What to Consider When Renting a Shipping Container for a Construction Site

When it comes to construction projects, having sufficient storage space is crucial. This is where shipping containers come in handy. These versatile structures provide a convenient and secure solution for storing tools, equipment, and materials on construction sites. Whether you’re a contractor or a project manager, renting a shipping container can be a cost-effective and practical option. In this blog post, we will explore the key factors to consider when renting a shipping container for a construction site.

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Determine your storage needs:

The first step in renting a shipping container is to assess your storage requirements. Consider the size and quantity of items you need to store. There are several sizes of containers to choose from, including a 10-foot shipping container, 20-foot shipping container, and 40-foot shipping container.   If the items you are storing will be palletized, we recommend a 20-foot or 40-foot container. For storing longer pieces, such as pipe, conduit, or carpet, we recommend a 40-foot container. A 10-foot container works great for storing fixtures and tools. Get Simple Box offers shipping containers for rent or sale, and can help you determine the appropriate size for your needs.

Find a reliable container provider:

Once you have a clear idea of your storage needs, it’s time to find a reliable container provider. Search for shipping containers for rent near your construction site. Be sure to check online reviews and testimonials to select a container company with a proven track record. Get Simple Box has several locations, offering you a wide range of containers to choose from and ensuring you can find the size and type that suits your needs.

Consider container security:

Security is paramount when storing valuable equipment and materials. Look for containers that come equipped with sturdy lockboxes to conceal a padlock and consider additional security features like security bars and alarm systems. Choose an area that is well-lit, or add a solar powered flood light for additional visibility.

Accessibility and customization options:

Consider how easy it will be to access your stored items within the container. Some containers feature cargo doors on one end, while others have double doors on both ends, making it even easier to retrieve items from different locations. Some containers are known as Open-side containers, which feature additional cargo doors along the side wall of the container. Additionally, inquire about customization options such as adding overhead lighting, shelves or racks to optimize the storage space and keep your construction site organized.

Delivery and transportation:

Get Simple Box offers delivery services to your construction site. We have the necessary equipment to safely transport and position the container at your desired location. We can even move your loaded container from one job site to the next, saving you time and money. With over 40,000 deliveries completed, we have experienced drivers and appropriate equipment to handle the delivery process efficiently.

Rental terms and pricing:

Consider the duration of the rental period and any additional fees that may apply. Get Simple Box is one of the only container companies we know of that will allow a customer to start by renting and switch to a purchase at a later date (note: unfortunately we cannot offer any credit for rent paid and supply may be limited from location to location). You may also want to consider insurance options to protect your stored items in case of unforeseen events. Ask your insurance agent about “Inland Marine” coverage or Renters insurance. 

Renting a shipping container for your construction site can be a practical and cost-effective solution for storing equipment and materials. By considering the factors mentioned above, such as your storage needs, container quality, security options, and accessibility, you can make an informed decision. If you are in need of a shipping container for your construction site, reach out to a Get Simple Box team member today.

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