Do you need to declutter your home but have no place to put your stuff? If so, you may be looking at various options to store your stuff. Two of those options include using a self storage unit at a local storage facility, or renting a storage container. While both storage methods have many similarities, they can be quite different with unique pros and cons. Knowing the differences will help you make an informed decision.

Storage Container

A storage container will be very convenient for when you actually go to pack the unit with all of your belongings. The container is delivered to you, and you can bring things out from your home and place them directly into the container. You'll find that the process is incredibly fast, since you do not need to rent a truck or make several trips to the storage facility to move everything into it.

You also have the option of keeping the container at your home so that you have easy access to what is inside, but there is also an option to have the container taken to a warehouse. Most homeowners opt for getting rid of the container so that they don't have to see it, but it causes a great inconvenience for when you need to get something out.

Keep in mind that it is common to require advance notice when retrieving a storage container, which can make it difficult to get access to your belongings when you need them. Storage containers are also limited in size as well.

Storage Unit

Storage units offer greater flexibility when it comes to size, and also have the advantage of being climate controlled. If you have delicate belongings that you want to preserve, climate controlled storage may be the only option for you.

While storage units do involve driving to a facility and packing the unit on site, they have the convenience of easy access to the unit. You can quite easily visit the unit whenever you want without giving anyone advance notice.

In addition, you may find that a storage unit offers more security when it comes to keeping your belongings safe. Indoor storage units typically require some sort of key to gain access to the building, and there are security cameras to monitor the people in the facility. Storage containers, especially when left on your property, provide virtually no security since no one will be able to monitor the unit when you are not home.