Knowing how to use shipping containers efficiently can open up a wide range of transit, relocation and storage opportunities, amongst many other used. If you have always assumed that shipping containers can only be used for freight transit and relocation, you are missing out on what could be the solution you need for your business or personal use.
Uses for shipping containers vary, but include:
- Basic cargo transportation and shipment. 10 foot, 20 foot and 40 foot shipping containers are generally used, and this is how containers tend to be regularly used.
- A number of entrepreneurs are now using shipping containers for bars, shops and cafes – perfect if you just need a small amount of space for your start-up, or you are looking at trialling a pop-up.
- Modified shipping containers are also starting to be widely used for those looking for additional shelter or an area to store larger goods while on a building, construction or mining site. Shipping container shelters can be built to size and can allow storage for all size items, right up to vehicles and heavy equipment. These shelters can be made so they are wind and waterproof.
Second hand shipping containers are becoming popular with those who don’t have a large budget, or just looking for something to get them through a few months, rather than years. There are a variety of reasons to choose a second hand shipping container, including:
- Cost effectiveness – Second hand shipping containers are a cost-effective alternative for your business, private storage, and transportation needs. Many people don’t realise just how cost effective a used shipping container may be – when purchased in good condition, they provide all the benefits of a new container at a fraction of the price.
- Usage and durability- Buying a second hand container doesn’t mean you aren’t getting quality. There are containers that are labelled as “one trip” which means they have been used for one trip, right through to containers that need some work. Second hand containers, while not completely flawless, are adequate for some applications that do not necessitate a totally new solution. Consider your intended usage and if you need a brand new, A-grade or budget container, and you might be able to save some money!
- Price advantages – Not everyone has a huge budget and that’s perfectly ok. The cost of a shipping container is generally determined on two factors – the size and the quality. Larger containers are naturally more expensive, as are those containers that need to be modified for use. Refrigeration, specialised shelves, and electrical wiring are all examples of container upgrades that will raise the price of your container. If you’re on a budget, our friendly team can help you find a shipping container that both meets your needs and your budget.
Many people tend to think that second hand containers aren’t wind and water tight, but that isn’t necessarily the case. If you need a container that will protect your belongings, buying a quality second hand container – a “one trip” container for example, you should have no problems in stopping your belongings being damaged.
Are you considering whether you should purchase a second hand shipping container? Whether you need a general purpose shipping container, a side door container or a wind and water tight container, our friendly team can help you find the 10ft, 20ft and 40ft shipping container to meet your needs.
Give our sales team a call, or make an appointment to come and see us and we’ll find you a container that fits within your budget. You can also get an instant quote online without needing to wait until we’re open.