3 Tips For Using a Shipping Container For Storage

Though most customers use cargo containers for transporting commercial goods, the vast range of cargo containers for sale has led some clients to repurpose them as commercial and residential storage units. With tough steel and cargo-worthy units available, many of LGI Transport’s units can be repurposed as storage containers according to your needs. Here are a few tips to ensure your storage containers remain secure and safe.

  • Check your permits. If you plan to set your storage containers onto concrete footings (or another non-permanent base), you may not need to get a new building permit. However, building permit requirements may vary by location. Check with your local regulations to ensure your structure is within the bounds of the law.
  • Set up a foundation. Never skip on the foundation when it comes to placing a cargo container for storage purposes. Allowing the container to sit directly on the ground can affect drainage and condensation after rain or snow, which may cause ventilation problems. It can also damage the life of your container by leading to enhanced corrosion. Consider what type of foundation you’re going to use before you choose your container. Some common choices include railroad ties and concrete piling.
  • Get rid of odors. If you purchase a used cargo container, you might notice an unpleasant smell inside the unit. If this is the case, open a few cans of coffee and allow them to rest in the unit for a few days. Coffee naturally absorbs odor, which can make your unit smell new — even if you’ve bought it used.

We have a variety of cargo containers for sale at affordable prices. We also offer rental cargo containers for infrequent or non-permanent needs. Reach out to LGI Transport learn more or browse our current selection of services and products.