Most business owners will admit that rent takes a significant portion of their operating expenses. One of the easiest ways to reduce rental costs is the use of shipping containers as storage areas or offices. This article details how your business can make the most out of a shipping container
Choose The Right Container
Your budget and business needs will determine the type of container you should purchase. Typically, start by checking the available space to decide what size container you need. If you need several containers, stack them to save on space. You should also determine the features that you need on the container. For instance, you may need side doors, a high roof, climate control or an open roof. If you intend to purchase a used container, always go for the highest grade. Low-grade containers are difficult to work with. Besides, they could warp if you place another container on top. Worse yet, they could leak during rain.
Placing The Container
Start by checking if you need a permit to place the container on your premises. Then, build a platform to place the container on. The benefit of the platform is that it protects the container from rust-causing elements such as water and dirt. If you place a loaded container on an uneven surface, its frame will bend. The platform will help prevent such occurrences. Assuming that you may want to move the container in the future, the area must be accessible to crane trucks or forklifts.
More often than not, you will need to modify the container. Conduct internet research to establish which designs suit you best. The benefit of container modifications is that they are often reversible. For example, suppose you modified the container as an office but later want to use it as a storage space or for shipping purposes; you could weld back the panels you cut to create windows. Regardless, it is always wise to work with experienced companies.
Container maintenance will help slow down wear and tear on your container. Remember, the container is a business asset that can be sold at a profit, fabricated or not. Containers have a straightforward maintenance procedure. Lubricate the door hinges, refurbish the floors, get rid of any odours, conduct regular pest treatment, clean the container to remove dirt and water, treat rust at the earliest stage and repair structural damage such as dents and bent frames.
Businesses that are in need of shipping containers should choose suitable containers and observe the recommended placement, modification and maintenance tips.