Top 5 Myths About Portable Storage: Debunked
Don't be fooled by what you've heard about portable storage because believing these common misconceptions could cost you. We've debunked the top five myths about relocatable storage units to tell you the truth about this easy way to maximize space and boost your facility's profit.
Myth #1: It's lower quality
You don’t have to skimp on quality just because this storage space is portable. In fact, some of today’s relocatable self-storage units, like American-made MASS units, are constructed with the same durable components as traditional self-storage units.
They've got insulated roofs to protect stored items from harsh weather and a rain lip and elevated floor to reduce moisture. Solid steel doors mean you won't see common problems like rusting, leaking, and subpar sheet metal that is so commonly found in old portable storage containers. Also, you can customize colors to blend with your existing storage units seamlessly.
Myth #2: It's not secure
Portable storage units are no less secure than traditional storage units. You can install the same security measures like security cameras, thermal motion sensors, door automation, and a high-tech Bluetooth electronic locking system to enhance security and deter thieves from your property.
Myth #3: It’s too small
Relocatable storage units can be designed with the same interior space as traditional storage units; for example, MASS units have 40 percent more cubic sq. ft. than converted/foldable shipping containers. And if you need multiple storage space options to vary your unit mix, you can customize unit sizes on a 10’x20’ or custom-size platform.
Myth #4: Less functionality
Many facility owners find relocatable storage units more flexible than traditional storage. They're easy additions to properties that might have complex features like odd slopes. And relocatable storage units can often be located in areas that standard units can't, such as easements.
They're low maintenance, and thanks to their portability, a 5,000 lb. forklift can do the job if you ever want to relocate them. Customers might also appreciate the hassle-free convenience that comes with a drive-up unit.
Myth #5: It's more expensive
Relocatable storage units don't have to break budgets and often cost less than traditional ground-up construction. In addition, they're faster to build, so you can start generating revenue almost immediately.
They don't require a lot of site preparation, and they're considered equipment, so they don't need to meet the more stringent building requirements of traditional storage units, which are permanent structures.
Other tax perks make these units even more palatable. For example, you can claim a total deduction of materials costs in the first year of use. And because they're not permanent structures, they depreciate over seven years versus the standard rate of 39 years for other types of commercial real estate.
Now that we’ve uncovered the truth about relocatable storage, you can see many reasons to add this type of unit to your facility’s unit mix. First, it’s a fast, cost-effective way to increase your profit. And second, it's flexible and durable.