Shipping containers are the best way to transport large shipments globally, but they’re also now used to build small-scale construction projects like homes and shops. There are several important things you need to consider before purchasing a shipping container including shipping details, costs, and delivery.
Shipping containers are not just used for transporting materials across the globe. They can be used to construct and build homes, shops or businesses, outdoor bars or venues, garages, cabins, and many more creative ways. You can use them for various projects due to their shape and size. Shipping containers are a multi-purpose tool useful for homeowners, business owners, customized projects, and anyone looking to store or ship large amounts of cargo.
Storage, Size, and Quantity
What are you using your shipping container for? Are you using it for storage or building purposes, and where are you transporting it? You must consider the load you are storing in the shipping container and the types of things you will put in it. Certain objects or items must be packed with special care in order to preserve them. These items can include, but are not limited to liquor, jewelry, food, open bottles, flammable containers, spray cans, and any important documents or paperwork.
You will also need to consider what size shipping container you will need for your project. How much are you putting in the container? A 20’ shipping container may be ideal for you if you are using it for storage or shipping. If you are transporting or storing larger items, such as home furnishings, a bigger shipping container may work better for you.
If you are building a custom home and modifying a shipping container or several, a 40’ container would be better for you. This bigger container would be ideal for a two-bedroom home and perfect for constructing a home for your family. If you are building a residence with three or more bedrooms you may need more than one container or a bigger size.
40’ storage containers can fit a car or truck inside them, which is ideal for shipping your vehicle or storing it. Shipping containers can also be transformed into garages to store your vehicle. You will have to decide the amount you are storing, the size of the container you will need, and how many.
Shipping containers have several advantages regardless of what will you use them for. They are difficult to break into and will keep your materials secure. No one would be able to walk away with your container, as they are made of steel and quite large. You will also be participating in sustainable practices because shipping containers are reused.
Shipping container cost varies and prices increase with size. You need to make sure you can afford to buy the container and have a deposit and agreement ready with the company you are ordering from and shipping with. Most shipping companies offer an extensive selection of payment, but it is up to you to determine the most practical way to pay for this.
Time and Planning
Once you have decided which shipping container is right for you, you will need to figure out which shipping company you will use. Whether you are using your container for shipping your belongings or for customization and building, time is important in this part of the process.
You will need to make sure you have all the documents, paperwork, and necessary permits in order. There are specific details needed for the verification process of your delivery, including your social safety amount for the transportation of your container. The container transport cannot be authorized until you provide this amount and your shipping and delivery carrier will need this information as soon as possible. You will also need to choose a delivery day for your shipment. Time is especially important in this case if you are shipping overseas, but also key for local deliveries.
Keep in mind shipping times if you are trying to stick to a time sensitive plan. Standard shipping may take at least 7 business days, and you may be waiting over than a week for your container. Consider the time you order your container if you are looking to make quicker progress with its arrival. You will need to think ahead in order to adhere your plans.
If you’re considering purchasing a shipping container in the future, get in touch with our team to see how we can help you accomplish your goals.