A little 411 on the 911: On-Demand Storage Containers Provide Relief in a Pinch

There’s no two ways about it.  People don’t think about storage until they have to.  Usually that spells an impending move or renovation.  However, there are times when storage needs move quickly from a rarely contemplated issue to a code red concern.  It stands to reason that emergencies, severe weather events and other unpredictable scenarios keep storage companies like us incredibly busy.  

Almost invariably, it’s portable, or on demand storage companies that can respond to folks who find themselves in pressing circumstances.  Instant Storage, as the name implies, is storage made available on the spot – any spot where a medium to large container can be delivered and unloaded, in fact.  People who face a disaster like residential fire or flood don’t have the time or resources to load up their belongings and move them to some distant, fixed location facility.  In such times, people need all the fast help they can get to salvage their lives and avoid losing more property than they already have.  Enter the big, steel box heroes.

Storage in an Instant

Storage containers from Instant Storage are shipping containers of various sizes and configurations.  They’re loaded on trucks and delivered to driveways, businesses, schools and construction sites, where they become invaluable to those using them.  Their solid steel construction, full-width double doors and spaciousness make them the ideal answer for people who need to safely stow their stuff, whether planned or in a nasty pinch.

Restoration companies rely on portable storage solutions for getting furniture and other property out of a fire or flood damaged home quickly and conveniently.  Containers are delivered shortly after they’re requested and picked up after the job is done.  There’s no truck rental, wasted driving times or risk of improper or unsightly property storage.

Donating for Disaster

As it turns out, homeowners and restoration firms aren’t the only ones calling on Instant Storage for quick relief in tough times.  In both California and Florida, the Red Cross has relied on us in disaster relief scenarios.  Our containers have served in countless capacities over the years.  They store food, water, shelter, medicine, blankets and clothing for people and communities that have been displaced by extreme events.  They’ve served as temporary medical shelters and command and control sites.  Instant Storage gets the containers to relief agencies, including wildland firefighters, as soon as we get the call.  Once situations are stabilized, the units are picked up and put back into circulation elsewhere.  As a service to the great organizations helping out and to the affected communities, Instant Storage donates these containers to relief efforts.

Fortunately, not every day greets us with disasters and emergencies.  The majority of storage scenarios are reassuringly uneventful.  Free of sirens and floodwaters, most container deliveries are scheduled and follow pretty predictable routines.  It is interesting to think however, that our containers have traversed the oceans, traveled on trucks and trains, moved college students, served on jobsites and hotel renovations and held gear for rock bands and aviation companies alike.  There’s a long and varied history to each of our units, and given way they’re built, a long and interesting future ahead.  Regardless of your needs for mobile storage containers, Instant Storage will be here when you need us.  Give us a call or find us online and we’ll bring you unparalleled convenience, reliability, service and of course a portable storage container.  

Would You, Could You in a Box? Container Living 101.

If you’ve never stepped inside one, you can’t hope to understand just how inviting shipping containers are. Yes, shipping containers. The workhorses of global trade have an alluring quality about them. I know it sounds strange, but get in one and see for yourself. And that might explain why shipping containers, formerly affixed to ships, trucks and railcars are now playing such an important role in the current home building revolution.

Few things on the planet are as practically-conceived or purpose-built as the noble cargo container. Its design and construction betray qualities of expediency, ergonomics and durability. These attributes certainly lend themselves to home building and home living. We want livable homes that last a long time and are simple to build. And these are the same qualities that appeal to folks who want to minimize the impacts of home building on the environment.

Jobsite Heartache

Visited a construction site lately? Beyond the impressive hard work, have you noticed how much waste is generated by home building? Eight thousand pounds of wood, drywall, cardboard, carpet, tile, metal and paint come out of each 2,000-square foot house that’s built in this country. That’s several dump trucks per home and all of it is destined for landfills. Shipping containers boast wonderful benefits when viewed from this sad statistic. They are recycled and repurposed and they are cheap. Used containers cost approximately $2,500 – $3,500 delivered. And while homeowners inevitably modify them, they are already built.

Stack ‘em Up

For folks wishing to build a container home, they’ll be delighted about how configurable they are. Shipping containers are designed to be stacked on top of each other. Each can withstand the weight of eight more atop of it. This works in the favor of designers wanting to create multi-level living. Conventional vertical construction is typically expensive. Not so with container buildings. Units are positioned as desired on top of one another and bolted and welded down. Unique designs and increased interior space are quickly achieved using a crane and chains.

