Self storage and mobile storage units are two storage options that you can choose when you are moving house. However, the two are not the same. If you are looking to hire storage, it is important that you know the pros and cons of both options in order to make a perfect decision. If you don't know the difference, you will not be able to tell which one is the right one. There are some companies that offer both services while there are some that offer only one services. Despite the difference between both of them, they also have their similarities. Here are what you should know about this product.



The first thing you should know is what these options are. Self storage is a type of storage facility where by storage units are provided to people that rent them. They bring their items and pack them to the units provided to them. After packing, they have to lock the storage unit and then go with the key. They are allowed access to the storage units anytime they want. In other words, in self storage facilities, the items are moved from one place to another. The storage unit is located in the storage facility. Mobile storage unit also known as POD or vault is a type of storage that can be moved from one place to another. The storage unit is mounted on a truck and driven to the house or office the person that rent them. The person will pack in their items and the storage facility will be driven back to the storage facility. However, like in self storage unit, people that keep their items in the mobile storage units are allowed access to the items.


Available in various sizes

Businesses that offer self storage and mobile storage units offer them in various sizes. There are small as well as big sizes of both mobile and self storage units. So, no matter what your needs are, you will still find a size that will meet your expectation.


Different in security level

Mobile and self storage offer different levels of security. Besides surveillance system and human security provided by the facility, the security level of these two facilities are somewhat different. Security here also includes security against elements of weather. Self storage units are normally located inside a building. The units are built inside a house. The building of the units inside the house provide added security. There is the external door as well as the internal indoor. Intruder has to break the external door before breaking the internal indoor. If the doors are strong, chances that he will be caught or that he would attract the attention of security personnel are very high. Mobile storage units on the other hand are kept outside but in secure environment. The units have doors and they are provided with strong locks. The types of lock provided differs from facilities to facilities.


Renting, leasing or buying

You can either lease or rent self mobile unit. The same thing is applicable to mobile storage units. However, unlike self storage unit, some mobile storage units providers may allow users who can to buy storage units.



As it is mentioned above, when you want to move your items in store in self storage, you have hire a truck or man van service to help you transport your items to the facilities. But this is not the case with mobile storage unit. It is already mounted on truck. So, all you have to do is to drive in your vehicle and then pack your item inside it and drive it back.



Both self and mobile storage units may have additional features such as temperature control features, locks, fire alarm system and others. However, when it comes to doors, you may have some differences. Normally, self storage units come with one door for entrance but there are some mobile storage units that have more than one units.