If looking to buy your shipping container always be aware where the seller is and the distance they are from you as well as the transportation options and cost to get it from the location of the shipping container seller to your place of construction. Buying without taking this into consideration can be an expensive mistake to learn. Trucking has never been cheap and adding to that you may need a crane or some other way of unloading the shipping container you need to way up the options of if its practical or better to wait until someone nearer has one for sale.
You really need to go over this list of things to consider when transporting a shipping container and be able to tick them all off before you get into a sales transaction :-
- Discuss within your neighbourhood with your neighbours in advance as you may be able to smooth disputes over before they happen as often its just a case of a “nosey neighbour” wanting to know what your up to rather than anything personal.
- Check the local town planning and regulations as discussing it with the people that may block it in advance lets them have they’re opinion and even as a temporary building just giving them the heads up they appreciate it and likely to leave you to it. Also as a temporary structure which is generally how shipping containers are seen your exempt of many of the legal requirements and standards of a "normal" building structure.
- The container will no doubt arrive on a semi tractor trailer which slides the shipping container off the back of the trailer so having a place set aside if you don’t have the final location ready such as the bottom of a dead end road or somewhere else its not going to be obtrusive until it can be relocated. I plan this even if I do have a crane due on site incase they have a breakdown or some other reason to reschedule. Access is also going to be an issue so make sure the road can take the weight and length of the truck and trailer as it will need to have enough room to get in and out.
- Height clearance for not only unloading the shipping container but also if a crane is needed to drop into final location. Power cables and telephone wires are a common issue. Contacting your power and telephone company if the wires are in the way should be done long in advance to find a solution.
- Be nice to the driver! Can’t say this enough as I after a long drive the driver may be unsociable but a cup of tea and a few biscuits go a long way as does maybe a little bribe to put the shipping container where you want it. Just be aware if putting it on the ground the risk of moisture and if possible try and get it situated off the ground. If its not going to be on the main road make the company aware in advance as they may request it to be lifted from the road side due to risk of the truck becoming embedded in soft ground and stuck.
- If its being situated somewhere temporary try and get it in a location that is suitably stable and even as well as having good drainage. The door ends twist which is why its important to get a level location as the doors will bind otherwise. On the drainage front try and get it sat on concrete footings, railroad sleepers or gravel something allowing water to drain away.