you are keeping! If you want more tips on decluttering, check out Porta-Stor’s blog on that topic here.

Sort Your Things By Category

Notice that this section is not labeled “sort your things by room.” This is the first step in an organized move and an organized home. What it means is that you will sort through your things before you pack them, so it is more organized when it gets packed, and you will know where everything is located. For example, go through all of your clothes or all of your books at the same time so you know what you have and if you really need it. You might find duplicates of something or realize that you have an unnecessary amount of one type of thing.

How Will You Move?

It’s always important to research any company you plan to use online. Look up moving companies to see what option is best for you. You might end up wanting to use a storage container that you can pack yourself as you go, or you may prefer a moving truck with workers doing the heavy lifting. Just make sure you look into the options and have one ready before the time comes to actually move.

This leads to the next moving tip: make sure you set up the right moving day for you and your family. If you are hiring a moving company, make sure you hire them about a month out from your move date. If you are able to have some flexibility in the date you move, search for the least expensive option and remember that most moving companies are busiest on Saturdays. It may be to your benefit to try and schedule your moving day in the middle of the week. You can find more information on the best times of the year to move here.

Create a Moving To-Do List and Calendar

Get out that notebook and start making a list. This moving tip will help you put what you need to do first into top priority and plan when each task needs to be done. Go ahead and use your family calendar to write important things down too. That way your entire family knows and can help you get things done. This takes the stress off of you and allows for your family to do their part and get involved in the move.

Packing Tips

Now that you are organized and have gone through all the clutter, it is time to start really packing up your belongings. Here are a few moving tips that will help you make it easier:

Kitchen:

When you pack your plates, you can stack them vertically, like records, and they will be less likely to break. You can find more information on backing breakables here.

When you pack your casserole dishes and other breakables, you can use your clothes or towels to pack around them like bubble wrap. This does two things at once – you get your dishes packed, plus some of your clothes as well!

Use your socks to pack your drink ware. Again, you are packing your dishes and some of your clothes at the same time.

Electronics:

Before you unplug and take apart your TV or any other electronics in your home, make sure you take a quick picture of how everything is hooked up, so it is easier to put together at your new home.

Closets:

In your clothes closets, leave the clothes hanging, and pull a large trash bag around sections of them. Make sure you then secure the trash bag around the hangers. This way you can keep all clothes on the hangers and move them from one closet to the new closet a lot easier.

Drawers:

As you go through all the drawers in your home, from the kitchen to the bedroom, keep Ziploc bags handy for the little things. You can keep it all together and move it while still in the drawer without worrying about losing something tiny.

Simply place plastic wrap over the top of the clothes in your drawers and press it down. This holds your clothes in place and keeps them sealed for the move.

Use any and all baskets and suitcases you have around your home. These are great ‘boxes’ for packing things in, and it gives you fewer boxes to move, since you are taking these baskets and suitcases with you anyway. Use them!

With just these few basic moving tips, you can make your packing and moving process much easier and more organized. Take it all one day at a time, and try to enjoy the process. Moving into a fresh new home can be exciting!

Rent Hospital Storage Containers in Carpinteria

Rent Hospital Storage Containers in Carpinteria

Porta-Stor cargo containers and roll off containers are perfect for providing hospitals and medical facilities with affordable extra storage. These containers are airtight, watertight, and highly secure, which makes them ideal for hospital storage.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications implemented by hospitals may include:

  • Medical records
  • Paper documents
  • Patient charts
  • Uniforms
  • Medical supplies
  • Janitorial supplies

Hospitals, Medical Care Clinics, and many similar establishments utilize our steel containers for compact onsite storage.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around.  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option to Rent Hospital Storage Containers in Ventura.

