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5 Tips for Inspecting a Storage Container

Now that you have decided to rent or buy a storage container, there are lots of reasons you will want to inspect it thoroughly. Most storage container rental companies will require units to be in a certain condition upon return. If you are buying a container, you will, of course, want to make sure it is in the best condition possible. Check out these tips from Page Street Leasing on what to look for when inspecting a storage container for damage and/or quality parts.

1. Examine the Interior and Exterior

One of the best things you can do while examining a storage container is to simply walk around the entire interior and exterior. Most potential damage will be immediately obvious to you. You will want to look out for rust, rot, cracks, pests, holes, standing water, leaks, or signs of vandalism. Identifying obvious issues is a good place to start. Any strange odors you notice could be a sign of water damage or mold. If there is a glaring issue, you likely either need to have it repaired if you have rented the unit or should keep looking for another unit that is in better condition. You will also want to check out the top of the container as best as you can for standing water or cracks.

2. Check Out the Gasket Seals and Close the Doors

Inspect the rubber gasket seals around the container doors. There is an inner seal, which can be cut-off to make door operation easier, and there is an outer seal. The outer seal should be intact and pliable, as dry-rot of the rubber is typically the first spot where a container can show its age. It’s also a good idea to go inside the unit and close the doors, especially on a bright day. If any light is making its way into the container, there may be some rust or door seal issues. Any areas of light coming through should be inspected.

3. Evaluate the CSC Plate

The CSC plate is an engraved metal label located on the outside of one of the cargo doors. This plate will contain information such as the name of the manufacturer, the storage container company, and the date on which it was made. The container’s age should give you an idea of what kind of condition it should be in. Container age is generally less important than its overall condition, as some older containers have had a much lighter duty cycle than others, for example, a rental container that has been stationary for most of its years versus a cargo container that has been handled around ship decks and ports.

The container age can help indicate how much useful life remains, but the overall condition of the unit in terms of rust, dents, and floor strength are not always correlated with container age. The year of manufacture on the CSC plate could be important if you plan on shipping the container overseas.

4. Look at the Doors and Locks

Operate the doors to their full capacity while inspecting your storage container. Open them as far as  they are supposed to open, and try to close them tightly and completely. Test out any locks or locking accessories or features. One of the most important benefits of a storage container is that it is secure and lockable. If the doors and locks have issues, the container cannot serve its purpose. Leaky, poorly installed doors can even cause damage to the materials stored in your container if they let in air, heat or moisture from the outside.

If you can feel a draft around the edges of a door or window in your container, there might be a problem that your storage container company can address.  If the doors are stiff, lubricating the hinges and locking mechanism should help. However, it is important to ensure that the container is reasonably level, i.e. all four corners are on the ground. If the container isn’t level to the point where it is longitudinally torqued, even to an extent that is difficult to see, the doors can become difficult or impossible to open and close.

5. Examine the Floor

Solid, reliable flooring is one of the most critical elements of a dependable, high-quality storage container. It’s important that your stored materials are kept on strong flooring that will not rot and/or break. If you notice any obvious problems, like soft spots or cracks, you will want to point it out. Rotting sections of container flooring will likely give way, which can compromise integrity and damage your stored materials, so it is important to thoroughly examine this part of your unit. The underside of the container is comprised of I-beams running along the width of the container. The wooden floor sections sit on top of these I-beams. If the container is older, it is advisable to check the underside of the unit with a forklift to ensure that the underside structure is solid.

Contact Page Street Leasing for the Best Storage Containers in New England

If you would like to buy or rent a storage container in New Hampshire and beyond, contact Page Street Leasing. We offer a range of storage container rental and purchase options to serve virtually all needs. Whether you need temporary jobsite storage or a permanent storage solution, we can help. Call (603) 622-1673.

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The Benefits of Using a Storage Container as an Office Space

Buying a storage container comes with a number of benefits. Containers are easy to load and unload and secure against burglars and pests. They are weatherproof, cost-effective, energy efficient, and require little maintenance. They can last many years when properly cared for. Plus, they can be used for a variety of things, not just storage. In fact, storage containers can be used as an office space, and there are several benefits to converting your container into an office. Here are the top six.

