Maybe you’ve been examining the services at Cubesmart and wondering if it’s the right self storage for you. You’ve probably also wondered if maybe a storage pod is the better solution. To find out let’s take a look at both.
Pods are metal containers which are delivered to your chosen location. From there you either load your stuff yourself or have movers do it. The pods can then be moved to your new home or just keep it at your home.
Pods are weather resistant and suitable for long term storage. It also lets you store items for the long term. They’re also suitable if you prefer to load the items yourself.
This is the one that we usually think of when it comes to storage units. Basically this means renting a unit in a facility so you can retrieve and access those items. You can either move those items to the unit or have movers do it for you.
Just like pods, storage units have designated gate hours when you can access it. Aside from being convenient, self storage units also have climate control, essential if you’re going to store antiques or paintings. The quality of service makes these units suitable for long term storage too.
So Which is Better?
Let us take a look at the pros and cons of each one.
- Units are picked up and delivered to your location
- One time loading and unloading
- You can store the pods in their facility or your property
- Delivery and pickup can be costly
- Not allowed in some residential locations
- Pod access may be limited after delivery and pick up
Self Storage Pros
- Lots of sizes available
- Climate control options available
- Easy access to the site
- Plenty of options for storage
Self Storage Cons
- You have to bring your items there
- Loading and unloading has to be done twice
Pods are great if you like going about your own pace and need to move items over a distance. Self storage units are best if you need to access those items often.
As explained above, storage units and pods both have benefits. As to which one to use, that is something only you can decide. We did point out the possible pros and cons for each service, but by studying your requirements you’ll know which one to use.