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By Grace Bailey, Guest Blogger

There are many sizes of shipping containers one can use to store or ship goods, personal belongings and more, however choosing the right size and type of container can require a bit of forethought. Different types of cargo require different types of containers. It may be a whole lot easier when you’re hiring a container to figure out exactly what you need. The following tips will give you a basic understanding of the possible sizes and benefits of different types of containers:

  • Sizes
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You will need to get yourself acquainted with the possible container sizes available with the company you’ve chosen. You will need to checkout different companies if you feel the need to for a good comparison of prices. You should keep track of the difference in prices of the sizes you’ve chosen as they could vary greatly depending on the companies you’re looking at.

  • Storage Space

You may want to have a container as additional storage space at your home or company. This may limit the size of the container you can work with. Keep in mind you may need specific permission when you place certain larger-sizes items so make sure that you check about possible building code requirements you may have to deal with.

  • Size of Items Being Stored

One of the first things you need to focus on is the actual size of the items you have to deal with as well as the possible space they can take inside a shipping container. You could do a bit of calculation yourself or use a shipping container calculator if the company you chose has such an option available at their website and you have taken the measurements of your items.

  • Considering Your Future Needs

If you plan on buying a container or storing items inside it for extended periods of time you will need to consider the future needs you might have concerning it. You may eventually find out you need more space inside the container than you previously thought you needed; make sure you think at least a few steps ahead when you’re buying or renting one. Calculate the size appropriately and as closely as you can before you make your choice as you will have to be as precise as you can be.

  • New and Used

There is a good difference in prices between a new and a used shipping container so keep that in mind as well. Purchasing a used container will save you a few hundred dollars at best, but you will need to inspect its condition before you make the final decision.

  • Delivery Fee and Features

You need to also check out any possible optional features a container has, such as ramps, racks and even ventilation systems if it has any. Some shipping companies will deliver the container you bought without a fee, however others will charge you a fee for delivery. Make sure you’re ready for this possible expense before it happens.


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