Portable Storage in Carpinteria

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Jewelry Storage

Whether or not a piece of jewelry is expensive, it can be a great source of pride and joy for its owner. Many families pass down jewelry through the generations, forming a value that’s impossible to replace. Necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, and other pieces are a form of art. Creativity, uniqueness, and love go into each piece. Another aspect of jewelry is that it can be fragile, tarnish, or otherwise get damaged, especially if improperly stored. Here are some tips on how to store your jewelry, either for moving or for putting into long-term storage.

Cleanliness

It’s important to clean your jewelry before putting it away, especially for long-term storage. Dust, oils from our skin, and other grime can wear away at some materials or cause stains. It will also be more difficult to clean off later if you let it sit around dirty. What you use to clean each piece depends on the materials it’s made from, but most jewelry can be cleaned with a clean, soft cloth or towel. Hard gems like diamond are difficult to damage while cleaning, but be especially careful with soft, organic materials like pearl or amber.

Separation

Jewelry boxes exist for good reason. Keeping pieces separate from each other is important for jewelry storage. If you throw all of your pieces into one large container, they may get tangled, scratched, chipped, or otherwise damaged. Some of the materials they’re made of can rub off on each other, causing discoloration. You don’t need a fancy, expensive box to keep your jewelry safe. Check out a home supply store for plastic containers with drawers and use something like cloth or tissue paper to keep each piece from sliding around. Your jewelry will last much longer if it’s properly separated from other pieces.

Climate Control

As with many belongings, jewelry does best in cool, dry environments. Water wreaks havoc on some materials. Make sure you store everything in an area that won’t get too humid or is prone to leaks or flooding. Most jewelry keeps best at room temperature. Extreme heat is especially dangerous for some materials. Even if the metals and gems survive the temperature, it might warp the pieces. Parts can fall out, especially if glue was used to help hold them into position. It’s also best to keep your jewelry away from direct sunlight. Overexposure to the sun will cause the pieces to fade over time.

Long-Term Storage

Renting a storage unit is a great way to keep valuables out of the way, safe, and in great condition over long periods of time. If you don’t need constant access to some of your jewelry, consider putting it into your portable storage unit. When packing, make sure each piece is clean, dry, and separate. Porta-Stor’s units are safe and secure and will protect your jewelry from heat, cold, water, and moisture. Our containers have locks that are hidden into the side of the container for added security.

Keep your valuables safe and in the best condition possible with proper jewelry storage. Make sure each piece is clean, cool, dry, and separated from other pieces before you put them into storage. Whether you’re moving to a new home or just need to get some valuables out of the way and into a secure location, storage units are a great place for jewelry storage.

Moving with a Toddler

Moving is a pain, but everyone who’s had a toddler knows that they make everything even more difficult. They are past the immobile baby stage and not quite old enough to survive unsupervised for more than a few minutes. If your family move includes a little one, you’re in for quite a lot of work. But with the proper organization and preparedness, your family can move without unnecessary stress and wasted time. Here are some tips to make moving with a toddler easier.

Preparation

Proper planning is a lifesaver when moving with a toddler. Consider all of the details. When do they tend to sleep? Will they sleep in the car, on the bus, or in whatever other mode of transportation you’re using? How will they keep entertained while awake? Organizing your travel times around the toddler’s schedule can be helpful if doable. Prepare snacks and plan out meals. If you are flying on a plane, direct flights might be more expensive, but will limit the amount of time you have to shuffle the kids around at the airport.

Set Up the New Home

If possible, move some of your toddler’s belongings to the new home before you move them. Having a sleeping area set up is also great, especially after a long day of travel. If he or she arrives at a new house that already has familiar items in it, they will be much more comfortable there. This will make the process easier for them and, as a result, easier for the rest of the family.

Safety First

Also set up any baby-proofing that needs to be done at your new home before the toddler arrives. Cover the electric sockets and any sharp corners that are within kid reach. Don’t stack up boxes and belongings too high so that they can fall on a passing child. Set up gates and block doors to areas that small children shouldn’t access. Overall, make your new home just as safe as your old one before moving in the kids.

