Storage units are exceptionally useful and can be utilised in a broad range of applications. In many cases, these are used to transport heavy cargo over long distances. They are made from heavy-duty materials and built to be extremely durable and secure. This makes them the ideal storage solution when transporting goods and products. Many individuals and businesses also use steel boxes to store items securely on site. Beyond transport and storage, they can also be used in conversion projects and transformed into cost-effective temporary structures such as offices or workshops.
Buying or renting a unit is a smart investment, but you must do your research and get the most out of your container. If you are planning on converting your shipping container or using it for storage, then you must pick a suitable location for the container. This will help you avoid the hassle of moving your container once it has been delivered. With that in mind, here are the key things to consider when selecting a location for your shipping container.
Do I need to acquire land?
If you don’t already have land available, then you will need to acquire some to store your unit. It is important that the land you buy offers enough space to support your unit and its applications, i.e., you will need more land if you plan on creating a converted home using multiple units. They are available in various sizes including 10ft, 20ft and 40ft designs. Carefully consider which size is most appropriate for your needs and then calculate how much land you will need. Keep in mind that purchasing land is expensive, so make sure that you calculate your budget before you start searching for an appropriate piece of land for your unit.
Is the ground suitable?
You also need to make sure that the land will support your unit. Check the subsurface soil type, i.e., is it made from clay, sand, etc. Most units require a sturdy foundation. If there are issues with the ground, then you can install a base made from concrete to support the unit and protect the bottom from rust. Make sure that you prepare the ground before your delivery to avoid unnecessary delays and costs.
Is there sufficient access?
It is your responsibility to ensure that there is sufficient access when your order is delivered. Check that the delivery vehicle will have enough space to unload your order in your desired location. You should also check for obstacles such as fences or walls. You can contact your delivery company for advice on the delivery process and access required for your chosen unit.
Do I need to apply for planning permission?
The good news is that these units do not typically require planning permission. However, you may need to apply for planning permission if you intend on converting your unit into a permanent structure, i.e., a home. You may also need planning permission if you plan on keeping it in a location next to a Listed Building or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, for example. It is a good idea to contact your local planning authority to check whether planning permission is required in your intended location. This will ensure that your shipping container complies with the relevant regulations in your area.
Can I get help choosing a location for my container?
They are strong and durable, which makes them ideal for transporting or storing goods. Conversions are all the rage at the moment and many individuals and businesses are transforming old units into affordable, eco-friendly structures like homes or office space. If you are investing in a new unit, then it is vitally important that you choose a suitable location for it. You must also make sure that your location is prepared before your order is delivered to your site. If you are still unsure, then you can get in touch with our specialist team for expert advice on the best location for your unit.