Shipping container cabin builders usually spend too much on their containers.
This happens because they don’t take into consideration the cost to have the containers delivered to them.
In this post, I’m going to help you avoid this same mistake by showing you how to locate containers that are close to you.
This will ensure that you keep your delivery fees to a minimum.
Overlooking a simple step may end up costing you more during your shipping container cabin project.
At this point, I’m going to assume that you already have some property and you are now ready to purchase a shipping container or containers depending on the size and complexity of your container cabin project.
When you are ready to buy your containers you want to make sure you are only looking for containers that are relatively close to your cabin property.
Shipping containers are expensive to ship, so buying one that is close to you will help you keep your delivery fees low.
The first and best place to find a container is at a port that is close to you.
If you live relatively close to the ocean, you will probably have a port nearby.
Ports usually have an abundant supply of shipping containers that you can use for your shipping container cabin.
You will more than likely have to purchase your container through a middleman if you end up visiting a port.
Going through a middleman may end up costing you a little more than if you bought the container from a private seller.
Purchasing a container through a middleman is usually the fastest and most convenient way to acquire a container.
You still have a few good options if you don’t have access to a port.
The next best way to locate containers is by checking out your local classified ad sites.
The majority of these sites usually have a search feature that allows you to narrow your search radius by entering a zip or a postal code.
You should start with a relatively small search radius and gradually expand the range if you are not getting any results.
Posting a “Wanted ” ad may also increase your chances of finding a shipping container.
A lot of people don’t take the time to post a “For Sale” ad; instead, they just browse the “Wanted” section looking for people to buy the items they have for sale.
In your ad, you can also state what price you wish to pay for your shipping container. In most cases, you will probably receive a lot more replies if you initially leave out the price.
You can always negotiate a fair price once the seller gets in touch with you.
…which include: the number of containers available in your area, the condition of the containers, and the size of the container.
You will probably end up paying between $2000 – 4000 for your shipping container.
Another place to locate shipping containers is in city commercial districts.
Most cities usually have a decent sized commercial district, sometimes these areas are hard to find. You are probably in the right spot if you see a lot of transport truck activity.
You want to take a drive through the commercial district in order to find containers.
Containers are usually plentiful in these areas, so you shouldn’t have to look to long.
A lot of these companies usually have these containers sitting in their yards collecting dust.
In most cases, the business owners are usually more than willing to sell their containers to you – hopefully for an excellent price.
You should be able to easily spot a shipping container from your car. You can approach the business owner once you locate a container and ask if they will sell it to you.
Keeping your container shipping costs low is essential, so remember only to purchase containers that are close to you.
At this point, you should have a good idea where you can purchase a shipping container. Now it’s time to find a mover to deliver your container to your property.
The first thing you need to do is call and get a quote from as many local movers as possible. You may encounter companies that refuse to give you a quote, and if this happens, you should ignore them and call the next mover.
You should aim to get at least six different quotes. It may be hard to do this if you live in a smaller area.
You now want to pick the top three companies based on price and do some additional research on them…
You want to find a shipping container mover company that has a good reputation with reasonable delivery rates.
During your research it’s a good idea to look over the reviews the company has. You should be able to find lots of reviews if you do a search for the company online.
People like leaving reviews, so if you don’t find any reviews on the company, you should probably consider looking at the alternatives.
At this point, you should have one company that stands out from the rest.
You should now ask them if they can give you a better deal than what they originally quoted you. If they say no, at least you did your research and you found a good, reliable, and trustworthy company.
Doing some additional research can save you hundreds and possibly even thousands of dollars on shipping container delivery fees.
You should now be able to find a reasonably priced shipping container with a reasonable delivery fee.
Remember to get a few quotes and do some research before you decide on any particular delivery service.
Delivery fees can be drastically different between companies, so please take the time to do this step. Don’t forget to also look over the reviews from previous customers.
The money you save on this step can go towards buying better doors, windows, or fixtures for your shipping container cabin.
P.S. Can you think of any other creative ways to find shipping containers? Please let me know in the comments section below.