There has been an increasing interest over the utility of storage containers. These can be transformed into rooms and homes. You can also profit from a Storage container. You can do this by offering it for rent or reselling it on a higher price provided that improvements are applied. It may also be reused to start a shipping business. There are currently more than enough used storage containers for all interested buyers. If you shop now, you can find inexpensive storage containers at sea ports or trucking compounds.
Aside from shopping early, there are other ways for you to catch a less expensive but in good condition shipping container. These ways are as follows:
1. Know the terms used in selling storage containers.
If a seller uses unfamiliar terms in his sales talk, you may end up uninterested with the shipping container he is offering. Or maybe, you will fall easily on the offer. On the other hand, if you know the terms used, you can’t be easily fooled by a deceiving seller. You can also get better deals.
One of the terms you might encounter is factory paint. If the shipping container is labeled as such, that means the current paint in the shipping container is the original one. There are no additional coatings applied. When the paint is still in good state, the Storage container may be used for a handful of times or it is well-handled by the shipping company.
The opposite of factory paint is refurbished paint. It means that the shipping container has been repainted for several times.
Another term you will encounter is wind and water tight. A shipping container that has this label is considered strong and secured enough to protect the items inside it from the elements. However, this label also implies the lack of inspection.
If you look for an inspected Storage container, you should also expect the selling price to be higher. An uninspected shipping container may be less expensive but there are times when inspection is needed. The bad thing is, the services of a shipping container inspector are not free of charge. You also need to find one that is near the area where you are shopping for a shipping container. If there is none, you may be tasked to shoulder the travelling expenses of the inspector. So between a wind and water tight shipping container and inspected shipping container, the latter may be cost-effective in more ways.
2. Know all your options.
What better way to do this than searching online? Even popular buying sites such as EBay offer cargo storage containers in various conditions. Aside from shipping companies and buying sites, you can also find sellers in the forms of businessmen in different industries. Those who export and/or import may offer their used storage containers. Non-exporters/importers may also sell their storage containers that previously served as mini-warehouses of their goods.
3. Make an assessment on the physical attributes and conditions of the Storage container.
The length, size, weight, and capacity of a shipping container can affect its selling price. That is why you need to determine the space you will need before shopping. This will not only save you money but will save you time as well.
When it comes to conditions, you can expect that the better ones will be sold at higher prices. The best options for tight-budgeted buyers are those shipping containers that have pinholes together with peeling paint. These minimal damages can reduce the selling price considerably. You will only need to do some repairs afterwards. The good thing is that the repairs can be easily dealt with. You will simply need sealants, paint, and brushes.
4. Plan a simple design.
In transforming your Storage container, repairs and the additions of basic elements are enough. If you want to be creative, explore painting options and space-saving schemes. Don’t make a lot of additions as these will entail additional costs.
The best options for tight-budgeted buyers are those shipping containers that have pinholes together with peeling paint.