Colorado is a hot market for storage containers, and that makes it hard to find a cheap shipping container in Denver. Denver is a regional hub for intermodal transportation and containers loaded on trucks and trains pass through the city in volume, however many of them don’t stick around and the ones that do are in high demand.
With the growing inventory of available used shipping containers, the rising price of steel, and challenging economy, more and more people are starting to refurbish shipping containers for other purposes. It’s called many things, refurbishing, recycling, up-cycling, even repurposing… the end result is the same thing, a used shipping container being cleaned up and used for a new purpose.
Sometimes, a project simply demands that you do something the hard way (not the cheap way) and using a tool or piece of equipment in a way that God didn't intend it to be used... as is the case with burying a shipping container. The sides weren't designed to take the constant weight and pressure, and the top surely can't support disbursed weight for extended periods of time. That being said, if you simply must bury the container the safest way to do it is to used Gabion cages as external supports to carry the pressure of the compacted ground.
We have quite a few posts about container housing and modifications, and the great uses of containers around the world; so after a few recommendations we decided to pick up a copy of "Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture". Even if you don't have the time to read the history of each project, it makes a great coffee table book and conversation starter.
It's a tight economy, and everyone everywhere is looking for a good deal. Given the changes coming with Obamacare, the recent Federal government shutdown, and everything else in the world; people are interested in making every dollar they've earned go further. That being said, life goes on and we've got to keep living.
A really common question that we receive through the website is “how do I buy a shipping container?” Given that a portion of the retail clients that use ContainerAuction.com are first time container buyers, our staff and sellers are well trained and have the experience with containers to ask the right questions and make the transaction as smooth as possible. In this article, we’ll cover the initial questions, payment, and the container delivery.
Initial Questions When Buying a Container
Used shipping container modifications have become a very popular, cost effective, and environmentally friendly way to construct new housing, livable and usable structures, or storage units. All that it takes is someone with a creative mind take an every day issue and apply a modified shipping container to it.
One of the biggest differences between a new and used shipping container, aside from the obvious paint and condition, is the lack of a lock box. Used shipping containers are designed with the shipping line or container leasing company in mind; while a new (one trip) shipping container is designed with the end user in mind.