4 Things to Keep In Mind When Buying Used Shipping Containers

There are millions of unused shipping containers that can be found throughout the United States. These containers are great for all kinds of uses, including additional storage space, commercial pop up shops, and can even be used as residential housing.

If you’re in the market for some used or new shipping containers, it’s important to go into the transaction with as much information as possible. From understanding average shipping container sales to accessing delivery fees, here are some important things to consider when purchasing used shipping containers:

  1. Delivery payments and fees — Depending on how far your container will have to travel to get to your home or site, you could end up paying a significant amount of money on delivery fees. Typically, the higher the mileage, the more money you’ll have to pay. Plus, if your property is difficult to access or get a container setup, you could end up paying even more.
  2. Container inspections — On average, only between 2% and 10% of shipping containers are inspected. Without a proper inspection, not only will you risk not gaining permission for your container to be placed on a certain site, you might end up having a lower quality container than you paid for. Simply scheduling an inspection before your final purchase will prevent these issues from happening.
  3. Find out if you need permission for where the container will be located — Most construction and retail sites will require you to get permission prior to placing it on their lot. Similarly, even if you plan on having a container placed on your own property, you still might have to get permission. It’s important to contact your city, county, and neighborhood association to find out the exact container requirements.
  4. Ask about site prep — Depending on the size and condition of the container you purchase, as well as the amount of time it will be stored there, the site prep time will likely vary. If your container will be in place for months at a time, or you’re storing multiple containers, you’ll likely need to go through much more preparation work. Beware of storing a container on ground that floods easily or is uneven.
  5. What kind of supplier you’re purchasing from — Typically, there are two options for buying used containers: third party sellers and local suppliers. Third party sellers might end up charging you a higher price for a lower quality container, so beware. Local suppliers usually have much better options.

If you’re looking for quality used shipping containers for sale in NY, make sure you’re considering everything above and contact Integrated Equipment Sales right away.

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