Great Lines: Thinking Inside of the Box

The rectilinear geometry of a shipping container also lends itself to contemporary architectural design. Using an acetylene torch and grinder, a craftsman can cut custom windows, sliding glass and doors into their stalwart frames. In the interior, container homes are plumbed, wired, insulated and finished with sheet rock or paneling. Conjoined containers with a removed shared wall offer impressive space when utilized for great rooms and dining/kitchen combos. From the exterior, finished container homes definitely convey something unique, but most strangers would never know that the home before them once transported toaster ovens and running shoes across the oceans from Asia.

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If you’re intrigued and have never seen a container home, get online. There’s a wealth of information out there about the phenomenon. People are building gorgeous, spacious and affordable homes while limiting their impact on the environment and getting something truly unique, not to mention bullet-proof in the process.

Why Choose a Shipping Container Over a Storage Facility?

Using a portable shipping container for long or short-term storage needs beats remote location facilities hands down. Many people don’t yet realize that portable, or Instant Storage as it’s come to be known, is an option for secure, affordable storage that boasts unmatched convenience and security. When you consider that the storage unit comes to you, is removed when no longer needed and is on or near your property, the convenience is easy to wrap your head around. It’s the security considerations that we’ll bring to light in this post however.

Taking Control

A primary reason to opt for storage on demand is control. When you have a shipping container delivered to your residence, place of business or jobsite location, you maintain control of the keys, where it is placed and the hours you can access it. None of this holds true with traditional storage facilities. There is no strolling over and gaining access to your items in a fixed location scenario. Not only must you conform to their hours of operation, but you must drive there. Furthermore, you aren’t the only one who can access your unit at a storage facility. Welcome to the dim-lit realities of storage facilities. Cue the Twilight Zone music.

Smile, You’re on Camera

Despite the creepiness of being filmed at all angles while you maneuver into the cramped confines of your unit, I guess the closed-circuit TVs are a good thing. After all, lots of unsavory activity happens at storage facilities. You never know who your neighbors are at these places and what they’re storing, or stealing, as the case may be. While we’re on the topic of bizarre, a new trend is emerging whereby people rent units to occupy them. I’m talking about living and sleeping in these things. Call me insensitive, but I don’t particularly want Storage Stan bedding down next to my worldly possessions on the regular.

Indestructible

Shipping containers are the Abrams tank of storage. In short, they’re indestructible, impregnable and won’t ever let you down when it comes to security. These units are designed to withstand the most punishing scenarios in global commerce. Rent a shipping container and you won’t be the first to want to buy one. Upon delivery and initial inspection, husbands tell their wives, “Honey, we should get one of these.” Wives incredulously respond, “What in heaven’s name for?” Husbands eloquently respond, “Because they’re just so AWESOME!” And she thought the bigger barbeque was a bad idea. Jokes aside, step in one and you’re immediately impressed by how capacious and well-engineered they are. They’re built for one purpose alone – safeguarding their contents against whatever mother nature or some miscreant can throw at them.

You need storage or temporary staging of possessions, tools, inventory or equipment. You need it to be safe. Do yourself a favor and click or call Instant Storage today. You won’t find a safer, more convenient option anywhere.

Shipping Containers: Nothing Safer Exists. (A true story!)

Years ago, I owned a timber and forestry bi-products business that was situated on a large industrial lot on the periphery of our city. While the location just east of the 205 Freeway was ideal for receiving log trucks and dispatching our own semis, it happened to be home to a large indigent population of unsavory folks. Timber and forestry businesses are heavily dependent on equipment and machinery – all of which is expensive – so envelopment by this demographic was problematic.

Vulnerable Contracting Site Security

On a good week, we’d show up on any given morning and find fuel tanks syphoned of fuel or hoses, cables and chains that had grown legs and wandered off in the middle of the night. That type of theft is concerning and costly, but not devastating. Not long after, we had truck windows broken for the CB radios, fire extinguishers and medical kits inside. It seemed that theft increased as the weather worsened and broken windows are exceedingly unpleasant and unsafe during the winter.   At this time, we were storing our truly valuable equipment like chainsaws, winches and other forestry indispensables in locked cargo trailers. That was a big mistake. About an $8,000 mistake to be precise.

