Self Storage Units – Traditional Vs. Portable

By Jason Kay

At some point in everyone’s life they are faced with fact that they have too much stuff lying around and are in need of a self storage unit but which is best to go with, traditional or portable? While you can store your extra belongings in both there are certain advantages to going with a portable unit as opposed to going with a traditional unit.

Here are some of the advantages you will find with storing your stuff in a portable storage unit as opposed to the traditional way:

•Convenience: This is probably the biggest advantage. When you store your things at a traditional storage unit you have to own a truck, rent a truck, or borrow a truck from a friend in order to get your stuff to the storage unit. This can be an unwelcomed hassle. With a portable storage unit however, the portable storage unit company that you decide to go with brings the storage unit right to you and you can then fill it up at your leisure with no time constraints whatsoever.

•No driving: Not only does the portable storage unit company drop off your storage unit to you, they also pick it up when you have filled it up and take it to their climate controlled warehouse where you can store it for as long as you need to. Because they drop off the storage unit and then pick it up that means that you have to do absolutely no driving at all.

•Helps the moving process: many times people will store a number of items because they are moving to a new home and simply don’t know what they will keep and what they will sell or throw away. Once the move is complete and you decide you want to tackle the project of going through the storage unit you again have to either own a truck, rent a truck, or borrow a truck from a friend in order to get you stuff to your new place. Not so with a portable storage unit. When you are ready for your things, you simply call them and they will deliver you belongings to your new home and allow you to unload all the stuff when you want to. Then when the storage unit is empty, call them back and they will pick it up for you once again.

•Saves time: One thing you can never make more of and that is time. A portable storage unit may cost a bit more because they do all the driving, but if you think about all the time you will save, not to mention the gas money, it is still probably in your best interest to go with the portable storage unit.

All of this is not to say that the traditional storage units have no more use, but they have met their match. Unless you only plan on storing a few items that can easily and conveniently be transferred to a traditional storage unit by you, then getting a portable storage unit is really a no brainer.

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Long Term Self Storage

Author: Simply Self Storage

Self storage is commonly used for short term storage. That’s because it’s the ideal solution for people who need to store something for a short period of time. The contracts are typically month-to-month with no long term commitment required, and no penalties or charges for removing items early. The convenience of self storage lends itself to short term storage, because you can go anytime the facility is open to add items or remove them.

For people in the process of moving, self storage is perfect because it can be so flexible, cost-efficient and short term. But there are many good reasons to consider self storage for your long term storage needs, too. Traditional storage might require a long term contract and therefore seem like a good long term storage solution. But if you use self storage instead, you get the flexibility of being able to come and go when you please and add and remove things when you want, while knowing your items are secure behind your own lock and can’t be accessed or moved as they can with traditional storage. Self storage can make it much more convenient to store items that you need to access regularly or just from time to time. There are a number of situations where long-term self storage might be a good idea.

Business documents. Businesses that need to keep boxes and boxes of paperwork for legal and tax reasons can benefit from long term self storage. As the number of boxes decreases or increases, it’s easy and hassle free to rent a smaller or larger storage unit. And when access to the paperwork is needed, it’s convenient to go anytime the facility is open. The amount of document (and now even disk and digital) storage businesses are required to keep can be astounding. These boxes can take up valuable office space or storage space within a company. With long term self storage, they can be conveniently stored off site where they’re still accessible.

Boat storage. If you live in an area where you can only use your boat from spring to fall, you’ll have to store your boat for the winter. This might be in your backyard or your garage, but self storage is great for long term boat storage, too. Some areas might require that boats not be visible from the street or be present in a yard, so if you don’t have a garage or a storage building, you’ll have to rent storage for your boat. And you may opt to store your boat off-site even if you have a garage or storage shed. Why use up all that space with something that can only sit there for at least a few months? Self storage is the perfect solution.

RV storage. Most people use their recreational vehicles only on certain occasions throughout the year. It doesn’t have to take up valuable garage space when you’re not traveling across the country in it. Self storage will let you store your RV safely and securely when you’re not in a traveling frame of mind.

Vehicle storage. You might have many reasons to store a vehicle. Some people prefer not to drive in the wintertime and take other transportation. And some cars and other vehicles like classics and show cars are best stored during the winter season for their own protection. Vehicle storage is an ideal use for long term self storage.

Seasonal wardrobes. Closet space is almost always at a premium in today’s homes. We might all dream of huge walk in closets, but few of us have that luxury. When the seasons change, we either leave last season’s clothes and heavy coats in the closet with this season’s clothes, which take up tons of space and make it harder to get to what we need. Or we pack those clothes away in boxes, bags and bins and try to cram them in the backs of closets, under beds, in our backyard storage shed or in the attic, and these places are usually already full of other stored items.

