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Updated: Jan 4, 2019

Learn more about buying a shipping container.

Tips on buying a shipping container for storage

Shipping Containers for Storage

1. Do you need a temporary or permanent storage solution?

If you're looking for a temporary solution, look into renting a shipping container or portable storage unit like PODS for example. A container is an investment in money and don't want to be stuck with a container on your property you don't need.

2. What is your budget?

Contrary to popular belief, containers are not least not anymore. Container prices have gone up in the past few years and are expected to keep rising. While they are usually more affordable than other storage options,they are still an investment. Before setting your budget, think about what kind of quality you're looking for. Think about what you are planning to store...does it matter if it gets wet? If it doesn't matter, then you can get away with purchasing a non- refurbished container- these will have dents, holes, rust, and even damage to the structure.

3. Wind and Watertight containers- perfect for storage.

If you are looking for a wind and watertight container you should expect the following quality:

-No holes

-No leaks

-Doors are sound and can open and close easily

-Structurally sound

-Door seals are intact and function properly

-Flooring is intact and not soggy

Please note: These containers WILL HAVE dents and rust. They will most likely come with the factory paint and decals from their shipping line/ leasing company.

Visit our equipment page for pricing on these units.

4. Ensuring Quality

A) Make sure you buy your shipping container from a reputable dealer that is knowledgable in container repairs and container grade.

B) Ask for pictures if you're dealing with someone on craigslist or offer up. Make sure they send you pictures of all four panels, flooring, interior roof, and doors.If you are dealing with a depot or dealer, we may not be able to send you pictures as our containers are in stacks but we will always guarantee quality.

C) You can always reach out to your dealer if you have any future questions or concerns.

5. Container Transport

Transportation is usually NOT included. If you do not have a forklift with the capacity to unload the container you will need to hire a tilt bed truck or landoll carrier. Transport via tilt bed is expensive and will usually start at $200 depending on your location.

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