What to Know Before Buying a Storage Container

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Are you in the market to buy a storage container and wondering what to know before buying a storage container? Whether you need one for a mobile lab, office, clinic, tiny house or pop-up retail space, there are some things to know before signing on the dotted line. Here’s a look at what to keep in mind.

1.    How Long Do You Need it For?

Duration is an important consideration. If you will need a unit for more than a year, it’s best to buy your storage container. But if you only need a temporary solution for a few weeks or months, you’ll be better off renting.

2.    What Size Do You Need?

When it comes to shipping containers, you usually have a couple of broad options in terms of size.

Standard: Choose from 20-foot or 40-foot storage containers. These are the standard options. Most are 8 feet wide x 8 feet 6 inches high, although height and width will vary. Whichever option you choose, it should be approved by the International Standards Organization (ISO), the governing body to ensure safety, quality and consistency. You can fit several standard storage containers together or stack them up to seven units high in most cases.

Custom: This is for when you need non-standard, customized sizes, which are welded together or cut down to a particular size to meet your unique needs. You will pay more for a custom container over a standard one – usually between 20 and 30 percent more.

Non-standard custom sizes include:

  • 45’ length x 8’ width x 8’6” height
  • 30’ length x 8’ width x 8’6” height
  • 15’ length x 8’ width x 8’6” height
  • Extra wide container (10 feet across): this is ideal for storing bulky or large items such as seasonal inventory or heavy machinery.

3.    What Extra Features Do You Need?

Often times, you need extra features, also known as modifications, that can enhance the unit so it meets your needs best. Common add-ons include:

  • Single or double door entry
  • Windows
  • HVAC system
  • Flooring
  • Office/storage space combo
  • Shelving
  • Internal locking system
  • Plumbing

4.    Which Locks Do You Want to Add?

To keep the contents of your container safe from damage or theft, you can add exterior bolt locks and interior locking mechanisms. Make sure the ones you choose are high in quality, as many of today’s exterior locks are easily cut with bolt cutters by thieves. If your unit is located in a secure, heavily-monitored area, you may only need to add an exterior bolt lock.

5.    Do You Have Permission?

You may need to secure a temporary permit from your town in order to place a shipping container on your property, especially if it’s located in a highly-trafficked area or within a residential neighborhood. It all depends on the location, though. A secluded agricultural property may not need a permit, but busy construction and retail sites that are highly visible do.

Contact Kickbox Leasing

Interested in buying a shipping container for business or personal use? Getting a free quote on units is the first step. For that, call us, fill out our online form or email us at sales@kickboxstorage.com. We will gladly answer your questions about the storage containers we offer and important considerations before purchasing.

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