Shipping containers are handy in various situations and can serve a wide range of utilities and needs. But what do you do if you can’t find a container that has what you want? Build a custom one, of course! Here are some key facts about custom container design to help you decide if such a modified container is right for you.
The most important aspect of planning your container is the size requirement. Are you looking for storage for tools and equipment or a mobile office for a school or work site? The type of need will greatly affect your size requirements and costs.
Besides the fact that larger containers will be more expensive, you have to figure out how much you’re willing to spend for the size you need. What this means is, are you willing to customize an existing size, or do you want to produce one with the exact dimensions.
Fabricating a modular shipping container structure from scratch can meet your needs more closely. But it’s also more expensive to design and build a custom structure like that from the ground up. On the other hand, customizing around an existing container size can save you money but may also give you a little less than what you wanted.
You’ll have to decide for yourself whether you’re willing to work within existing parameters or want to strike out on your own. This decision will have a big effect on the rest of your customization plans.
Style and Other Needs
Are you looking for storage containers, CONEX containers, pop-up containers, or something else? Different types of containers will have their own challenges and costs associated with them.
In addition, what kind of features do you need in a container? Is this the most basic of boxes to store things, or are you planning on using it as an office or container workspace? You’ll need to plan for things like electricity, plumbing, and other utilities if you want to use it for something besides storage.
This is where talking with expert container consultants will help guide you to the right container purchase for your needs. They can go through your needs and help figure out what kind of custom container setup will best work for you.
And if you’re only interested in renting, that can be accomodated as well. For instance, if you’re only looking for something temporary, a storage container rental might be the best way to go.
New vs. Used
Buying things used can often save you a lot of money. But buying used shipping containers, modular structures, or equipment can also come with their own drawbacks.
Equipment, for example, can lose 20% to 40% of its value within a year of being new. That may be a bummer for the person buying new equipment, if they want to sell it later, but it’s great for bargain hunters!
In a similar sense, buying used containers can save you a good chunk of money. However, choose a used container that is mostly ready for your needs. So once you’re done adding your customizations, its very quickly ready for use!
Keep in mind, there are also some drawbacks to buying used. Your chances increase of hidden damage or the container simply being worn down. While the container may be cheaper, you may also have to replace it sooner.
Overall, there are definitely big benefits to buying used vs buying brand new. If you decide to go used, you can prevent some possible problems down the road by having the container carefully inspected by an expert or by purchasing it through a reputable shipping container company. Whether you need some moving storage containers or something more long-term, a good company can make your purchasing decisions a lot less stressful.
There are plenty of shipping containers for sale in Texas, so feel free to start looking around. You never know what you might find! Even if you live elsewhere, you will find metal storage containers or other modular structures nearby that fit your needs. If needed, our custom modified containers from Texas can also be shipped to you.
How Much Modification Do You Need?
There are all sorts of modifications you can add to a container. Whatever your needs, you can almost guarantee that we’ve done it before!
Pretty much anything that goes into a standard home or building can be added to a shipping container. Electricity, plumbing, internet, windows, doors, and air conditioning are some of the many features that can be added to a container, either during construction or during installation.
There are many other modifications that you can do to a container to service practically any business need. You can use a shipping container, modular, or other non-permanent structure for your worksite or business and save a lot on costs!
Need container offices for your new business, a classroom for your school, or a lunchroom for your big company’s food prep? We can modify a shipping container modular structure exactly to how you want it!
The number of container modifications you need will certainly change the cost and the timing required to get one of these modular structures produced. But don’t be afraid to dream big! Whatever you need, it can probably be done.
Plan Your Custom Container Design
So if you’re interested in buying custom containers for your business, storage, or personal needs, get in touch with us! We’d love to help you with your custom container build-out, from concept to production.
Feel free to call us at 1-713-675-4442 or contact us here.