Planning a Home Reno? These Storage Tips Will Save You Time, Money and Stress!

Planning a home renovation? These storage tips will save you time, money and stress!BigSteelBox has been supporting Canadians with their home renovation projects for years.

Our mobile storage containers offer the perfect storage solution for any major renovation project by helping eliminate some of the stress typically associated with storing your belongings during the construction process.

We’ve seen a large increase in the number of customers preparing to take on a major home renovation over the past year, likely a direct result of steadily increasing house prices in Canada’s hottest markets. Rather than buying a new home in the face of all-time high real estate prices, many Canadians are choosing to improve their living spaces themselves, to create the homes they want instead of buying a new home.

In fact, Statistics Canada recently revealed that over the last 10 years, Canadians have increased the amount they spend on home renovations from $45 billion to $71 billion! Albertans spent a record $1.8 billion in the first quarter of 2017, and other provinces aren’t far behind.

If you’re one of the many people who have decided to improve their current home, or you’ve been through one in the past, you know that countless hours are spent planning for a renovation.

However, in our experience one important aspect is often overlooked: the need for secure and convenient storage when your home becomes a construction zone.

We know that taking on a renovation is no easy feat, and we’re experts when it comes to providing secure and convenient storage for homeowners. So, we’ve put together some information and tips on how to choose the right storage solution to help your home reno go as smoothly as possible.
 

1. Mobile Storage - How Much Will it Cost?

A BigSteelBox shipping container used for storage during a home renovationIf you’ve been through the process of finding a temporary storage solution in the past, you’ll know it can be stressful and confusing. Finding a storage option that is both convenient and affordable adds another layer of complexity and anxiety to the renovation process.

You’re probably wondering: What does mobile storage cost?

If you choose to go with a portable storage container, monthly rental rates and delivery fees will vary between storage companies, depending on the type of product you choose and your location.

At most of our BigSteelBox locations, our monthly rental rate is $149 a month for a 20’ BigSteelBox, which is the size that most customers choose for a renovation project.

You can see your local rates by choosing your city from our Locations section. Prices also vary based on the size of Box you choose to rent.

With BigSteelBox, you’re getting a very secure, steel shipping container that is wind, water and rodent-proof. Be aware that not all storage containers are created equal. Some mobile storage units have steel frames with aluminum skin panels. These types of containers can leak, be susceptible to rodents, and can bend and shift under the weight of its contents. Be sure you fully understand the type of container you’ll need for your project. (Learn more about the security of a BigSteelBox in point #2 below.)

Most of our BigSteelBox Stores have their own delivery trucks as well, which helps us keep delivery charges down because we don’t have to hire a third party trucking company.

When sourcing quotes from storage companies, be sure it includes the cost of rent and also the trucking so there are no surprises on your final bill.

At BigSteelBox, we’re transparent about our pricing from the get-go – the price we quote you is the price you will pay. That’s our commitment to our customers.

Learn more about how to plan and stay on budget for your home reno: House Renovation Costs (And a Handy Home Renovation Guide)
 

2. Choose a Convenient and Trustworthy Storage Solution

When you’re taking on a significant renovation project, you could be packing up a large portion of your home and valuable items on top of storing construction equipment, tools and materials. Knowing that your belongings are safe from theft and the elements is going to make your renovation project much less stressful.

You definitely have choices when it comes to self-storage. From Storage Lockers, to Mini-Storage Units, to other types of mobile storage containers, there are pros and cons to each option.

So, now you’re probably wondering: What’s the most secure form of self-storage? And… What makes BigSteelBox different from other storage solutions?

Here’s the short answer: In addition to making customer service and satisfaction our top priority, BigSteelBox shipping containers are extremely secure. In fact, they are far more secure than most storage options that are not shipping containers.

BigSteelBoxes are made of 8-guage steel and have heavy duty doors that create a watertight seal. Shipping containers are built for ocean transport, so they will withstand harsh weather and keep out rodents so that your belongings come out in the same condition they went in. And, every new BigSteelBox rental container comes equipped with a Lock Box that protects your padlock from bolt cutters.

Check out the posts below to read in detail how BigSteelBox compares to other storage companies:

3. Choose the Most Convenient Storage Option to Complete Your Home Renovation Faster

Storage container in driveway during home renoHome renos often take longer than planned. So, during a renovation, you’re going to want to maximize your time, especially if you’re also balancing work, family and other responsibilities.

Storage lockers and mini storage units require you to bring your things to their location. For many people, loading your belongings into a truck, transporting them to a storage facility, unloading again and then repeating takes too much time and effort.

Our customers typically choose us for the security, flexibility and convenience we offer compared to other alternatives.

Choosing BigSteelBox means that your storage container will be delivered to your home. You’ll have no need to rent or borrow a truck to get to the storage facility; we bring the Box, you fill it and keep it on your property.

Storing your BigSteelBox on your property throughout the renovation project allows you to access to your stuff quickly and easily. We also provide shelf brackets, which can be used to create shelves in the Box to make the storage space easier to use.

However, if you don’t have room to keep your Box at your home, we’ll store it at one of our secure storage yards for as long as is needed. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your stuff is safe at our storage facility, and you can still get access to your Box when you need to by giving your Store 24 hours’ notice (Note: access to loaded containers on our site is available at most locations - contact us for details).

We Can Help Make Your Home Reno a Success!

At BigSteelBox, we firmly believe that much like moving to a new home, we can help you reduce the stress caused by a renovation.  We do everything we can to ensure our customers have a pleasant experience when it comes to storing belongings whether you keep the Box at your place or ours.

Contact your local BigSteelBox store today at 1-800-373-1187 or send us a quote request online to find out how we can help service your short or long-term storage needs for your upcoming home renovation project.
 

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