1. Temporary

Unlike a traditional office space, storage container offices can be temporary. This makes them perfect for construction sites or for a time you can’t be in your traditional office short-term, like during a renovation. Though you may not need one for an extended period of time, they can either increase or reduce the amount of office space you have on demand depending on your needs. 

2. Transportable

Storage containers can be transported easily. If your business or office needs to make a move, the container can be taken on a truck to wherever you need. Again, this makes them a great option for construction companies or those who have employees who need to move from one location to another.

3. Customizable

Containers are completely customizable, making them an option for a variety of businesses. For example, you can:

  • Add doors and windows wherever they are needed.
  • Add lighting.
  • Create rooms with walls easily depending on what you need in the space.
  • Add furniture such as tables, chairs, desks, filing cabinets, or other office needs.
  • Add air conditioning or insulation so it’s comfortable to work within

Plus, it can even be transitioned back to storage space if your needs change. 

4. Cost-Effective

Depending on your needs, you can rent or buy a storage container. Either is often more affordable than a traditional office lease. It’s helpful that you can rent shipping containers for a short period of time, so you’re not stuck in a commercial lease you may have to risk breaking should your needs change. Additionally, they last a long time and require little maintenance and upkeep, which keeps dollars in your pocket. It can also save you valuable time that might otherwise be spent traveling between your office and your jobsite or other location.

5. Eco-Friendly

These storage containers would otherwise be sent to the landfill. Repurposing them as an office is a great way to create something useful out of trash. Converting a storage container into an office saves space in the landfill and prevents other storage containers from being manufactured for new purposes. Accordingly, the choice to buy a storage container in New England and elsewhere across the country is an effort towards a more sustainable world.

6. Secure

Storage containers are made of steel and other durable materials, which help protect the interior from wind, rain, and other elements. They also hold up against pests and bugs. To keep out other unwanted visitors, you can add locks and/or cameras, making the container and your belongings secure.  They are usually compatible with a variety of locking features in case you need to protect valuable office materials or sensitive documents. You can rest assured that your office space will remain safe and secure on whichever location you choose to keep it.

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Considering a storage container office? Our storage container experts at Page Street Storage are here to walk you through all the storage container office advantages and help you find the right solution for your business. We offer a range of New England storage container and storage trailer options to fit virtually all needs. Contact us today at 603-622-1673 or fill out our online contact form for a free quote.

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Tips for Creating a Construction Site Storage Trailer Office

Purchasing a storage trailer is a great way to create some extra office space for your construction site.

As a construction manager or business owner, you most likely could use a flexible, secure space to take care of company business, store important documents, meet with employees and clients and much more. A storage trailer is an ideal office space, as it is not only affordable, but highly flexible and customizable. When your construction project is complete, your office can be moved to the next site, whether it takes six months or two years.

Read on for some tips for creating a construction site storage trailer office.

Buy a Quality Storage Trailer

The most important part of building a storage trailer office for your construction company is choosing a durable, high-quality unit. You will want to do some research and find an experienced storage solutions service with plenty of good reviews.

A storage trailer must be made from strong, reliable materials, like steel and aluminum. It should also be compatible with security features and locks to keep sensitive documents, tools, equipment, and other office supplies safe.

Choose a Construction Site Mobile Office Provider

Some storage companies offer jobsite trailers. These units are accessible at ground level and are often available in multiple sizes, depending on the amount of space you anticipate needing. They can include electricity, heating and air conditioning, and can even include plumbing that can hook up to on-site water and sewage lines. Discuss your options with the storage trailer company and work with them towards achieving your ideal mobile office.

Build-In the Basics

Your storage solutions provider may be able to construct some elements of an office into your unit. Basic equipment, such as desks and cabinets, can be placed strategically inside the unit, making it easier to transport your office. You can purchase your unit and get to work faster with furnishings custom-built into the space. Ask your storage trailer office developer about your options for customizing the interior of your mobile office.

