Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Shipping Container

You’ve made the decision – you need to rent a shipping container. However with so many options out there, you may find yourself scratching your head and scrolling and scrolling for what may seem like hours just to make one smart decision. 


Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a quick cheat sheet on what information you really need to know to make a well informed decision? Today we are going to spend 5 minutes breaking down the top 4 things you *really* need to know about renting a shipping container.


  1. Determine its primary purpose. Your needs will vary slightly depending on your purpose for renting a shipping container. Whether you need the extra space to:
    •  Store your belongings for a move/remodel in a 20 ft box
    • Set up a temporary office space for a job site in a 10ft of 20ft container office 
    • If storing pallets or  bulk inventory, we recommend a 40ft container.

 The extra storage is immediate, secure and provides you the opportunity to get organized on your own time and schedule. Ensure that your container meets your needs today and allows for a little growing room in the future.


  1. Where do you look for a shipping container to rent? Determine the location you would like the box delivered to. It is important to remember that the more miles associated with the delivery, the greater the cost. Working with a local container company helps keep your delivery cost low. For example, Simple Box is a local container company in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Idaho. This means that we are able to deliver our containers in a timely and efficient manner. If you are outside of that region, search “storage container rentals near me” for personalized, local service. 

  2. Know the terms. The cost to rent a storage container typically depends on container size, rental period and distance traveled. At Simple Box, there isn’t a minimum rental period and there are no hidden fees. You can keep your Box for as long or as short as you want!  Here’s what you can expect on your rental invoice:
    • Initial Delivery
    • First Month’s Rent
    • Pre-paid Pick Up of the unit when you are all done.

It’s important to be aware of extra fees that some container companies charge for such as: damage insurance, fuel surcharge and 28-day billing cycles which can add up to an extra month of charges.


  1. Start the process. Once you have gone through steps 1-3, you are now ready to start the rental process! Extra storage is within grasp. First, choose the delivery location,  container size and price range that works for you. Second choose your delivery date and schedule here. Third, enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a secure container.

At Simple Box, we believe that everyone should have access to stress-free storage. For more information about shipping containers and the services we provide, contact us today.

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