How to Choose the Best Shipping Container for Your Needs

How to choose the best shipping container for your needs is essential to ensure your belongings are protected and stored efficiently. Here are some steps to help you make the right choice:

Determine Your Storage Needs:

Start by assessing what you plan to store in the container. Consider the size, quantity, and nature of your items. Are you storing furniture, appliances, documents, or something else? Knowing your storage requirements will help you determine the size and type of conex box you need.

Select the Container Size:

  • Shipping containers come in various sizes, with the most common and versatile options being 20-foot and 40-foot containers. They are suitable for most storage needs and are weatherproof.
  • There are also smaller 10-foot and larger high cube containers available. Choose a size that accommodates your items comfortably while allowing some room for future additions.

Check the Container Condition:

Inspect the container’s condition carefully. Used containers may have signs of wear and tear, such as dents, rust, or corrosion. Ensure that the container is structurally sound and watertight. If you require a high-quality container, you can opt for one-trip containers, which are nearly new and in excellent condition. 

Consider Security Features:

If security is a concern, look for containers with added security features like lockboxes, which protect padlocks from tampering. Some containers also come with advanced locking systems for extra security. 

Think About Accessibility:

Consider how you will access your items within the container. Some containers have double doors on one end, while others have doors on both ends. If you have specific storage requirements, consider specialized containers like open-side doors, or roll up doors.  Choose the door configuration that suits your loading and unloading needs.  A Jake employee will be happy to help find the best option for your needs.

Delivery and Placement:

Determine where you plan to place the container and ensure that there is sufficient space for delivery and placement. You’ll want to deliver the container on flat, dry ground that can be accessible for a truck. Jake Containers can deliver the container directly to your location.

Budget Considerations:

Compare prices from different suppliers and consider your budget. Keep in mind, that while used containers are more affordable, they may require some maintenance. New or one-trip containers are more expensive but come in better condition. Request a quote today!

Additional Features and Modifications:

Depending on your specific needs, you can consider additional features or modifications like insulation, ventilation, shelving, or custom paint jobs. These can enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your storage container.

Maintenance and Care:

Once you have your container, maintain it regularly to ensure it remains in good condition. This includes inspecting for rust and corrosion, lubricating door hinges and locks, and addressing any issues promptly. 


By following these steps and carefully reviewing your storage needs, you can choose the right shipping container for the job, ensuring your items are safe, secure, and easily accessible.  If you need help, come visit us on site and look at the different containers in person!  We’re always happy to help you find the best option for your storage needs and budget. Get a free quote now!


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