Tips before you buy your first shipping container
Buying your first shipping container for your new project can be a fun moment if you know what you’re doing with it. Unfortunately, far too many people buy their first shipping container without any idea how to actually use a shipping container. I hear what you’re saying: “it can’t be too hard to use a shipping container!” Which is true; it’s not too hard to use your shipping container – if you know how to.
Here are a range of insider tips for looking after and using your new shipping container. It’s worth considering the advice in this blog post before you buy your first one. After all, once you’ve purchase it, it’s very hard for you to reverse the process.
Smaller doesn’t mean cheaper
A small shipping container is going to be cheaper because it’s smaller. That’s the logical assumption, anyway. Unfortunately, the prices of shipping containers don’t follow this formula; it’s actually cheaper to buy a bigger container the majority of the time. When you’re initially looking for containers, this can leave you ending up paying more than you first think.
One example would be if you’re trying to purchase 10ft containers for your business. Although this is obviously smaller than 20ft or 40ft container, it can end up costing more than either of the other two. This is because a 10ft container isn’t the average size, meaning that more work is involved for creating this size of container.
Although not all bigger containers are going to be the same price or less than a smaller alternative, we’re just advising that you look at the prices of smaller and bigger before you make your decision. You might have a pleasant surprise, ending up with more space that you thought you’d get.
Containers can be refreshed
When it comes to containers, you might just presume that yours is going to last forever when it first arrives. After all, you don’t first think about how you’re going to protect your investment when it arrives at your premises.
Ultimately, containers are not cheap. They’re not something that you’re going to want to invest in on a regular basis. This might lead you worrying about how long your container is actually going to last before you have to make another big investment in new ones. Fortunately, that’s something that you’re not going to have to worry about.
Containers can be completely refurbished, and there are methods that you can take to stop a container from degrading before it gets to the stage of requiring refurbishment.
One thing that you can use to help your containers battle external corrosion is paint. Although paint might seem like something that’s completely cosmetic, it isn’t as purely cosmetic as it first seems.
Paint helps you protect your container, although it does depending on the thickness that is used. If you want to repaint your own container, it’s important for you to clean down your used container before you start.
Choose the right supplier
Our last point is that you should always make sure that you’re working with the right people. That is, the right container supplier.
It’s really easy to find out if you’re working with a reliable and trustworthy container supplier. If their containers have all of the right accreditations and they all meet (or exceed) the guidelines that have been set out, you know that you can trust the containers that they’re supplying to you.
Before you buy from anybody, you can find out a lot of information about their business on the internet first. This can help you to decide whether to buy from them or not.