Shipping containers are a viable solution for residential and commercial transportation/storage needs. They’re even a popular new-age housing option, thanks to their mobility and customization options. But, let’s focus on commercial use.
These modular metal units are weather-resistant, long-lasting, and relatively cheap. Also, they’re highly durable, so they’re suited for both short-term and long-term use.
If you intend to buy shipping containers, you’ll want to consider what their uses will be. You’ll want a container that’s both versatile and size-appropriate. Also, it’s important you determine the specific features you’ll require.
Once you have a basic idea of what you’re looking for, it’s time to do some research. We’re here to help you learn the facts of purchasing a shipping container for business use.
Obtain Necessary Permits
Since Texas is a major port of entry, it’s crucial you obtain a permit for maritime transportation. The Intermodal Shipping Container Port Permit allows you to ship out of Port of Houston and Port of Freeport.
If you plan to buy from a local or even national retailer, you won’t have to worry about this annual permit. But, depending on the location of your business, you may still need a permit from your neighborhood association. This grants you permission to keep a shipping unit on your property for an extended period of time.
Today, we often turn to the internet for our commercial purchases to save a few bucks. But, like every other industry, you’ll see there’s an overabundance of online retailers. This is where it helps to have a specific idea in mind of what you’re looking to buy. It’ll help you narrow down your choices to easily compare units that fit your company budget.
If you’re looking online, it’s still wise to go for vendors in your nearby area. You have to pay to transport your container, so ideally, you’ll find someone within a few miles.
Inspect Before You Buy Shipping Containers
No one likes to get hustled online and buy something of lesser value than the seller proclaimed. Before you do business with any vendor, inspect the shipping container to ensure it is in good condition.
You’ll want to make sure the doors and seals are intact. If either let air in, it’s probably a sign you’ll need to fix the lining. Make sure you bring up any inconsistencies like this when negotiating price, especially for used units.
Look for a unit with little-to-no rust. Especially if your shipping container is for storage, you don’t want to risk letting any water in. You should also inspect the interior for beams of light to identify any holes where water may come in.
For All Your Shipping Container Needs
Shipping containers are a large purchase, but they don’t have to be a gigantic hassle. Work with a reputable seller to find the best quality units that match your specific needs.
Looking to buy shipping containers? We’ve got you covered. Equipment Management Services offers a wide variety of both new and used units. Request a quote today to learn about the containers we have available for purchase and/or rent.