Mini storage would be a good choice for a person’s seasonal wardrobe. A closet-sized storage unit can hold winter clothes to make room in your closet for the clothes you need during the current weather, and because self storage is so convenient, when you want to change you simply trade the clothes in your storage unit with those in your closet. Long term storage for clothes is ideal for those with large wardrobes, with a minimum of closet space, or both.

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Simply Self Storage – What Could be Easier than Simply?

Simply Self Storage is the largest privately owned self storage company in the United States and Puerto Rico. We own and/or operate over 228 facilities with over 16.1 million square feet of storage space.

Step 1: Substantially Reduce Your Costs

There are 2 ways to substantially reduce your costs.

A. You can maintain your current business process and reduce your costs within your existing model.

                    – or –

B.  You can change your business model.


The first thing most people look to do is ‘A‘, reducing their costs within their existing business model.  They do so because it is much easier to maintain the current busines process  rather than change it. Also this type of cost reduction usually provides results quicikly.

We have helped many companies reduce costs and improve effeciencies by providing them with better equipment, better solutions, and better pricing.

Although  ‘A‘ has provided successful and easily measurable reults we have also advocated to our clients that they seriously consider reviewing their current business model ‘B‘ in addition to ‘A‘. it is our belief that the business world is changing and will continue to do so at even a more rapid rate as technologies continue to develop. What once took 10 years to develop now takes 1 year or less. This rapid evolution in business development has also reduced the lifespan of business models. Unless you have a unique product or service that can not be duplicated you will be subject to these great forces of change.

As a result we have not only helped clients reduce their costs but also have helped reshape thier business model to further reduce costs, improve effeciencies and provide huge flexability to change with the rapidly changing business world.

We will be providing these business models on our website shortly.In the meantime if you like access to these models please feel free to contact us directly.

Next time we will take a look at Step 2 :  Maintain or improve customer service while reducing your costs

How To Survive The Coming Economic Tsunami

The Stock Market is Going Up !

Banks are flush with Gov’t cash and are providing easy credit for business.

The worst is over !

Don’t believe this for a minute.

America is still losing over 500,000 jobs per month. Credit is getting tighter. Chrysler is bankrupt. G.M is next.

Yes these companies will be better off in the long as they emerge from bankruptcy protection, but what happens to the 40,000 employees that will be let go both in manufacturing and the dealership network. How will they replace their high wage and benefit package ?  Just as important what about the remaining workers who are having their wages and benefits  cut back ? Finally what about all the suppliers of these companies ? Will it be business as usual for them.? How will their employees be affected ? Are they going to spend at the same rate they have over the last few years ? Of course not. Would you?

What does this mean ?

The worst is yet to come.

Is your business ready ?

Those businesses that will survive and prosper in the new economic reality will have to:

1.   Substantially reduce costs

2.  Maintain or improve customer service despite reducing costs

3.  Reduce debt.

4.  Free up capital

5.  Reduce or eliminate long term obligations

6.  Reduce or eliminate variable costs that you do not control

7.  Remain flexible in order to expand or contract rapidly.

8.  Provide value added services for your clients


Stay tuned as we will show you how we can help you achieve all of the above noted goals and prosper during difficult economic times !

Is The Worst Over ?

According to the US administration, the worst of the recession has passed.

Is this true ?

Not according to major economic indicators.

Unemployment, manufacturing, shipping volumes,exports,imports, and consumer confidence are at alarming levels.

What does this mean ?

It means that those companies who conduct themselves as though it is business as usual will be left outside looking in. Even worse many of them won’t survive  the current economic climate.

Who will survive and prosper ?

Those companies that will be able to reduce costs without reducing their ability to service their  customer. Those companies that can provide added value to assist their clients in being successful. Those companies that can remain flexible to expand and/or contract instantly.

Express Mobile Storage Solutions is here to assist you in all of the above areas.

Over the next few weeks we will outline in our blog the variety of areas where we can help you succeed immediately.

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Welcome to the creation of our Blog !

Blogging has become a mainstay in our personal and business lives.

Blogs are created for may different purposes.

The goal of our blog to provide value added information that can assist individuals and companies to meet or exceed thier economic goals.

Our blog will not only contain content relating to storage solutions. We will also be providing access to white papers and a library of business information which will prove valuable to all businesses regardless of size or economic circumstances.

Our success is based solely on our ability to assist our clients in achieving their own success.

We are to help save you money and grow your business !

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