Portable storage containers offer a solution to many home and business owners due to their versatility and affordability. Rentals in particular make a cost effective choice, to be sure, but they also offer a practical function for anyone who needs to store items. Before choosing one, though, it’s important to do your research and make sure you are receiving the exact size and type you need.
Choosing a reputable storage container provider is also of paramount importance. Homework, homework, homework! Here are some valuable tips for renting a storage container.
1. Come Up With a Realistic Timeframe
The first thing you should do is accurately estimate the amount of time you anticipate needing the container. In general, you’ll get better rates from your supplier if you sign a long-term rental contract. They may even offer you a rent-to-purchase option on their storage containers if you decide to buy the unit you’ve been renting. Once you know how long you will need the container, you can now move onto the next phase of securing the right storage container.
2. Find Out if You Need a Permit
When renting a portable storage container, sometimes it is necessary to secure a permit from your city, town or community. Failing to determine this ahead of time can land you in some hot water. You may have to pay a fine if you are found with a storage container on your site without a permit. Those fines can be quite expensive and will add up fast without the proper permit. The requirements involved will depend on your location, but it’s a good bet that you will need a temporary use permit.
3. Ask About the Delivery Fee
Prior to signing a contract for a storage container rental, you should always ask what the delivery fee is. This will likely be a fee on top of the monthly rental fee. Knowing this amount in advancement will help you stay in line with your budget. Many times, fees are based on mileage, with set fees for each city the provider has to travel to in order to drop off or pick up a rental.
4. Inquire About Site Prep
Making sure the site is prepared and ready for the rental is the next step. Every company varies a bit in their requirements, so it’s a good idea to inquire about this beforehand. How much clearance is needed for the truck? Does the ground have to be level and dry? What happens if the truck can’t easily access the designated site?
Only after answering all these questions can be you properly prepare for the delivery of a rented storage container.
Contact A&M Container Sales and Rentals
For more tips on portable storage container rentals and deliveries, contact us at 985-261-2199. Our reps would be more than happy to review the process for your type of container needs, as well as our rental rates.