Containers are a significant expense for any business, regardless of whether they are permanently bought for business purposes, or temporarily hired. As such, care should be taken when considering the container to be bought or hired. Below are some helpful tips you should keep in mind:
- The sizing and material – when it comes to shipping containers for sale Melbourne, the first things to look at are the sizing and material used in the construction of the container. Generally, there are three main size varieties for containers, in the form of the 3m or 10ft containers, the 6m or 20ft containers and the 12m or 40ft containers. If you want to be cost-effective in making your purchase, it is advisable to purchase either the 6m or 12m varieties, as the 3m containers are often downsized from their larger counterparts and tend to be more expensive as a result. Besides the sizing, the material should also be carefully inspected. Of course, all containers are made of metal, but you need to ascertain yourself of whether Corten steel was used or not. This variety of steel is extremely strong and resistant to corrosion, as it is capable of forming its own resistant coating when exposed to weather elements (much like aluminium does).
- Potential damage – the next point you should focus on is whether there has been any damage to the shipping container Brisbane. It might seem difficult to inspect so large a container for any potential damage – but it is actually quite easy to do. Keep the container in broad daylight and walk inside: if you notice any sunny spots within the container that will show you that there are holes in the container. Whilst this applies to the walls and ceiling of the container, you also need to check the flooring for any issues, namely, whether it has any soft spots or not.
- Security issues – generally, containers are completely secure as long as their doors are properly accounted for. This means that you need to look into the security of the doors to make sure your freight is safe from any potential threats of burglary and the like. In addition to the padlocks you will be using, make sure to have a lock box welded to the door. Welded over the padlock in the form of a metal box, the lockbox ensures that the padlock is safe from illegal tampering.
- Insurance – do not forget to also consider the insurance terms with regards to your purchase or hire of a container. Different insurance companies have different policies, so make sure to ask an agent for the terms that will apply to you, and to the freight that will be stored or shipped in the container.