Whether you want to rent a shipping container for additional storage, a construction project or a mobile office, it’s important to do your homework prior to settling on a provider. That involves asking a lot of questions. Once you have several rates to compare, as well as answers to all your queries, you can make the most informed decision possible.
Here are seven questions you should ask before renting a storage container.
#1: Do I need a permit for the container?
Before renting, you need to research any municipal rules concerning containers in your community. You could contact your city or county to determine if local ordinances against containers are in the books.
#2: What sizes and/or types of containers do you have?
This will vary by provider, but most offer a variety of containers in several different sizes and types. Here at Container King, we offer many different container sizes, such as:
- 10 ft.
- 20 ft.
- 40 ft.
- 45 ft.
Some are convenient for on-site storage solutions while others are ideal for mobile offices. The one you choose will depend on the intended usage, your budget and time frame.
#3: How much delivery space do you need?
A proper amount of open space is necessary for easy delivery of the container to your site. Container King shipping containers are delivered on a tilt bed truck. This requires that the area be flat and free of obstacles so the driver can maneuver the delivery trailer into place. You’ll have to check the entire access path to ensure at least 14 feet of clearance from the ground to overhead obstacles, like trees, utility lines and building overhangs. A loaded tilt bed truck will need 12-foot wide clearance.
#4: How long is the rental period?
Standard rental container industry periods are 28-day terms. Container King collects the delivery charge, first period’s rent and security deposit up-front.
#5: How long will it take to get my storage container?
Usually delivery takes place between one and three business days from receipt of order.
#6: How long does the actual delivery take?
We can’t speak for everybody, but here at Container King, it takes about 30 minutes or less to deliver your container. Because drivers often deliver multiple containers per day, if the delivery time exceeds an hour, the other deliveries will face a delay with possible rescheduling. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for your delivery. Otherwise, a time charge of $75/hour for each additional hour on-site may be imposed.
#7: What can I use the containers for?
This will depend on your intended usage, but overall, you can rent storage containers for:
- Job site storage
- Self-storage facilities
- Construction storage
- Mobile field office
- Tool storage
- Overflow equipment storage
- Inventory storage
- School buildings and surplus supplies
- Movable exhibition spaces
- Agriculture storage
- Break rooms and lunch rooms
Contact Container King
To learn more about our storage container rental prices and terms, contact us toll free at 866-961-5464.