9 Steps To Acquiring A Shipping Container

 In Buy, Rent, Shipping containers, Storage Solutions

Perhaps you have already done some investigation concerning the advantages of shipping containers as storage solutions. Maybe you have begun researching the limitless customizable options for container construction, or possibly you are just curious to learn more about these modular units. A couple of dozen Google searches, some YouTube tutorials or a few phone calls have led you here – to answer the question, “What does the process of purchasing or renting a shipping container entail?”

Whether you are considering a shipping container for personal or professional use, read over the nine steps to renting or purchasing a unit from Saf-T-Box. It is an affordable, convenient and secure solution to fit your needs.

shipping container in shopping cart

1. Establish Its Purpose.

How will you be using your shipping container? Are you looking for a portable storage solution? Constructing an on-site office location? Creating an architecturally innovative home or commercial structure? These strong, secure, weatherproof containers are designed for a variety of personal, industrial and business applications. A unit’s purpose will impact the choice of its size, whether it should be rented or purchased and what modifications it will require.


2. Identify How Long You Will Need The Container.

If you intend to use the container as storage for as little as a few months to as much as a few years, you may want to consider renting a unit. You will not be required to dispose of or sell the shipping container when you are finished. If your needs are more long term, however, purchasing and owning a shipping container may be best.


3. Decide If A New Or Used Container Best Suits Your Needs.

A variety of new, used, modified and refurbished storage containers are available to best fit your needs. Used units are conveniently utilized for storage, whereas “one-way” containers are perfect to outfit with a few custom modifications and use as office buildings or schoolrooms.


4. Resolve Which Size Is Right For You.

Loading capacities vary according to the size of the shipping container. At Saf-T-Box, we offer three size options to choose from. Select a unit that will support the volume it is intended to hold.
10-Foot Container (582 cubic feet)
20-Foot Container (1,164 cubic feet)
40-Foot Container (2,376 cubic feet)

Click here to visualize how much each container can hold.


5. Compile A List Of Ideal Modifications.

Keep this list practical to avoid unnecessary costs. What additions to your shipping container are essential to its functionality? What are some ideal modifications that are vital to include for your specific industry? Organize this list in order of priority.

check list modifications

6. Get A Quote.

Call or email us at Saf-T-Box for a quote according to the size container you desire, its condition as new or used and your desired modifications. We boast a large inventory of ready-to-use units and will help you find the affordable solution for your specific needs.


7. Check The Building Codes.

Review your city and state’s building regulations for the land onto which you plan on placing the shipping container. Be sure you are in compliance beforehand to avoid any difficulties. Building permits may be necessary depending on your intended use.


8. Purchase Or Rent Your Container.

You have done your homework. Now you get to finalize your shipping container purchase or rental.


9. Arrange Delivery.

Trained Saf-T-Box professionals will deliver your unit quickly and safely, usually within 48 hours of purchase or rental.

shipping container transport


From construction sites and schoolyards to retail stores and healthcare centers, our customers rent and buy units for a variety of reasons. Now that you have read over our step-by-step guide to purchase or rent your own shipping container, let our expert staff assist you in designing and selecting a container to meet your specific needs.


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