Should You Get A Self-Storage Unit or PODS?

Jun 24, 2022 | Moving Blog, Moving Mistakes, Services, Tips

If you’re looking to store away some items you just can’t part with but don’t have room for, you’re probably already familiar with the self-storage units we see everywhere. However, a new product is officially on the market which might change the way we store our belongings. We’ve put together a guide to self-storage and POD units so you can choose which one is right for you.

Self-Storage Units

Self-storage units are the ones we typically see around town, and they’re most likely the first thing that comes to mind when you think about storage. These units usually cost a monthly fee to keep, and they can be found in large complexes. When you get a self-storage unit you’ll be given the number and the key to your unit, and you can access it any time you’d like. 

Pros and Cons of Self-Storage Units

One of the biggest advantages of self-storage is you can choose from a wide range of sizes. It’s up to you whether you’d like a small 8×10 unit or a massive 20×30 unit, so you don’t need to pay for more storage space than you’ll use. Most of these facilities are also climate-controlled and sealed off to prevent water damage to your belongings, and you can choose whether you want a garage-like unit or an indoor unit.

These facilities are located almost anywhere, so you’re sure to find one in your area.

There are a few downsides to traditional self-storage. You’ll have to go to the unit every time you want to put something in or take anything out, rather than having it come to you. You’ll also have to load and unload your stuff twice, once to move it into the unit and again to move it out, which means it can get pricey.

Lastly, it can be easy to forget about your storage unit and leave your belongings there longer than you originally intended, and you might be tempted not to give up the unit once you’ve put your stuff in it.

Portable On Demand Storage (PODS)

Portable storage units are a very new concept in the residential storage market, and they’re gaining popularity quickly. These are portable metal units that get dropped off at your door for you to load and then picked up to be taken to a POD warehouse once your belongings are safely stored inside.

Pros and Cons of PODS

PODs can be much easier to transport, and they come right to your door. You can choose multiple sizes depending on how much space you need, and you only have to pay for one move instead of two.

PODs do cost more than self-storage, and the monthly rate will be higher unless you choose to keep the unit at your home. There’s also less range in unit sizes, so you might have to pay for multiple units depending on how many belongings you plan to store.

Secure Self-Storage at Element Moving and Storage

If you need help moving or storing your belongings, you can rely on Element Moving and Storage. We offer moving services for nearly every type of move, and our self-storage units are secured and protected by 24/7 surveillance cameras and local law enforcement. Contact us today for a free quote on your next move!