Shipping containers are not only a transport medium but also a storage solution for business people and homeowners all around the world. Buying a shipping container requires a lot of careful considerations. Below is an excerpt discussing four things you should know when buying a shipping container.
They Vary in Size and Design
Most people are aware of the standard 20 and 40-foot containers. However, they may not be aware that there are other shipping container dimensions, only that they are not as common as the 20 and 40-foot varieties. Shipping containers also come in various designs. For example, they could have open-top, side, or double doors.
They Come in Various Conditions
Shipping containers are rigid. However, they are prone to damages such as rust, wrapping, and dents over time. As such, it would be wise to be cautious when buying a used shipping container. Preferably, inspect the container before purchase. Alternatively, ask for a formal container inspection report. The report will detail all of the container's defects to help you establish whether it is a worthwhile investment.
If you wish to purchase a new container but cannot afford one, consider buying a one-trip container. These are used containers that have been used for a single voyage. They are relatively similar to a new container, only that they have been used once in their lifetime.
Sellers Offer After-Sales Services
Most shipping container dealers will price their containers competitively. However, the distinguishing feature among the various sellers is the after-sales services that they offer their clients. For example, some will offer free shipping if you are within their locality. Buyers located further away will get discounted shipping. Some dealers will offer to fabricate the container if you wish to convert it to a home, office, or shop. It saves you the hassle of having to look for another person to fabricate the container.
They Offer Rental Options
Your needs should be the primary determinant of whether you should buy or rent the container. Typically, shipping container rental would be ideal for people who require the container for a short period. It would also be a perfect option for people who cannot afford a new container but cannot find a used container that meets their specifications. Some dealers will allow you to negotiate a rent-to-own option that enables you to own the shipping container eventually.
When getting a shipping container, determine the required size and features, ask for an inspection report, go for sellers that offer complementary services, and consider getting a shipping container rental.