Most people usually spend too much on containers for their shipping container cabin.
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…
I will show you how to find containers that are located close to you.
Buying containers that are close to you will reduce your delivery charges significantly.
Building a shipping container cabin requires a lot of planning and lots of resources…
Overlooking what appears to be a simple step may cause you to spend more than what you had budgeted for.
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.
You should call a few local transport companies and get a quote before you commit to buying the shipping containers.
Getting three different quotes is a good starting point.
Once you have the quotes, you want to research the companies to see what type of reputation they have.
You want to find a company that has reasonable rates and a good reputation.
People like leaving reviews, so if you don’t find any reviews on the company, you should probably consider looking at the alternatives.
Getting a few quotes and doing some research on the companies should save you hundreds and maybe even thousands of dollars on delivery fees.
You should start with 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 direct.
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.
I would 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 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 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.
The price you pay will depend on a few things, 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 business/commercial districts.
Most cities usually have a decent sized business/commercial district, sometimes they may be hard to find.
You are probably in the right spot if you see a lot of transport truck activity.
Take a drive through these areas, and you will be surprised at how many containers you will actually find.
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.
Shipping containers are usually really easy to spot from the road, so if you see one, you can approach the business owner and ask them if they are interested in selling you their container.
If they say no, you can also ask them if they know of anybody that may be interested in selling their containers to you.
Remember to get a few quotes 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.
I usually start by looking at the bad reviews first.
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 below.