Hiring A Shipping Container For Events: What You Need To Know

Customised shipping container conversions are a unique and contemporary way to host an unforgettable event. As well as being aesthetically appealing, event shipping container conversions are also an incredibly practical option for an event as they are durable, secure, and weatherproof.

When you buy a container, there are a number of customisation options available to create a container that perfectly suits your event’s needs and look. This article will provide a guideline on everything you need to know about hiring a shipping container for your next event.

Costs

Hosting events can be very expensive, often thousands and thousands are spent on them. From the physical structure to the promotion of it, the costs can add up quickly. Using a converted shipping container is a great way to bring the numbers down by a significant amount.

Shipping container rental costs a lot less in comparison to purchasing. It is a wise choice for a one-off or temporary use, as you won’t have to worry about storing, maintaining or disposing of the container afterwards. It is important to consider and clarify any insurance obligations with the container hiring company. It is worth noting that in general, it is more economical to rent one single, large unit than several small ones. These large containers are more widely-used and as such are much more readily available.

Condition

While shipping containers are no doubt durable, they aren’t indestructible. This is why you must first check the container before you go ahead with the rental. If you are hiring a shipping container for an event you want the container to be great condition and perfect working order.

Therefore, it is important to thoroughly check not only the exterior but also the interior of the container as well. Check the walls, the floor, and the roof before agreeing to hire. Even a small hole in a container could mean the entrance of moisture and other contaminants into your container which could damage whatever you place inside. Also check that the doors, the hinges, and locks are free from rust and ant broken parts to ensure a good hiring experience.

Transportation

When organising the transportation of your shipping container, make sure that you create a pre-established itinerary that specifies the exact route, who will be delivering it, and how it will be positioned. This is an extremely important aspect of hiring containers for events as containers are not ideal for transport through certain roads, such as those with tunnels, trees and power lines.

Any lapse in handling and transporting a shipping container can cause a major accident. It would be best if the container does not have to go through extended periods of transport so be sure to plan properly and do not make any last-minute changes in location.

Permits

Your permitting requirements will depend on your county and neighbourhood. In most cases, if the container is not going to be permanently on your property, you will probably need to obtain a temporary use permit.  If your property is near a residential area, the permitting requirements will usually be stricter. Sometimes a permit is not required at all so research your event’s area before hiring and be sure to obtain any required permits.

Sizing

Shipping containers commonly come in two standard lengths: 20 footers and 40 footers. But other sizes and customised sizes are available too. These sizes are created by either cutting the containers down or welding them together. These non-standardised sizes usually cost more. So consider your sizing requirements when hiring a shipping container for your event.

Features

There is a range of features available when it comes to shipping containers. These features are commonly known as ‘add-ons’ and can be included for an additional fee when hiring a shipping container. One of the most common features is premium locking mechanisms. If you are planning on storing anything expensive inside your container than it might be worth investing in a good lock.

Another popular feature of storage containers is the different types of doors that are available. There is the option of single or double entry, as well as single or double doors. There are also roll-up door or open/shut door options to choose from.

Shipping containers are a great option to create unforgettable events. We hope this article will help you to be prepared for the process and all the considerations that come along with using a shipping container for your next big event.

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