Things To Consider Before Renting a Shipping Container

Things To Consider Before Renting a Shipping Container

Your company or institution may need to rent a refurbished shipping container for many reasons. Whether you need it for a temporary retail space, storage options, or something more versatile, your needs are one of the many things to consider before renting a shipping container. Keeping in mind what you need can make the rental process more straightforward.

Assess Your Space Requirements

One of the first considerations is the size of the shipping container. Containers come in a variety of sizes, typically 10–40 feet in length. Determine how much space you will need for your operations, both the interior and exterior dimensions. You always want to make sure you have enough room for the container you’ll rent.

Check for Modifications and Condition

Many shipping containers are refurbished to cater to business uses, such as pop-up shops or mobile offices. Check if the rental company offers modified containers with features like shelving, lighting, electrical outlets, and insulation. These add-ons can be more cost-effective than making modifications yourself. Also, it’s a good idea to inspect the condition of the container. Ensure it’s weatherproof and secure, especially if you’re going to store valuable items.

Evaluate Accessibility

Another thing to consider before renting a shipping container is where you plan to place it. The location should be easily accessible for delivery, and there should be sufficient space for loading and unloading goods. Also, think about the accessibility for your staff and customers, making sure the location is convenient and provides a good flow of traffic.

Inspect for Functionality

If you’re using the container for sales or as an office, it should be functional for daily operations. Check for ventilation, heating or air conditioning (if required), and even cosmetics. A container that looks professional and inviting can make a good impression on customers and employees alike.

Inquire About Delivery and Pickup

The logistics of getting your shipping container to and from the site is not trivial. Clarify who is responsible for transport and what the costs will entail. Make sure to plan for a timeframe that won’t disrupt the operations of your container needs.

Now that you’re ready to rent, International Port Management Enterprise has everything you need in custom shipping containers. We have a variety of sizes, shapes, and services available to help you find your ideal rental. Contact IPME anytime, and a member of our staff will be happy to help you.