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Self Storage Containers

Self Storage Containers

Whether you’re a business owner or a home owner you may occasionally find yourself in temporary need of extra storage space. For businesses this could be due to seasonal fluctuations in trading conditions, office moves or renovations or the need to store sensitive or hazardous materials. For the homeowner, building work often requires that furniture and other personal effects are put away safely and securely while your house is a no go area. Self storage containers are a handy and cost effective way to store goods, furniture and equipment on your own premises so that they can be easily retrieved. These versatile and secure steel boxes can be delivered to almost any part of the country and hired for almost any length of time (though minimum terms usually apply).

Self Storage Container Sizes

Storage container suppliers almost exclusively provide new or used steel-shipping containers. These are 8ft wide, 8ft 6ins high and either 8ft, 10ft, 20ft, 30ft or 40ft long. They have double doors with multi-bar locking at one or both ends and can also have doors fitted in the middle for easier access. Storage containers of the same length can be stacked one on top of the other and stairs provided for reaching those on top.

NB: In this article we’re referring only to containers which you keep on your own property. For warehouses which provide you with storage space, search the internet for ‘self-storage companies’.

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Obtaining Self-Storage Containers

New and used self-storage containers come tailored for a wide variety of uses including refrigerated containers, chemical storage containers, anti-vandal containers, high-cube containers (with an extra foot of height) and even tanker containers.

The standard containers can also be converted into various workspaces or shelters with lighting, insulation etc. Examples of this kind of use include building site offices and accommodation, security guard houses, smoking shelters and pony stables.

Prices vary widely depending on the condition of the containers and global commodities prices so we can’t provide a clear guide here. It’s advisable to get quotes from several suppliers near the time of purchase to get a clear idea of the going rates. If possible, ask for pictures of the container so you can assess its condition.

If you’re renting a container, check if there is a minimum rental period and whether delivery and collection charges apply.

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