Buying a storage container for long-term or permanent storage needs is a big decision. While buying a unit requires an investment upfront, it can save you a great deal of time and money in the long run. When you own your unit, you can choose to keep it wherever you want for however long you want. You also won’t need to worry about paying rental fees, returning your unit, or keeping it in any certain condition. There are countless benefits to owning a storage container. Before you buy a storage container, however, there are a variety of factors to take into consideration to ensure you have chosen the best possible unit.
One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a storage container is what the container is made of. Storage containers are often needed to provide outdoor storage, so they must be extremely durable and weatherproof. Make sure to inspect the exterior of the container you are considering and check for any obvious problems. The structure of a storage container consists of corrugated walls, cargo doors, frames, and cross members made of heavy-duty steel. This specific type of steel is weldable and rust resistant. Make sure to ask the storage professional assisting you to evaluate the following components of your storage container:
- Corner castings
- Twist locks
- Forklift pockets
- Cargo doors
- Cross members
Before buying a storage container, think carefully about what you need to store and whether your storage needs may change in the future. For some people, storage needs are relatively static. If you anticipate mostly storing smaller objects, a smaller unit might be sufficient. However, if you know you are going to need to store especially bulky objects or a large volume of materials, it may make sense to purchase a larger unit. You should also have a plan for where you intend to keep your unit and how long you need to keep it in one place. If your space is limited, this may be a factor in determining which size you will need.
Take a look around the inside of the container. Some issues will be obvious immediately. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, like a strange, damp odor or any cracks, for example, there may be some problems with the unit. Make sure to examine the floors and ask the storage professional who is assisting you about the flooring materials. Flooring should be mildew- and water-resistant, infused with insecticides, and highly resilient overall.
When buying a storage container, it is important to know your long-term storage needs. What do you plan on keeping in the unit? How long will the unit stay in one place? If you plan on keeping things like tools, machinery, construction materials or agricultural production in your unit, some units may be more suitable than others. This may also play a role in determining what materials you will want to prioritize in the structure of your storage container. For example, some stored materials may be more susceptible to water damage than others. You would then want to make sure to choose a unit that is especially weathertight and water-resistant.
The location on which you plan to keep your unit is a major consideration when it comes to buying a storage container. You will always need somewhere to keep your unit, so you should have a place prepared before purchasing. You will probably want to keep it on property you own, whether it be a job site, commercial property, or private lot. Consider how long you can keep your unit on the property. This is especially important for storage containers because they are not as transportable as storage trailers.
You will also want to make sure to keep your unit on good, stable ground if you can. Storage trailers are strong and protect inventory from external damage, but it’s always best to expose them to as little as possible. If you have to keep it at the bottom of a slope or in a wooded area, for example, there are certain risks associated with these areas that must be considered. Make sure to have a specific location planned before purchasing a unit and evaluate all of the potential hazards to which your unit will be exposed regularly.
Climate and Weather Patterns
Weather is always an important consideration when it comes to outdoor storage. If you are planning to keep your storage container on property that is exposed to a lot of rain or is near a body of water, for example, it is especially important that take this into consideration before purchasing. There may be extra measures that can be taken or features with which your container can be outfitted to safeguard against specific sources of damage. Similarly, if you’re keeping your unit in an area that is exposed to forest fires, there may be other extra measures that can be taken to ensure maximum protection for your stored items. Think about long-term weather patterns and average climates in your area and make sure to communicate your needs to a storage professional.
If you are interested in purchasing a storage container in Indiana, contact Storage On-Site today. Regardless of your needs, our storage professionals can help you find a reliable, quality storage container. We offer a range of storage containers at competitive rates throughout Indiana. Call us at 317-358-0380 to get started.