What to Ask When Renting a Storage Container

Whether you want to rent a shipping container to use as additional storage, wish to set up a mobile office or develop a home base for your construction project, you have to do your homework prior to making a decision on a provider. The best way to do that is to ask many questions of any potential provider. So that you can make the most informed decision possible, we have compiled this list of questions you should pose.

Q: How much delivery space is required?

There must be enough open space to allow the delivery driver to maneuver and drop off the container in an efficient manner. Most containers are delivered via a tilt bed truck, meaning the surrounding area must be free of debris and obstacles. It’s a good idea to check out the access path beforehand to make sure you have at least 14 feet of clearance between the ground and obstructions overhead, such as trees, building overhangs and utility lines.

Here at A&M, the trailer with container is 13 feet, six inches high, and will be raised to about 16’ when tilted for loading or unloading.

Remember, delivery trucksmake wide turns, so make sure there is enough space to access the property and make it across culverts, through gates, etc. A&M requires a minimum of 70’ of open space in front of the container with a full-size truck, and 40’ of open space with a small tilt bed truck.

Q: What sizes and/or types of containers do you have?

This varies by provider, of course, but most will offer several containers in various sizes and types. Here at A&M, we offer many different container sizes, such as:

  • 20 ft.
  • 40 ft.
  • 20 ft. climate controlled
  • 40 ft. combination (storage/climate controlled)

All will achieve different purposes. While some can be used for on-site storage, others are best for creating mobile offices. Consider time frame, intended usage and budget prior to making a selection.

Q: How long does the actual delivery take?

It takes about a half hour or less to deliver a container. Because drivers like to adhere to a schedule, you should make every effort to be ready for them. Keep in mind that they make multiple deliveries of containers a day, so if one delivery takes more than an hour, the other drop offs will also be delayed. Rescheduling may be necessary. To avoid getting charged an additional hour on-site, be ready for the driver.

Q: How long is the rental period for?

Standard rental container periods last 28 days. Typically, companies collect the delivery charge, first rent and security deposit up front.

Q: Do I have to get a permit?

Prior to renting a container, you should research any local rules about containers in your community. Call the city or county to learn if there are local ordinances against the use of containers.

Q: What can the containers be used for?

This will depend greatly on your intended usage, but you can rent containers for any number of reasons, including:

  • Construction storage
  • Inventory storage
  • Job site storage
  • Mobile field office
  • Tool storage
  • Workshops
  • Exhibits
  • Self-storage facilities
  • Break rooms/lunch rooms
  • School buildings
  • Surplus supplies
  • Overflow equipment storage
  • Agriculture storage

Contact A& M Container Sales and Rentals

To learn more about our rental conditions, containers and prices, contact usat 985-882-1267 or request a quote online. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about our offerings.