Entertainment

It’s often easy to keep a toddler occupied, since most are easily entertained. But when your family’s moving, it can be hard to keep a small kid distracted enough from the fact that they’re not home. Long trips with lots of downtime can be boring for everyone. Prepare plenty of entertainment for your little one. What works best depends on your toddler. Whether it’s music, books, or easily-portable toys. Tablets and smart phones can be a lifesaver these days, enthralling toddlers for as long as the battery lasts.

While you’re packing and unpacking, it’s important to keep the toddler out from under foot. Try to section off an area like a playpen with toys to keep them distracted.

Childcare

If the kid just keeps getting in the way and you can’t spare anyone in your family to keep an eye on them, or if you want to speed up the moving process, take advantage of childcare or a babysitter. Whether it’s a friend or a professional service, it’s very helpful to get the toddler away from the action. This lets the family focus on moving rather than child watching.

Medical Care

Small children tend to need more doctor visits than adults. Not only for checkups and vaccinations as they grow, but also for when they inevitably hurt themselves. Before you move, make sure your toddler is up-to-date on medical appointments. Notify the doc that you’re moving. If you have to change to another doctor after the move, look into new doctors beforehand. You don’t want to arrive at your new home only to have a sick toddler without a pediatrician lined up.

Toddlers are at a fun and exciting stage in life, but they sure do make things more complicated for the rest of the family. Next time you have to move with a toddler, use this guide to make the process at least a little easier on everyone involved. If you want more moving tips, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one going over how to make it easier to move with a pet.

Avoid These Storage Unit Mistakes

Storage units have many uses. You can use them to store your things while moving or for temporary or long-term storage. From furniture to seasonal gear to clothes, you can store most household items. However, there are some common storage unit mistakes that people make when packing their portable storage container. Avoid these pitfalls by knowing about the issues before they happen. By properly packing your container, your belongings will be easy to find again when you want them later. They will also stay in great condition until that time.

Being Disorganized

Whether you’re moving or putting things into storage, proper preparation is crucial to getting the job done right. Plan every step of your move. Determine the best ways to pack and store different items. Get the right packing materials. Organize which items will be stored together and which need to be separate. You can also check out Porta-Stor’s blog on organizing the unpacking process. Without proper organization, the job will take longer, be more stressful, and might even end in broken stuff.

Improper Packing Technique

When putting items into storage, you could just dump everything into boxes. However, this will leave you with wrinkled, bent, or broken belongings when you take them back out of storage. Using the right packing materials and knowing how to pack fragile items is key to a successful storage experience. Delicate items such as dishes and lamps can easily get damaged if not stored properly.

Improper packing also leaves you without the ability to find a particular item if you need it. Make sure you clearly label every box that goes into storage so you can more easily unpack later.

Not Enough Space

Nothing is more frustrating than finding out that the furniture you wanted to put into storage won’t fit. Any good portable storage company will include unit sizes on their website. If you have large furniture or other items that need to go into storage, make sure you measure it and compare to unit size. Porta-Stor offers a variety of container sizes, and all of them are very spacious. Check out our blog comparing unit size with what can fit into them. For extremely large storage projects, such as moving a business, you might need to consider using multiple containers.

Storing Food

Most belongings from your home can be easily and safely stored in portable storage. A few things, however, should not be kept in a storage container. Even if a storage company provides pest control, it’s not good to store food in your portable storage container. If food is left or forgotten in a container for a long time, it can bring in rodents, insects, mold, and will start to rot. All of these problems can affect not only the food, but also the surrounding belongings. Some other substances should also be kept away from your storage container, including flammable, combustible, toxic, or otherwise hazardous materials.

Portable storage containers are a great way to get extra stuff out of your house for long or short periods of time. They are also a great way to move your belongings from one house or office to another. Just make sure that you follow these guidelines so that your storage experience is easier and all of your belongings stay in great condition. For more moving and storage tips, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs here.

Shipping Container Schools

Resourceful and inventive architects have figured out how to use shipping containers as a building material for pretty much any kind of building. Yet another way they use them is for making shipping container schools.

