How to Buy Shipping Containers This Festive Season

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How to Buy Shipping Containers This Festive Season

Shipping containers are designed not only for transportation of bulk material across geographical regions but also can be modified to fit in different industrial applications including as accommodation units, workshops, warehousing, shops, and static storage, among other applications. These containers are the most effective way to carry or store you material this holiday as they are designed to ensure durability and to withstand salt, weight, and moisture, thus ensuring the safety of your materials. In the recent few years, the applications of these containers have increasingly been diversified and one may consider applying them as offices, homes, or stores. This is important as it allows for easier shifting from location to location without need to rebuild stores or offices as required. Considering the reasons behind your need for a container, it is important to know the lingo used in selling them and to conduct an extensive research on the available options before purchasing one. The following steps will guide you in making an informed choice:

  1. Length of application period

In case you need a container for a short period, such as this festive period or for a few months, you may consider renting a container instead of buying one. This way, you will not be required to dispose or sell it when you are done with the intended application.

  1. Assess your needs and the required length

The containers size is very important in relation to the set aside space for its use and the needed capacity. It is important to note that size determines the cost of the container, where a 40 foot (12.2 m) container is more expensive as compared to a 20 foot (6.1 m) container. As such, it is important to measure ones needs and the required space in order to avoid incurring high cost on unutilized space or having to purchase a second container due to initially underestimated space. The common container height include 9 feet 6 inches and 8 feet 6 inches. Most containers are 8 feet wide, though the width varies to a high of 48 feet.

  1. Consult the space where you are planning to place the shipping container

It is important to note that there may be restrictions concerning the placing of such structures on a given premise with other factors considered. There may be countrywide or local ordinances that may restrict the use of such containers in all areas except for a few. Thus, it is important to consult the appropriate administration concerning the intention. Other considerations of space include allocation of delivery space, which is mostly double the container’s length plus 10 feet. In addition, it is important to ensure that the location is level to facilitate safety when using the container.container1

  1. Consider the various used shipping container options and conditions available

It is important to note that anything that is defined as used can be relatively new or well-worn. Thus, one has to assess their needs and acquire the containers with optimum conditions for their needs. Consider the following guidelines:

  • Consider purchasing or hiring “one-trip” containers if you are looking for new like conditions. These containers may have a few scratches from the initial trip but they are relatively close to new in condition.
  • Purchase or hire containers made of “corten-steel” in case you want to apply the containers in settings that are close to the ocean or under inclement weather. This type of container can also be applied in a construction environment and it is built to withstand severe weather conditions without rusting.
  • In case you prefer a container that is freshly painted as opposed to one that has been refurbished, it is important to look out for the “factory paint” label. The Factory paint means that the container has only been painted once since its manufacturing. Refurbished containers sometimes face the problem of peeling paint and resultant rust.


  1. Contact a local shipping container provider

In order to have more detailed information concerning containers, it is important to call a local provider of such containers. This will allow you to ask the questions that are relevant to your needs. We are a family run business and we offer Containers for hire and sale. It is also important as it will allow you to organize on how you can visit our warehouse and personally inspect the containers to ensure that they meet your specifications thus making an informed choice and purchase.

Do you need a shipping Container? Give us a call on 0722619631 or Click here to contact us