Storage containers have become a very popular means of providing extra space, outbuildings, short term and long term storage solutions.

Containers are now available in all major metropolitan areas throughout the nation. An alliance has formed a network of small businesses that are familiar with your needs and agree to adopt and follow the Container Alliance Code of Ethics. This guide is designed to help you become familiar with industry terminology, container uses, common questions and problems.

This sale guide serves to help you get informed about buying a shipping / mobile storage container.

The first decision is to decide between renting or purchasing the container(s). If you plan on needing the container for an extremely long term or permanently, it is probably better to purchase rather then rent the container.  Before you make your purchase you should think about and research any municipal rules against containers in your area, in this case we would recommend that you contact your local city or county to determine if any local ordinances against containers exist. If you are unsure, or need more info or help with your municipality please contact the National Portable Storage Association.

If you plan to make a container purchase, you have many options. Containers are available in variable sizes and types. The most common is a dry freight container with a cargo door on one end. The dry storage containers or “dry vans” are very prevalent around the globe with millions in circulation. By far the most common is 20′ storage or shipping containers and 40′ Storage or shipping containers. You have the option of purchasing dry, insulated, refrigerated or modified containers, in various sizes. Availability varies by location across the county, but is general it will be easiest to find 20′ and 40′ containers. Please keep in mind that any time you stray from the common sizes and types you will pay much more and increase the risk of receiving a container in substandard condition.

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