About Shipping Container Buildings

Shipping containers are made of sturdy materials that can withstand a lot of pressure from the environment. A building made from them can be modified to easily withstand high winds, extreme temperatures, and moisture.

Buildings made from shipping containers are also very convenient. The pieces can be easily sent anywhere in the world. They are also cheap to transport, modify, and set up. The buildings can also be made from recycled shipping containers that would otherwise be left to rot.

Since shipping containers have been used to make all sorts of other buildings, it makes sense that they could also easily be made into schools. Here are 4 shipping container schools that have been set up around the world:

Waldorf School of Orange County

Costa Mesa, California

Waldorf School of Orange County was the first school in the U.S. to turn shipping containers into classrooms. Wanting to use sustainable, eco-friendly materials, they used 32 shipping containers to make 4 new buildings on campus. The buildings included more classrooms, a science lab, and other versatile rooms.

Fawood Children’s Center

London, England

The Fawood Children’s Center uses shipping containers in a unique way. They have set up 3 stories of interconnected classrooms and exhibits. The center is bright and creative. It caters to a variety of students, including 3-5 year olds, autistic and special needs children, and it even offers adult learning opportunities.

Shooters Hill College

London, England

The developers for Shooters Hill College appreciated the easy scalability of shipping container buildings when designing an expansion. It was set up in only 2 days! The expansion added 7,200 square feet of space to be used for classrooms and workshops.

Vissershok Primary School

Cape Town, South Africa

Vissershok is a bright, colorful school made of a single shipping container in a struggling rural area just outside Cape Town. Three companies worked together to build this school, using shipping containers as a cheap, durable, and easy building material. The school includes classrooms, gardens, and a play area.

If you want to see how people have made other kinds of buildings from shipping containers, such as hotels, hospitals, and farms, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs.

Home Business Portable Storage

With the demand for computer, Internet, and other tech jobs rising, the amount of businesses that can be run from home are also increasing. If you run your business out of your house, you know how restrictive space can be. It’s crucial to properly organize your business equipment and supplies for a smaller work environment, and Porta-Stor can help. Here are some of the ways that portable storage can help you make the most out of the space you have for your home business.

On-Site Delivery

One of the best conveniences of portable storage containers is their ability to be delivered directly to wherever they are needed. Having the container set up next your home office makes it much easier to transfer items to and from storage. Keep in mind the surrounding area when choosing a unit size. If the access roads are narrow or you want to set up the unit in your driveway for a while, you might need a smaller unit.

Convenient Timing

Portable storage units are great for working around your schedule. If you work in a home business, you know the importance of this convenience. You can have a storage container sent to your home when you need it, left there for as long as you need, and then taken away for either short-term or long-term storage.

Organization

Organizing a business takes a lot of space. A portable storage unit can greatly help you get the extra space you need. Depending on how much stuff you need to store, there are a variety of sizes available, allowing you to organize not only your newly cleared-out home office, but also the items that are put into the storage unit. Separate your supplies into different categories so they are easy to find when you visit your container or have it delivered back to your home.

Security

If your business needs to store important, confidential documents or expensive equipment, you can rest easy knowing that your portable storage unit offers great protection and security. Porta-Stor’s durable steel containers are secured with hidden locks that blend into the side of the container. The containers are also resistant to heat, cold, water, and moisture.

Affordability

Many people run their business out of their home because it’s a very affordable option. Luckily, renting a portable storage unit is not overly expensive, and there are several options available at different price ranges. Porta-Stor can help you figure out which one is right for you!

If you have further questions about how portable storage can help your home business, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs. See how other businesses use portable storage, or how to plan for an office move.

Clinic in a Can – Shipping Container Hospitals

About Clinic in a Can

Clinic in a Can is a nonprofit group that sends shipping container hospitals around the world. The company is based in Kansas, but has far-reaching effects. Their medical facilities have helped provide disaster relief in many areas and fight Ebola outbreaks in Africa.