Prepare and Choose the Right Space

Depending on your state, make sure you have obtained any building permits and state seals you might need. If you are unsure, ask your storage trailer company.

Once you have planned and purchased your mobile office, you will need to make space for it at your construction site. A firm, flat area is ideal for a safe office. Paving or compacted gravel is ideal, but a foundation of firm dirt will also work. Make sure the area is leveled and avoid areas where water pooling could potentially be an issue. Leave at least six feet of space on each side; depending on local codes, you may need to plan for even more.

If you are planning on having your office anchored to the ground, call 8-11. This number is a free federal service for locating underground utilities. Be sure to call far ahead of time. With notice, the state can send workers to demarcate any utilities that should not be built over.

If you’re planning on connecting to water, sewer, or electrical services, be sure to contact your local utility companies to establish connections properly and safely.

Plan for Flexibility

One of the major benefits of investing in a construction site storage trailer office is the portability. Many construction companies move operations from site-to-site frequently. Consider how often you will need to pack up and move. Bringing in a very heavy desk, for example, might not be the best idea if you think you will need to move your office every few months.

However, if you think your office will be on-site for a longer time, you can plan on some more permanence for your office furnishings. In general, it may be best to choose lighter, more portable chairs, tables, organizational tools, and other items to make moving easier and quicker.

Make Room for Meetings

While you may mostly use your jobsite office for office work, it may be a good idea to create a meeting space. Planning, accounting, and many other important tasks will likely be conducted within your office. You can use your space to speak with clients and/or employees, and a meeting area with a desk and chairs is always useful for construction businesses.

Don’t Crowd Your Space

A jobsite storage trailer office is a great place to keep day-to-day business materials you need. However, it is important not to overcrowd it. Your space is still rather limited, and it is easy to let a small office become disorganized. Prioritize keeping cabinets and desks organized and try to stick to a filing system to keep documents in order. Only keep things in your office that need protection. Make sure there is plenty of walking space. It must be easy to move around and exit the unit in case of an emergency.

In Conclusion

A storage trailer office is a great choice for any construction company. It can be difficult to keep organized and conduct business without a clean, organized, allocated space, especially on a jobsite. Plan ahead and set yourself up for success by selecting furnishings that are portable and easy-to-travel. And, work with a local storage solutions company to design and install your ideal mobile office.

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Storage Trailers vs. Storage Containers: What’s the Difference?

When looking for storage opportunities for your business, you’ll likely come across the terms “storage trailer” and “storage container.” Both have the word “storage.” At a high level, they seem similar. So which is right for your needs? Both have a range of purposes, but depending on your specific needs, one may be better than the other. Start the process by thinking about the storage situation you’re in, such as the products that you need frequent access to, items that need frequently transported, whether you’ll be storing on pallets, etc. Then, you’ll have a better idea of which option will suit your needs. Read on to learn more about storage trailers vs. storage containers and how to choose one that’s best for you.

What is a Storage Trailer?

A storage trailer sits 52” off the ground and is wider than a storage container. Widths range between 96” and 102”. They have axels and wheels that make them easier to move. They can be attached to vehicles when not fully loaded (like trailer trucks) to haul, or can be brought to a loading dock and moved on-site. Trailers are easier to load and unload, and depending on your needs, overhead or swing-style doors are available.

The downside to storage trailers is that they have a higher level of maintenance due to the tires, breaks, and other components. In winter weather, snow and ice need to be periodically cleared from the roof because they are not totally weather-proof. 

What are Storage Trailers Best For?

Storage trailers are best for storing items and easily accessing them via loading dock. A trailer can be used as an extension of a warehouse, retail space, school, or other building. They are also great for storage of items on pallets due to their greater width. Trailers provide quick loading and unloading, so this can be helpful for businesses who move goods often.

