How Portable Storage Containers Helps during a Home Restoration Project
Talking about home restoration projects is never a fun subject for homeowners. That’s because it means they’re dealing with extreme damage that will most likely force them out of their homes for a period of time.
Whether the damage was caused by a natural disaster like a flood or tornado, or it’s the result of a house fire or water leak, these are always very stressful times for the families involved.
Damaged Caused by Natural Disasters
Canadians aren’t strangers to harsh weather conditions and natural disasters that may leave our homes damaged and in need of repair. In 2017, many Canadians across the country encountered floods, fires, high winds and tornadoes. These terrible incidents caused billions of dollars in damage.
The Government of Canada website has a extensive information on how to you can prepare for weather hazards, as well as what you should do during and immediately after a weather emergency, such as a floods, tornadoes or wildfire.
While fires and tornadoes usually cause significant damage that will keep you from re-entering your home for an extended period of time, flooding can have varying levels of severity. If your home has experienced a minor flood, here’s some information that could help:
What To Do After a Flood in Your Home
- Check for structural damage before re-entering your home
- Turn off all water and electrical sources within the home
- Even if power has been disconnected, turn off the main switch in your fuse box
- Turn off all individual fuse connections
- Take pictures of all areas of the home that have sustained damage
- Wear proper protective gear when inspecting the damage (rubber gloves, waders if there is standing water)
- Contact your insurance company (have the contact information in your contacts, or in your emergency bag)
- Review your home insurance policy, and determine the extent of the coverage
- Follow the insurance company’s direction
- If flood is caused by a natural disaster, find out if you’re in a disaster relief area
- Contact a restoration company for an inspection
Learn more about the clean up process following a flood here.
1) Restoration Storage for Homeowners
If your home has been damaged and you must move out while it’s under repair, you’re probably going to need to store some of your things.
Whether it’s furniture, clothing, appliances, or valuables like photo albums and family heirlooms, a BigSteelBox storage container is a great option because your things will be safe inside.
Restoration Projects as Part of an Insurance Claim
In most cases of extreme damage, homeowners will open an insurance claim. If this is the case, a restoration company will likely be hired to repair the damage to the home. The vast majority of a restoration company’s revenue comes through insurance claims so they have a great deal of experience in managing the repairs in a manner that meets the needs of the insurance company as well as the homeowner.
We work with many restoration companies to provide portable storage for their clients. In these situations, the transportation and rental costs of the storage container are covered by the insurance claim. If you feel a container is the best storage option for your belongings, consult with your insurance adjuster or restoration company to clarify what options are available. (We’re biased, but we think it’s a good idea if you ask for a BigSteelBox)
Security that Offers Peace of Mind
BigSteelBoxes are shipping containers made of 8-gauge steel, and have heavy duty steel doors that create a watertight seal. Our Boxes are wind, water and rodent-proof. Plus, all of our rental containers come equipped with a Lock Box, which is a heavy steel shield that protects your padlock from bolt-cutters.
So, you can rest assured that your things will be safe and dry inside your Box as long as they are stored. Learn more about the security of a BigSteelBox.
Convenient Storage on Your Property
While most restoration projects are covered by insurance, there are cases where the homeowner will be responsible for the repairs. This can happen if it is determined that the homeowner or tenant was responsible for the damage, if the insurance policy did not cover the cause of the damage, or if the damage isn’t significant enough to file a claim.
If you do not have to move out of your home during the restoration project, but feel extra storage would be helpful, having a BigSteelBox on your property during this time is a great option. This is especially true if you want easy access to your belongings while repairs are in progress.
We’ll deliver a Box to your home and place it in a location that is convenient for you to pack and access while you have it on rent. The most common size storage container we rent is a 20’ BigSteelBox, however, if you need less storage space or have limited space to place a Box, we also rent smaller 8’ and 10’ containers.
Learn more about the having Portable Storage at your Home.
Secure Storage at a BigSteelBox Facility
If you don’t have room to keep a BigSteelBox on your property during a home restoration project, you can have your loaded container moved to a secure BigSteelBox storage facility.
We will deliver a BigSteelBox to your home so that you can pack it. Once it’s full, you place the padlock on your Box, so only you have the key. Then, we’ll pick up your container and move it to the BigSteelBox Store nearest you.
And don’t worry, you can still get access to your things when you need to. Just call your BigSteelBox store 24 business hours in advance and we’ll make sure your storage container is placed in our customer access area for the next day.
Learn more about Storage at Our Location.
2) Mobile Storage Containers for Restoration Companies
We’ve been supplying secure mobile storage to restoration companies for years. We understand that time is of the essence for most restoration jobs, so we always work to have your BigSteelBox delivered quickly.
Our extensive inventory of shipping containers allows us to handle urgent requests efficiently. Plus, our local service representatives are backed up by our Contact Center, so it's always easy to speak to a BigSteelBox staff member when you need to.
BigSteelBox has more locations across Canada than any other mobile storage company. As such, we’re able to provide reliable, consistent service to restoration companies that serve many cities and towns across the country.
Learn more about BigSteelBox Restoration Storage Services.
We’re Here to Provide Restoration Storage that Makes the Process Easier
Whether you’re a homeowner dealing with a restoration project, or the company who’s doing the restoration work, we’re here to provide you with a reliable storage option to make the entire project easier.