Container Delivery Mistakes to Avoid​

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    If you’re in the market for moving containers for sale or considering storage rental, you’ve likely encountered a variety of options to suit your needs. However, it’s crucial to remember that the successful delivery of your shipping container relies on proper planning and preparation. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience, let’s explore some common container delivery mistakes and how to avoid them.

    Not Clearing the Way for Delivery

    One of the most common mistakes when receiving a shipping container is not having a clear path for the delivery truck and ideal for delivery requirements.  Keep in mind that the truck delivering your container needs enough space to maneuver safely. Here’s what you can do to avoid this issue:

    • Clear the parking area: 
      Ensure that cars or other obstacles are not parked in the way of the delivery truck. Ideally, clear a space of at least 60-70 feet in length for a 20-foot shipping container and 100-110 feet for a 40-foot container.

    • Gates and tight corners:
      If your property has gates or tight corners, make sure to measure them and communicate those measurements to the delivery team. This information will help them plan the best approach.

    Neglecting Weather Conditions

    Weather can significantly impact the container delivery process. Be prepared for various weather scenarios:

    • Rain or Snow:
      In wet or snowy conditions, make sure the area where the container will be placed is firm and won’t become muddy or slippery. You may also want to cover the ground with plywood to prevent the container’s wheels from sinking.

    • Strong Winds:
      High winds can be a concern, especially for taller containers. If you’re in an area prone to strong winds, consider installing anchor points for securing the container.

    Not Considering Local Regulations

    Before having a container delivered, you may need to check with your local authorities about zoning regulations and permits. Some areas may have restrictions on the use of containers for storage or may require specific permits. In most cases you will just need to notify them of the reason the container is on site (example: storage while installing floors or renovating a kitchen) and how long you plan to keep the container there. 

    Some Homeowners Associations may require the container to be delivered within certain hours or placed in a specific area. 

    Keep in mind that Get Simple Box can move your loaded container back to our location for safe-keeping so that it is out of the way and ready for re-delivery whenever you need it. 

    Ignoring Container Placement

    The placement of your shipping container makes a difference for accessibility and functionality. Consider the following:

    • Accessibility:
      Ensure that the container is placed in a location that’s convenient for you to access. Think about how you’ll load and unload items and plan accordingly.


    • Level Ground:
      The ground where you place your container should be as level as possible. Uneven terrain can lead to issues with the container’s stability and function.


    • Not Securing the Container

    Once your shipping container is delivered, it’s essential to secure it properly:

    • Locks:
      Invest in high-quality locks to keep your belongings safe. Tamper-proof locks are an excellent choice for added security.


    • Anchor Points:
      As mentioned earlier, consider using anchor points to secure the container, especially in areas prone to strong winds or potential theft.

    Neglecting Maintenance

    Because they are built so sturdy, Shipping containers require very little maintenance to ensure they remain in good condition. However, it doesn’t hurt to regularly inspect your container for rust, leaks, and damage. Though these issues are very rare, it’s important to address them promptly to prevent them from worsening.

    In conclusion, whether you’re looking for shipping or moving containers for sale or considering storage container rental, avoiding these common container delivery mistakes will help ensure a smooth and trouble-free experience. Proper preparation, attention to detail, and communication with your container provider are key to making your container delivery a success. Remember to plan for clear access, consider weather conditions, adhere to local regulations, and think about container placement and security. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to making the most of your shipping container for all your storage needs. Reach out to any of our Get Simple Box team today!


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