Storage Trailers vs Road Trailers

Storage trailers are often retired road trailers. They are available in a wider range of sizes (40’ to 53’). Road trailers are typically newer and available in larger sizes (48’ to 53’). The biggest difference is that road trailers are registered and carry a DOT safety inspection, whereas storage trailers are unregistered and can only be transported empty.

What is a Storage Container?

Storage containers primarily function as shipping containers, originally made for ocean freight services. While they sit level to the ground so you can walk right in, they are also designed to be stacked for optimal storage purposes. Transported to a location using a flatbed truck or tilt bed, storage containers are low maintenance and provide more protection against weather, including being unaffected by snow loads.

Storage containers are typically 96” wide (exterior) and can have swing-style doors on either one or both ends for easy loading and unloading.

What are Storage Containers Best For?

Storage containers are best for those who want a low-maintenance storage option. They should be checked for water leaks periodically. You may need to oil the doors, but otherwise they don’t require much upkeep. Containers are good for ground-level access as well as stackable storage needs.

Plus, while containers can be used for storage, they can also be converted to fit other needs such as office space or a pop-up restaurant or retail location.

Contact your Local Storage Experts

Page Street Leasing offers storage containers and trailers to fit all of your needs. We have hundreds of containers and trailers available to rent, lease, or buy. If you need a storage container or trailer, our experts will help you determine which is best for you. Contact us today at 603-622-1673 to learn more about storage trailers vs. storage containers, or fill out our online contact form.

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How A Storage Container Can Help Save Money for Your Business

A variety of businesses can benefit from renting or buying a storage container, from construction companies to restaurants [CC1] and many in between. There are many possibilities in the ways storage containers can be used by businesses, from office space to storage and more, making them versatile and adaptable to a variety of business situations. Plus, with other benefits of storage containers like mobility, lack of maintenance, and safety features, it makes sense to invest in one. In fact, here are the top three ways purchasing a storage container will help save you money for your business.

1. Low-Cost Storage

Renting a storage space can be costly. This is especially true if you have a lot to store or need space for extended periods of time. However, renting or even buying an on-site storage container for storing items is likely cheaper than renting a storage space or unit.

Storage containers can be used to store anything. From files to equipment, supplies, excess inventory, furniture, or anything else taking up space that you need to move elsewhere, a storage container is a great choice. They can also be moved from one location to another. This ensures you have the items you need where you need them. No more worrying about having multiple storage facilities based on business location needs. One container can do the job at a lower cost.

2. Doubles as an Office Space

The cost of rent is at an all-time high. Save money and avoid rising rent prices with a business storage container rental or purchase. Whether you have to travel to different project or construction sites, or simply need more space to host meetings or work, a storage container is a great choice. Instead of renting a location for offices, you can rent or buy a storage container for your business at an affordable price.

Storage containers are mobile. They can go from jobsite to jobsite without packing, moving, paying penalties for ending a lease early. You can also avoid spending time and effort searching for another location. They can act as pop-up retail or restaurant space instead of purchasing a new location or renting out a new space.

Storage containers are customizable. Ask your container company about air conditioning, furniture, desks, and more, just like a regular office space. Your local on-site storage company may offer custom storage container offices that are ready-to-use quickly at your location.

3. Low Maintenance and Adaptable

With a storage container, you don’t have to worry about indoor maintenance. The smaller space makes for easy cleaning and upkeep. The inside is protected from the elements, such as rain and wind, keeping its contents in their original condition. They also keep out pests, so you don’t have to worry about your items inside being compromised.  They are often compatible with a variety of locks and security features.

Storage containers are durable, with minimal maintenance needed for the exterior. Landscaping and other maintenance is also minimal.

Plus, they can be moved or used for a variety of purposes. Their adaptability makes for a good up-front investment with little to no continuous costs.

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Curious about how a storage container can help save money for your business? If you want to buy a storage container in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, or the surrounding regions, contact Page Street Leasing. We offer quality storage containers in a range of sizes for any number of uses. With questions about creating a storage container office or anything else related to our offerings, call (603) 622-1673.

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