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North Dakota and South Dakota are finally getting spring. The never-ending snow seems to be melting and finally getting a storage container seems possible. You see them around everywhere, but what exactly do you need to know when you are ready to buy one? Here are 4 easy tips to make sure you end up with the right container for you at the right price. These tips will help you narrow down what you are looking for quickly and help you focus on the bottom line.
1) Know what condition container you want. Are you looking for something new and pretty? Or are you putting something in there that barely needs to be kept dry? The 3 industry categories are wind- and water-tight, cargo-worthy and one-trip containers. For a full description of them, click here. Some companies will use ratings like A, B and C. Each company creates their own description and criteria for what makes up an A, B or C, so ask plenty of questions about how they rate them and what you can expect.
2) Know what delivery method you need. Container delivery usually comes in either tilt-bed (ground-level) or flat-bed (you have to take it off of the truck yourself). If you have a forklift or another way to off-load the container, you can usually get a lower delivery rate. However, if you don’t, opt for the tilt-bed. The price difference usually isn’t large enough to cover the rental of a forklift.
3) Compare totals. Because containers in the North Dakota and South Dakota have to come out of Minneapolis, Denver or other cities, the cost of transporting your container will be figured into your rate one way or another. Vendors who are selling containers in North and South Dakota have already absorbed that cost into the container price in most cases. Vendors who are selling containers out of Minneapolis or Denver will price out the delivery charges separately. If you are getting flat-bed delivery, but need to rent equipment to offload the container, add that in too.
4) See what you are getting. If you are buying from a local vendor, it should be easy to pop over and inspect the container you are going to get. If you are buying a container that is coming out of Minneapolis, ask for pictures of the container before you pay for it. Often container inventories out of Minneapolis change too often to get pictures of every container available, but reputable companies should be happy to get you pictures or let you go in and inspect them for yourself. Often this is the best way to make sure you are comparing apples to apples.