People struggle on a daily basis with running out of storage space.
Where do they put it all?
Shipping containers make great, long-term, economical self-storage options. Shipping container storage makes sense. To get the longest durability and most use from your container, prepare your ground properly. This can help reduce corrosion on the bottom of your container unit and maintain your container warranty.
We understand how important this is, and we have done the research for you in this handy guide:
Location for Delivery
Before accepting delivery of a 5 ton container, it is critical to know where the container should be placed. Will the location make it convenient for you to get to your stuff in your container? How far is it from the container site to where you need to take the items inside? Also, what are you giving up if you use the space for the container? If you plan this out, you can make the best decision, and take advantage of the best spot.
Don’t forget that the driver needs to know your plans so that your container can be delivered to the correct spot. Is there any additional equipment needed to assist with offloading your new container to the location that you choose? Make sure to plan an obstruction free area for delivery of the container, and that the driver won’t have any problems making it through to exactly where you would like to have this container delivered. Keep in mind that you may end up having to clear out trees and shrubs in order that the driver can make it to the delivery location without any mishaps. Consider how much space you will need to place your container.
Prepare the Ground
Make sure to remember that the actual ground where the container will go will need to be prepared as well. One very effective way to do this is with a gravel pad, which allows the container to have a place to rest that is the same size as the container. Then it is important to make sure that the container is elevated to prevent rotting. Another great way is by using boards or blocks.
Avoid a Low Lying Foundation
It you live in an area that is susceptible to flooding, it is critical to plan that your container is placed high enough to have enough drainage. You don’t want to deal with a container sinking into the mud on a low lying foundation area. It would be best to use pavement, cement, gravel, hard grass or dirt for this. It is good to keep these things in mind when planning.
Check Into Any Storage Restrictions That You Could Face
Before you prepare your site for a shipping container, make sure you research if there are any restrictions against on- site storage in your area. Make sure that your city, county and subdivision does not have restrictions on storage. It could be a matter of just making sure that you have the proper permit that cities or counties require for how and where you want to put your container. Nobody wants to deal with a fine and checking this out ahead of time will save you the headache.
Make Sure Your Container Will Last
You can do everything you can to prepare for the delivery, physically getting everything in order, but it doesn’t end there. Everything outlined above is essential to make sure your container will last, but what if something still goes wrong, say 6 weeks down the road? That is why it is key to make sure to work with a company that has a guarantee or warranty, should there be any problems at some point. Also consider new shipping containers for sale.
What Is the Next Step?
Do you have questions about setting up your container delivery? Do you need to know who to speak with to get a permit for your container? We’ve got you covered just give us a call at (805) 206-6963.