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Top Tips When Buying And Renting Shipping Containers

Hazel Bailey

Traditionally, shipping containers are used in the transport industry to move goods by sea, road or air. However, in recent years people have increasingly modified the containers for use as homes, business premises or storage spaces. Below are some tips to guide you as you purchase or hire shipping containers.

Purchasing A Shipping Container

Check the container size. Standard containers are 20 or 40 feet. However, you will find other variations such as 10, 30 or 50 feet. The primary benefit of buying a standard container is that it is easy to sell when you no longer need it. To know what size of container you need, evaluate your intended use and the available space on your premises.

You could either purchase a new or used container. New containers may be expensive; however, they will last a lot longer. There are several categories of used containers. A one-trip container is one that has been used for one trip. These containers are usually in a near-new state and will give value for your money. Certified shipping containers may not be new; however, they are in excellent condition. A used container labelled 'as is' may have defects such as rust and dents.

Check the internet to identify shipping container dealers in your country. Most reputable dealers employ certified inspectors to check the condition of the shipping container. You may want to avoid brokers since they are likely to hike the container's price. Other than the purchase price, you should also check extra costs such as transport and insurance. For instance, most companies will charge more if you want the container delivered by a tilt flatbed as opposed to a standard flatbed trailer.

Hiring A Shipping Container

Below are some tips to help you when hiring a shipping container: 

  • Check the available containers. For instance, some companies will provide modified containers to be used as storage spaces or offices.
  • Compare the price strategies of a few companies to avoid businesses that overprice the service.
  • Check the terms of hire. Typically, consider companies that offer free delivery and insurance.
  • Inquire about the previous use of the container. For instance, a container used to store chemicals may contaminate food products. Additionally, the company should have a friendly return policy if they provide the wrong container.

The secret to hiring or purchasing a shipping container is working with licenced and reputable companies. These businesses will offer guarantees and provide shipping container inspection certificates. Besides, you will get a good price on the shipping container.

For more information, contact a shipping container sales service.