How Hard Is It to Purchase A Shipping Container?
Steel shipping containers are a cost-effective option if you are looking to put up a portable and strong storage building on your property. It is cheap to transport them from one place to another and you can stack them to save on space. However, as much as conex containers are a godsend to anyone looking to have some extra space, they can be a bit hard to locate and move. Location tends to be the deciding factor. If by any chance you reside next to a port then you may be able to locate quite a few suppliers, but if this is not the case, you may have to get the container trucked in.
If you are working with a budget, you want to avoid containers with any extra modifications or features. This is because they will cost you more and there is a possibility you will have to change their layout to suit your requirements anyway, so just start with the basics.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to shop around and keep your options open. You may find a place with fantastic prices right off the bat, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look a little bit more, you never know what else you could find.
It goes without saying that used storage containers will help you save more money compared to buying a new shipping container. Check around local warehouses and you might find that they have these used conex containers. Here, you can easily negotiate the prices down to a figure that fits your budget accordingly. However, be wary and make sure you fully inspect any container you look at.
Stay Informed, Haggle.
You should always negotiate the price of your container with all sellers you interact with. This is very important because there is a pile-up of containers in the US and in other countries because of the significant trade deficit with these other countries. This means that the seller probably needs to clear the space so naturally, they are motivated to sell their shipping containers and make deals for the sale of multiple units. If you play your cards right you can also get free delivery for your conex container.
Never ever buy a container (or anything for that matter) without being able to see it first. It’s important that you make sure it has no big rust holes, the door locks work perfectly, the doors themselves open smoothly, it doesn’t have any big dents or leaks. Don’t feel bad for checking behind any sellers, even if it’s unintentional they can miss things too and it’s your responsibility to know what you’re buying.