The purpose of Clinic in a Can is to make medical care more accessible to people in remote locations. Their website proudly states that their main objective is that “every human being should have access to quality healthcare,” and they work hard to work towards that goal.

These shipping container hospitals are extremely portable. They can be shipped across the world and set up quickly and easily, allowing medical care to reach isolated populations that have no other options. Currently, the company has connections in Haiti, Kenya, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates. They also help with domestic disaster relief across the United States.

How the Clinics Work

Like other shipping container buildings, these clinics are very adaptable. They can be set up for critical care, primary care, dentistry, surgery, emergency care, or pretty much any other medical facility that is needed. They are solar powered and work extremely efficiently on less than 500 watts of electricity. Their green equipment provides air conditioning and any kind of lighting requirements.

There are 3 major types of clinics in a can:

Premium clinics mimic the technology, equipment, storage, and cleanliness abilities of an actual hospital. This provides the doctors with a lot of flexibility in what they can do.

Economy clinics provide a quality medical center that is climate controlled, energy efficient, and clean, but at a lower cost than the premium setup.

Isolation clinics are designed to help combat infectious diseases and prevent their spread. They include a waste-disposal system and negative-pressure environment.

Success Fighting Ebola

In December 2013, the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded at the time began devastating West Africa. By 2014, the fatality rate of the virus in the area had reached 70%. The countries most affected were crippled by disease, conflict, and instability, resulting in weakened health care capabilities.

Clinic in a Can stepped in to help in 2015. Their portable shipping container hospitals could help overcome the obstacles facing these areas to build actual hospital buildings, such as cost, time, and government support. They provided supplementary medical care to locations that were desperate.

One such clinic, Masanga Hospital, was set up in Makeni, Sierra Leone. People came from Denmark, Holland, Norway, and the UK to work there. With their help, it was capable of serving over 400,000 people and greatly helped the effort to combat Ebola.

Since then, Clinic in a Can has continued to spread its help to more areas of the globe. The ability to send durable, portable, easily set-up clinics wherever needed is an amazing feat. Hopefully they will continue to help people facing natural disasters and disease outbreaks in many more locations in the future.

If you want more information about how shipping containers are being used in unique and interesting ways, check out Porta-Stor’s blog here.

Use Portable Storage When Staging Your Home

Getting clutter out of the way is the most important part of staging a home. Whether you have important visitors coming to stay or need to prepare your house for sale, getting extra stuff out of the way will make it seem cleaner, roomier, and more inviting. Unless you have a huge attic or shed available, it can be hard to find space to store your belongings. Portable storage containers are a great and convenient way to add extra storage space for long or short periods of time. Here are some reasons why you should use portable storage when staging your home:

Portable Storage Containers are Convenient

Portable storage containers are convenient and flexible in several ways. They can be dropped off directly to your home, stay until you’re done packing, then taken away while working around your schedule. They come in many sizes, allowing you to store a lot of stuff if necessary, including large furniture. You have complete control over how your belongings are packed and stored. You can also easily access your storage container whenever you need to get something out of it.

Long-Term or Short-Term Storage Options

Portable storage containers can be used for long or short periods of time. If you want to impress some visitors who are staying through the holidays, put away your extra clutter for a few weeks. On the other hand, sometimes selling a home can take months. Having to stage your house for sale is a pain, but by putting your belongings into long-term storage, you can be sure that everything is safe, secure, out of the way, and easily accessible for as long as you need.

Security and Protection

Porta-Stor’s containers are made of strong steel and stored in safe locations. They are secured with locks that are hidden with more steel that blends in with the rest of the container. They are also resistant to heat, cold, water, and moisture. You can rest easy knowing that your belongings are well protected.

If you are selling your home, having visitors coming to stay, or just want extra clutter out of the way, consider using portable storage when staging your home. Make sure that your belongings are safe, secure, and accessible to you while working around your schedule.