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Storage trailers are some of the most popular rentals, used for a wide variety of purposes. They're popular with businesses that haul and transport goods frequently, such as repair and service organizations, but also with individuals moving household items. Storage trailers are designed to protect and secure any cargo.
You may buy, rent, or lease a trailer. However, if you have only the occasional need for a storage trailer, renting and leasing are probably the more cost-effective options.
Why Rent a Storage Trailer?
Storage trailers offer a variety of advantages, starting with greater flexibility, efficiency, and adaptability when compared to permanent storage buildings. Leasing is also a great option for businesses with temporary space requirements, such as storing surplus inventory during holidays.
Renting is also a great option if you don't want to deal with the hassles of repair and maintenance, as these duties remain with the vendor, not the renter. Finally, a lease or rental means you're only paying for storage when demand requires it.
Points to Consider before Leasing or Renting a Storage Trailer
Before signing any contracts or choosing a particular vendor, make sure it's a quality trailer and consider the following points to help manage costs.
- Business needs: Consider your business needs carefully. How much use do you expect the trailer to get? If you have no need for permanent storage, renting or leasing makes perfect sense. If you need extra storage for half of the year every year, or need it on a regular basis (such as quarterly), it's cheaper in the long run to buy a storage trailer outright.
- Size: Cost depends partly on size. You don't want to pay for more storage space than you actually need. Typically, trailers are categorized by length, usually in 10' units. You can also find units with wider doors, higher ceilings, and sometimes in shorter lengths (though 20' and 40' are the most common).
- Features: These trailers are designed to store a wide variety of items. Some, such as foods and beverages, require climate control and even refrigeration. Others hold hazardous or corrosive materials. Other features include lighting, security (special locks and doors), windows, and more. Talk to the rep about what you need to store and he or she can tell you what types of special features you might need.
Sample Costs to Lease or Rent a Storage Trailer
Prices for leasing or renting storage trailers vary based on a number of factors. Some of these factors include:
- Your location (basic price differences based on geography, as well as local taxes)
- The lease or rental period
- The type of storage trailer you need
- The size of the storage trailer
- Particular features that you require
Without knowing your exact requirements, an accurate estimate is impossible. However, the following rough estimates give you an idea of the cost to rent or lease a storage trailer.
- Renting a 10' storage trailer averages between $60 and $80 per month.
- Renting a 20' storage trailer averages between $50 and $100 per month.
- Renting a 30' storage trailer averages between $120 and $180 per month.
- Renting a 40' storage trailer averages between $150 and $200 per month.
- A 40' high cube storage trailer averages between $180 and $250 per month.
- A 2000 Great Dane measuring 53' by 102" rents for between $200 and $300 per month, with a lease price between $180 and $250 per month.
- A 2004 Wabash measuring 48' by 102" rents for between $120 and $150 per month, with a lease price between $100 and $120 per month.