Understanding the Contrast Between Self-Storage and Mobile Storage

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The storage industry is constantly changing, and the way people use storage is too. At XYZ Storage, we have been around for over two decades and have seen just how much the industry has changed right in front of our eyes. Storage is no longer seen as a place to store your stuff. It can be seen as adopting a new lifestyle whether it is storing your belongings, so you can make room for a new addition to your family or a place to store your seasonal equipment. 

We have been industry game-changers offering an incredible range of storage solutions to individuals and businesses. As industry experts, we understand that each individual and business has different storage needs. This is why we’re going to do a deep dive into self-storage vs mobile storage so you can decide for yourself which one fits your unique needs.

Which Storage Option Is the Best for Me?

Choosing whether traditional self-storage or portable storage containers are right for you can be a challenge, especially if this is your first time renting one for extra storage space. There are many factors to consider in this decision, such as customizability, flexibility, accessibility, convenience, and other security measures. Ultimately, it depends on your preference and what you’re looking to get out of a storage solution. So which storage option is best for you? Let’s find out!

Self Storage vs Mobile Storage: Customizability and Flexibility

First off, let’s discuss the customizability and flexibility between self-storage vs mobile storage.

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Portable storage containers give you the flexibility to decide when you want your mobile storage unit picked up and brought back to the storage facilities. However, the downside is you pay extra for the effort and gas a mobile storage company will charge for their services. 

In terms of customizability, there are fewer options when it comes to sizing portable storage units compared to traditional self-storage units. You may also have to opt for paying for an extra portable storage unit if one isn’t sufficient enough for your additional storage space needs.


Choosing to go with a traditional self-storage can offer flexibility for renters in many ways. Some of those ways include the following: 

  1. When it comes to the length of your lease, many traditional storage companies offer flexible lease terms. 
  2. Traditional self-storage facilities offer extended access hours, which allows renters to access their storage units during off-hours. This feature caters to individuals with busy schedules who aren’t able to visit their storage unit during facility access hours.
  3. There are traditional self-storage facilities that also offer flexible payment options, whether you prefer to pay monthly vs 4-week billing cycles. Therefore, be sure to choose a storage facility that offers the best payment option for your lifestyle.

Traditional self-storage companies offer storage units with plenty of customizability, including various sizes of self-storage units for you to choose from depending on your needs and how much extra space you may require. At XYZ Storage, we have plenty of self-storage unit sizes from compact to large, which can be used for either personal or business storage. We also give you an idea of what you can place in that storage unit. For example, our compact self-storage unit can be used to store tools, photo albums, sports equipment, luggage, and storing documents. And if that is too small for you, check out our small, medium, and large size offerings. 

Self Storage vs Mobile Storage: Accessibility and Convenience

Next, let’s discuss the accessibility and convenience of mobile storage units vs traditional self-storage units.

Mobile Storage

Portable storage containers can be convenient for those who do not plan on leaving the house. However, when it comes to the accessibility of portable storage units it’s a little more complicated. With mobile storage companies, typically you have to call ahead and may end up having to wait a few days before you can move your stuff in or out of your portable storage unit. This means that you can only access your portable storage container during business hours. 


On the other hand, a self-storage facility can be accessed anytime during business hours and many self-storage facilities offer extended hours for those who need access to their storage unit. We have 5 XYZ Storage facilities across Toronto and GTA, including Toronto Downtown, Toronto Midtown, Toronto West, Scarborough, and Etobicoke that are extremely accessible to our customers. You can stop by during our business hours or ask about our extended access, which is approved on a case-by-case basis.

Self Storage vs Mobile Storage: Space and Security

Lastly, let’s cover the temporary storage space and security aspect of going with mobile storage units vs traditional self-storage units.

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When it comes to portable storage containers, it’s customary that the container is brought to your home. This means you need to be living in a detached house with enough space on your driveway to accommodate the container and the container can’t be placed on a sidewalk. There’s also a security issue with leaving your valuables in a portable container whose only protection is a lock – whether it’s for a few hours or overnight.


With traditional self-storage units, you don’t have to worry about finding a place at your home to accommodate a portable storage container, blocking a footpath or designated parking spot, or that your valuables can be stolen any time you’re not watching the container. Many self-storage facilities, including our XYZ Storage facilities, have 24/7 advanced security systems and video surveillance, so you feel confident with leaving your belongings inside our climate-controlled units. 

At XYZ Storage, we strive to continuously innovate and provide the ideal storage experience with our customers in mind to make a secure storage facility to fit their needs. If you are interested in renting from any one of our many self-storage facilities, you can do so today online or stop by and chat with one of our storage experts. We have conveniently located self-storage facilities across Toronto and the GTA, including our Toronto West, Toronto Midtown, Toronto Downtown, Scarborough, and Etobicoke ready to help you find a storage solution.

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published: 1 November 2019