Portable storage containers have gained popularity because they can provide a cheaper alternative to traditional full-service moving companies.
Rather than renting a moving truck and hiring movers, mobile storage firms bring the portable storage container to you for packing. When you’re ready to go, the provider stores the container in a facility or ships it to a specified location.
Another key advantage of this storage option is that you can easily walk into a container to load it. Most moving vans require you to use ramps and lifts to reach the loading areas.
"It allows people to take their time during a time that's very hectic," says George Spowart, chief marketing officer for PODS.
PODS are typically the best fit for people who want to be able to move out of their own home and into a new one at their own pace, as opposed to someone who's moving on a tight timeframe, Spowart says.