Whether it is for storing goods or for moving from one state to the other, most people prefer hiring containers than purchasing them. After all, it is more affordable and who would want to own those huge boxes for a lifetime?
But before renting, read these tips as these might save you from making some real mistakes.
The secrets of container hire Auckland
Check state’s policy
Permit requirements for keeping containers depend on the state’s policies, country and neighbourhood, codes. In most of the cases, temporary use of permit is required if you are not planning for a permanent structure on your property. However, in some other cases, a permit might not be required also.
The local container suppliers are mostly acquainted with the legal requirements of your area. But to be absolutely sure, it is always safe to contact your local authorities for the local policies.
The delivery cost can make a massive difference in your total price. So, check it before renting the container.
The delivery fee generally depends on the distance between the area of the container and your property – the more the distance, the more you have to pay on the delivery charge.
Some suppliers of container storage Auckland also charge a flat fee for the first few kilometres and then increase the delivery rate for every mile that the container travels. Before signing a contract, get quotes for delivery from a different seller/supplier.
Size of the container
Storage containers come commonly in two standard sizes: 20 feet and 40 feet. However, some suppliers also offer customized sizes by either cutting down a container or by welding more than one container together. Remember that the non-standard sizes are usually more expensive. And the standard size ones are not only easily available but they also have a better resale value.
If you are not sure which size will meet your requirements the best, speak to the suppliers. Since they have the experience, they can help you to decide the right container for you.
Check the features as per your requirement
There is a wide range of features that you can include in your container. And these are known as ‘add-ons’ – some of which are included in the cost and some requires an additional fee.
Some of the most common features are:
- Premium locks which unlike the standard locks have an internal locking system like the bank vaults.
- Doors can be either a single door or a double door. For heavy use, it is better to opt for the double door as it gives you easy access.
- Storage cum office combos are containers which are similar to the mobile office and can be used as a temporary workspace.
Inspect the container carefully
It is crucial to check the quality of the material, as not all containers are of the same quality. Whether you are purchasing or hiring containers, you must make sure that they are made of materials like corten steel which is corrosion resistant.
The next things that you must check particularly if you are buying a used container are:
- Dents that are not deep
- Severe rust that can corrode the steel
- Holes can be very difficult to repair
If you cannot inspect the container physically, hire an inspector who will do the job for you.
Also, knowing the grade of the container and its certification is also important. And, if the container is refurbished and repaired, know the history and age of it before signing any contract.
Speak to multiple suppliers
There are usually many local suppliers from whom you can hire the container. But, before you select the supplier, ask the following questions.
- What is the rental fee? For how long is the contract valid?
- How many months of notice is required to terminate the contract?
- Do they offer any discount on long term commitments?
- What is the delivery charge and time required? From where are the containers shipped and how far is the site from your property?
- If they are aware of the permit requirement and if they can help you in it?
- What size and features the containers have? If they can be customized? And for what cost?