A desperate thief’s best friend and sole possession is often a set of bolt cutters. This single tool allowed for the breaching of the chain link fence around our facility as well as the effortless entry into our locked trailers. We found sheared padlocks on the ground, 6 chainsaws, a topographical survey instrument and several other pieces of equipment gone.

An Introduction to Shipping Container Safety

That was the end of our trailer storage days. Fortunately, our lot was flanked by several construction, heavy equipment and metal fabrication companies. These businesses maintain impressive inventories of costly tools and equipment and they all live with serious security and anti-theft concerns. Invariably, they all use shipping containers to keep their tools safe, dry and secure.

No set of bolt cutters or level of ingenuity can overcome a shipping container. Without an acetylene torch or an M1 tank (neither of which are terribly inconspicuous), a human being is not getting into a shipping container. This is what makes them the ideal storage solution for people and businesses that want a convenient, inexpensive and super-secure option for storing tools, inventory, residential possessions and more.

My Shipping Container: Locked, Loaded, and Left Alone

What a disappointment it must have been for the band of larcenists who preyed upon us to find our tools and equipment safely stowed in a 40’ double-doored fortress. We got smart and they went home empty handed. The security provided by our impregnable container was such that once the bandits knew it was there, they didn’t even bother coming any more. About a week after the shipping container was delivered and craned into place, we repaired our chain link fence for the last time. We never had another incident of theft or vandalism on the property again.

I naively thought locked, enclosed cargo trailers were a suitable solution for storing our gear. I was wrong. That mistake cost several days of production and thousands of dollars. Do not fall victim to a similar oversight. Instant Storage will deliver a rugged shipping container to your property at an affordable rate, with no binding contracts and pick it up when you no longer need it. Whether for short or long-term storage requirements, nothing beats the convenience, security and peace of mind that’s delivered right along with Instant Storage shipping containers.

How to Rent and Utilize a Shipping Container for Storage

Whether you fall in the ‘bigger is better’ camp may depend on personal preference and taste. However, there are certain tasks which don’t lend themselves to subjective opinion. You don’t move sheets of plywood with a motorcycle and you don’t cut hair with a chainsaw. Sometimes you need to go big, and when you do, you might as well throw in rugged, tough and safe.

Moving and storage are among life’s less joyous affairs. While moving can be a very happy occasion– the promise of a new home or perhaps an improved business location – the physical act of lugging boxes, furniture, tools and office supplies is about as thrilling as a root canal. When moving and storage become truly joyless however is when you’re underprepared, underequipped and outgunned.

Most temporary storage solutions involve palletized, light-weight containers that are dropped in your driveway or parking lot for a pre-determined amount of time.   These portable storage units work nicely for short-term and low-security scenarios. And that covers a fair number of residential moves, where temporary driveway staging is needed. For all the other occasions, you have a heavier-duty option.

Rugged Shipping Containers for Storage

At Instant Storage, there’s no plastic and canvas, no lightweight aluminum and no chance of finding a stronger, more secure, or purpose-built storage solution. Instant Storage containers are maritime shipping containers. They’re designed to withstand the most grueling of environmental conditions while keeping their cargoes dry, safe and unharmed. They’re built to tolerate incredible abuse while they’re stacked onto ships, craned onto trucks and transferred to freight trains. Because they’re spec’d for that type of rough and tumble, they will certainly handle whatever you throw at them.

Your Storage Container is Safe

What does this mean for you? It means you will not find a more secure option for storing your valuables, anywhere. The steel containers are impenetrable, have twin locking doors and are every bit as affordable as their less-secure competitors.

Heavy on Convenience

Despite their heft, Instant Storage shipping containers boast ultimate convenience. They’re delivered to your home, jobsite or place of business and hauled away as soon as you no longer need them. There are no binding contracts, no driving to and from fixed location facilities, and time wasted managing logistics.

If you’re in the market for convenient, secure and customizable storage, click or call Instant Storage. Shipping containers are delivered in multiple configurations where and when you need them, including dual-purpose containers that can serve as temporary work space and storage combinations. Navigate to Instant Storage and make your way to a happier, more secure moving and storage adventure.