Difference between containerised storage and self-storage?

Ray Vel
Last Updated:
July 3, 2022

Today, it is all too easy to become known as a hoarder of the house. - With so many things under your sleeve you do not know what to do about them.

The issue arises when we run out of room in our homes to store everything. It is when we need some extra space to help safe-keep your valuable belongings when we no longer can.

Here, we have several options for keeping your belongings safe. - Each with its own advantages and even drawbacks... The two main storage types are self and containerised.

What is the difference between a self-storage facility and container storage? It is one of the most frequently asked questions for moving companies.

The difference between self-storage and containerized storage


Self-storage facilities are designated warehouses that keep your personal or business belongings. They are usually purpose-built storage facilities that most moving companies offer.

These storage units are built keeping you in mind. It can accommodate a large number of individual units that connect by a network of lifts and spread out over many floors.

Basic security protocols are always available in these units. A protocol such as:

  • CCTV
  • Completely padlocked doors
  • On-site staff during operating hours are present at these warehouses.

Moving companies take these measures to keep your belongings secure.

If you require extensive security, you may ask your moving company to help you. You can choose and supply your own lock for your unit, to which only you will have the key.

You also have a considerably wider range of unit sizes to choose from. - Ensuring that you do not waste money on space.

The sizes of our storage spaces range from a single locker to a double garage. Additionally, because your storage will be indoors, your belongings are protected from fluctuations in weather and temperature.

The majority of storage facilities will also be able to assist you with:

Many units are also accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering you the convenience you require.

For containerized storage, you can expect something a little different.

Outdoor sites in distant settings, such as warehouses or secure compounds, are the most common. Because there are no other costs to consider, renting one is usually affordable.

You may be able to come and go as you like depending on the size you choose. Otherwise, you may need to arrange appointments to access your unit. And there are fewer restrictions on what you can store.

Which is the better option for you?

Container storage is excellent for folks who need to store several large items for a long time. If you do not plan on going in and out between filling and emptying the unit, try containerised storage.

Self-storage, on the other hand, is the best option for most people who want to store items short-term. So, things like Christmas decorations, spare bed, baby clothes, and other 'once in a while' stuff. - If this sounds like your ideal pick, self-storage may be for you.

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