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How to keep portable shipping container storage safe from theft

If you’ve been looking for options to store your belongings, you may have come across multiple options for storage. Self storage means that you manage the storage unit for a renter’s fee, usually with a secure access code that is only used by you to enter a facility where there are several other locked storage units. The other type of storage is with large industrial storage containers, or shipping containers that are then used as storage. These types of storage units are called ‘portable storage’ because they are transportable. This means that instead of you needing to go to a storage unit, load and unload your belongs, the storage unit can come to you. It’s not ‘fixed’ to the ground or part of a building. This provides a lot of convenience, as you can imagine. This way, you can store your belongings in a shipping container used as storage, and then have that entire container moved to a new location, such as for a long-distance move, when you’re ready for it. It can also mean that if you are temporarily renovating a home and need to put belongings elsewhere, a storage container can come to your location, drive away with your stuff, then come back with your stuff in that same container when you need it. Considering safety and theft with portable storage using shipping containers But there can be a dilemma regarding storing your belongings in a shipping container. How will it be safe from theft? Whether it’s on your property or not, thieves can try to access it. One family’s shipping container was broken into and stolen off...

4 More illegal things you just can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities, even in Vancouver

In our last article on this topic, we covered some things you can’t do in a storage unit. This was after it was discovered that someone in Vancouver was caught living in a storage facility illegally. Two things you can’t do in a storage unit, whether self storage or a portable storage unit: live in it or run a business out of it. It also goes without saying you can’t do artwork in it, or run a studio out of it. You can’t sleep it in either, just to be clear. But there are more things you just can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities in Vancouver. In this article, we’ll cover more of those things, which you may not be aware of (though some are obvious… to most of us). You can’t store animals in a storage unit Animals, like humans, need ventilation, sunshine, and nature. You can’t store animals in a storage unit. If you do need a place for your animals to live while you’re gone, you could consider pet babysitters. Or, if you have a lot of animals to move, we wrote some articles on this subject here, to give you more info on the process: Coquitlam movers explore ideas on how to move pet birds and bird collections Pets & Relocation Moving in Vancouver Our how-to guide on moving an aquarium to your new home You can’t store food in a storage unit This one may not be obvious to everyone. A storage unit is not meant to be a warehouse or keeper of food. This mostly applies to perishable foods (see link above). Since other tenants are using...

Two Illegal things you just can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities

2 Illegal things you can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities, even in Vancouver Recently the CBC reported a guy who was evicted for living in a storage unit in Vancouver. While he certainly showed how creative and clever one could make use of a tiny space for cheap rent, nothing he did was legal. So, as Vancouver storage providers (with secured facility container storage), it got us thinking. What else is illegal to do with storage units? I mean, we see good-guy-bad-guy TV shows using storage units in plot lines all the time. Does that happen in real life? Below are some illegal things you can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities – whether in Vancouver or not! Keep in mind, there is a difference between storage lockers and storage containers! That is explained in this article. You can’t live in a storage unit; not in Vancouver, not anywhere Above we mentioned the guy who lived in a storage unit in Vancouver for about two months. That was not ok. But he says he only broke the rule of sleeping there at night. Afterall, he wasn’t showering there. And he paid for the power he used via a long extension cord. But…he was posing other problems, as presented in this article. Apparently, people trying to live in storage units is not uncommon or new. But it’s illegal because: Storage facilities are not zoned for residential use. Cities have bylaws for housing, in case you haven’t noticed. It’s not ok to have people living without sewage or running water. Those medieval days are far behind us in the Western world. Storage facilities...

More ways to repurpose storage containers from movers in Surrey

New ways to repurpose storage containers from movers in Surrey BC Previously we presented some tips from movers in in Surrey on repurposing storage containers. When you are moving in Surrey, you may find it useful to have a portable storage container for storage and renovation purposes. Once your storage container has served its purpose, it will provide you with an opportunity to get creative and transform your new backyard. Here are some ideas to get you started on this cool DIY project. From portable storage to garden gazebo: create your own personal paradise! If you have a garden in your new backyard, you could also transform your storage container into a beautiful deck or gazebo to complement your outdoor space. Once movers in Surrey help you complete your move and you are done with your extra storage, you can start the transformation process. Search the web for inspiration, create your plans, and get building! If you are planning on bringing your garden with you when you move in Surrey, check out these tips: https://www.fergusonmoving.com//blog/movers-north-vancouver-give-ideas-preparing-moving-garden-plants/ Storage companies in Surrey will love your storage container workshop If you are done storing furniture, supplies, and other belongings after your Surrey movers are long gone, turn a storage container into a new storage facility with a specific purpose! This can be a great place to store your tools or projects, and can even give you a space to work on DIY projects if you design it that way. See our related article on how to move a shed: https://www.fergusonmoving.com//blog/how-to-move-a-shed-surrey-movers/ Plus, how to handle tools and heavy equipment when moving: https://www.fergusonmoving.com//blog/how-to-move-tools-heavy-equipment-when-moving-in-vancouver/ After your...

Neat ways to repurpose storage containers from movers in Surrey

Ideas on how you can re-purpose portable storage containers in Surrey BC After you complete the process of moving in Surrey, it will then be time to focus on settling into your new house and making sure it feels like home. Part of this process includes figuring out what to do with the remnants of your Surrey move. If you took your time moving in, or your house underwent a big renovation before you arrived, chances are you may have storage containers hanging out in your backyard. Luckily, there are endless possibilities of what you can do with moving storage once it has served its purpose. Here are just a few ideas of how you can repurpose portable storage containers. Turn your portable storage into a tiny home! Once you have your perfect new home and you are done with your portable storage in Surrey, you can use your storage container to make a second, little, home. Tiny homes are growing in popularity and can make a perfect guest house, private space for a teenager, or a small sanctuary for yourself. They are also useful as temporary dwellings while a renovation is going in the larger house on your lot. You can design it any way you want, but you can start with the basics in this Pinterest post. Read more on reasons why you should move to a tiny house in Vancouver here: https://www.fergusonmoving.com//blog/vancouver-tiny-house-movers/ And some solutions for when you do plan to dwell in the tiny house: https://www.fergusonmoving.com//blog/tiny-house-vancouver-storage-solutions/ Office movers in Surrey may recommend storage container offices A storage container office can be a perfect place to...

How to move and store a washer and dryer

Moving and storing a washer and dryer So you have opted to move and store your washer and dryer as opposed to buying a pair for your new home; a bit of a hassle but may be more cost effective. For now, your washer and dryer are in the laundry room ready to be picked up by a couple of hulky movers and brought to your new place. But, are you sure your bulky, heavy, and probably expensive appliances are ready to be moved and stored?  Some planning ahead will make these difficult-to-move units easier to haul. There are also some tips you can follow to ensure your washer and dryer make it to your new home without damage. Also, make sure you store your washer and dryer properly if it will be sometime before they will be used again. Before you move, clean and prep your washer and dryer If you are planning to store your washer and dryer for a while make sure your appliances are clean prior to moving them. You can just run a rinse cycle to remove any detergent build up in the washer and make sure the lint area of the dryer is clean. To prepare your washer, it is a good idea to drain it thoroughly. According to Movers.com, you should turn on the warm water for about 30 seconds and drain the remaining water into a container. You can then turn off the water supply and unplug the water hoses and place them inside the washer. Mayflower recommends leaving the washer door open for 24 hours. This will ensure the washer is thoroughly dry, thus preventing mould...