5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Storage Containers

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If you’re in the market for a storage container, you’re about to make a smart choice! Storage containers have become the go-to solution for secure and portable storage. However, like any significant purchase, there are pitfalls to avoid. Here are five common mistakes you should steer clear of when buying shipping containers for storage:

1. Neglecting Inspection:

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An important step to take when purchasing your storage container, especially if you’ve never stepped foot inside one, is to request to see it and inspect it. Check for rust, holes, and any sort of structural damage before you finalize your purchase. Depending on what you plan on storing or turning your container into, you will need to look inside to ensure it’s clean and odor-free.

2. Ignoring Size Matters:

If you’re unfamiliar with storage containers, you may not be aware that they come in multiple sizes and a couple of height options. Overestimating or underestimating your storage needs can be a costly mistake. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of what you intend to store and how much space you’ll require.  You’ve also got to know how much space you need at the time of delivery.

3. Overlooking Delivery Logistics:

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We’re confident that we can deliver to most locations, but delivery can sometimes be more complicated than you think. Make sure you’ve considered the logistics of delivery, including access to your property, permits, and any necessary equipment for unloading. Containers need to be delivered on firm, level ground. You also should consider how the ground can shift when you place a shipping container. Sometimes, these containers can sink after it rains.

4. Skipping a Reputable Supplier:


Buying a shipping container is an investment, and it’s essential to choose a reputable supplier like American Trailer Rentals. Avoid the mistake of going for the cheapest option without doing your homework. Scams are common in the container world. Look for suppliers with a track record of providing quality containers and excellent customer service. Reading reviews and seeking recommendations can help you make an informed choice. If your supplier won’t allow you to see or inspect your container, it may be a scam. If the supplier has a container yard where you can physically go to check out the units and pick one yourself, then it’s a safe bet.

5. Forgetting to Check Local Regulations:

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Depending on where you live, there may be local regulations, zoning restrictions, or permit requirements for placing a shipping container on your property. Make sure to research and comply with these regulations to avoid any legal issues down the road.

Purchasing a shipping container for storage is a fantastic solution for many storage needs, but it’s not without its potential pitfalls. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure a smooth and successful container purchase. So, before you embark on your storage container journey, take the time to plan, inspect, and choose wisely! Call us today or visit our site for a quote!