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Why You Should Rent a Shipping Container When Renovating Your Home

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Are you making much-needed renovations to your home? Whether you’re updating one room or gutting the whole house, you’ll have to put the leftover materials and debris somewhere – not to mention your furniture and other belongings. What receptacle can you use that’s out of the way and safe? Why, a shipping container of course!

Home renovations can be stressful yet exciting all at the same time. But one thing everyone can agree on, they take a lot of blood, sweat and tears. To ensure a successful home remodel, you have to plan ahead. Part of the planning process is to work out some sort of storage solution for your stuff while the renovation is going on.

Some people temporarily move out of the home when doing improvements, while others have no choice but to stay amidst the projects. Living in a constrained space poses many challenges. You can use a storage container out in the yard or driveway as a receptacle for all your heavy items in the meantime.

Why Should You Rent a Storage Container?

In a nutshell, a container provides a central location to temporarily relocate your furniture while the renovation is going on. Plus, it provides a safe space that is weather proof too. Even if you’re only renovating one or two rooms, it can be stressful to move all the furniture from those rooms into other rooms of the home. That leaves you with a tiny space in which to live. If the renovation will take weeks, you’re best off just to rent a storage container.

Added bonus: you can accomplish the renovations faster and more efficiently.

Benefits of Using a Storage Container for Renovations

Shipping containers will:

  1. Save time you’d otherwise have to spend hauling furniture around your home, which is especially wise when you have to clear out an entire floor of your residence.
  2. Allow you to keep basements, garages and spare rooms clutter free so you can still use them throughout the project.
  3. Protect your furniture and valuables from dust, spills, and other damage.
  4. Give you a weather proof space to store even your most valuable stuff.
  5. Ensure your belongings are safe on your own property rather than at an off-site facility.
  6. Allow you to load and unload on your own time table so you don’t have to stress about strict rental timelines.

Which Container Rental Size and Capacity Do You Need?

Luckily for you, there are many sizes and capacities available to you when renting a shipping container. Consider the size of your home and how much furniture you need to get out of there. Then, you can better match up the storage container capacity.

  • A 20-foot container can accommodate items from a 3 bedroom house
  • A 40-foot container can accommodate items from a 5 bedroom house
  • A 10-foot container can accommodate items from a 1 bedroom house

Checking For Permits and Regulations

Before you rent a shipping container for an upcoming renovation, check with your town or city to find out if they allow storage containers on residential property. Most do. If so, find out how long you can keep it there and if you should know about any regulations governing the use of the container. Keep in mind, each community has its own specific regulations; when combined with the unique nature of your project, you should always verify this information beforehand.

If you live in a condo or townhouse, you should also check with the homeowners’ association before signing on the dotted line. Some HOAs don’t allow containers to be placed on personal property because they detract from the uniform look of the neighborhood.

As you can see, there are a lot of considerations to factor in when renting a storage container for your renovation. In conclusion, storage containers offer many benefits for home owners looking to maximize their space during a renovation while reducing stress at the same time. Just be sure to do your homework and make sure you choose a reputable shipping container provider.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

When want to hire a proven provider of shipping containers in South and North Carolina, as well as Virginia and Georgia, contact us for a free quote to get started. Rest assured, we have more than 40 years of experience in the container sales and rental business.

 

 

How Not to Get Scammed by a Shipping Container Provider

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Scams are everywhere, from financial scams to coronavirus aid scams. But did you know there are some less than reputable shipping container providers out there that will try to scam you? It’s true. Don’t be a victim. Follow these tips to avoid scams when looking for a shipping container provider.

Look Into the Website’s Domain Name

Find out how long the provider’s website domain has been active. Most legitimate companies have older, established websites, as opposed to a fraudster’s site, which will be very new. That’s because they pop up and disappear frequently to avoid detection.

Check For Legitimate Company Address and Verified Google Name

If you can’t find an actual address on file for the company, this is a big red flag. An established, credible company has an actual address and a verified listing on Google Maps. Make sure the profile is verified and make sure the contact information there matches what’s on their website. Strict verification methods are put in place by Google to ensure scammers don’t abuse the platform because that damages consumer trust.

Verify a Landline Phone Number

Providers that operate with just a cell phone number may be a little sketchy. A landline number indicates a central office, and this points to professionalism. To check for a landline number, look for an area code in the region of company location. Cell phones don’t always indicate location. Make sure that phone number matches with the phone numbers on the website, social media pages, and Google Maps. When you call, take note if it is answered immediately.

Learn How Long They Have Been in Business

Check out the About Us section on their website. Is the content well written or does it look thrown together or too good to be true? Is it too much information, something that could have been copied and pasted from somewhere else? You want to see a strong About Us page that details their experience in your area.

Get Several Quotes

It’s a good idea to choose at least three different providers and call them for quotes. Rock bottom prices that seem too good to be true usually are. They often lure people in with low prices just to get you to call, then hit you with hidden fees later on, or they may require you pay all up front in cash to get such a good rate.

Check for Organic Presence on SERPs

If you only see paid advertisements for the company popping up in the search engines with no organic links, take note. If a company wants to appear in organic search results, they have to have a legitimate website that engages in SEO ranking tactics. If you know anything about SEO, you know how long it takes to build up a presence on the SERPs with organic search alone.

Visit Social Media Pages

These will give you a good idea of the character of the company. Look for a lot of reviews. If they only have a couple, this isn’t a good sign. Make sure they’re recent and positive overall. Some negative reviews are normal, but you should still see if the company reached out to the consumer to acknowledge their complaint and offered to make it right.

Buy Directly From a Container Supplier

The best way to ensure you’re buying direct is to visit the company in-person rather than relying on phone calls and online interactions alone.

Ask to See the Container On-Site

It’s never a good idea to buy or rent a shipping container sight unseen. You should be met with enthusiasm when you ask to see the container, not a NO answer. This is a red flag. Most companies want their customers to be satisfied with the quality of their products, so they should have no problem showing you the inventory.

Don’t Share Banking Information

In order for a shipping container scam to be successful, it has to rely on the ability to get funds from a naive buyer’s bank account. If the company asks you for this information right away, before you have verified all details, take this as another red flag. Banking and payment info should be the very last step in the process.

If you follow the above tips, you should be assured of choosing a reputable shipping container supplier.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

When you’re looking to partner with a proven provider of shipping containers in South and North Carolina, as well as Virginia and Georgia, contact us for a free quote to get started. We have more than 40 years of experience in the container sales and rental business for your peace of mind.

 

 

How to Transform a Container into an Office

Monday, March 15th, 2021

With the shut-downs of last year’s pandemic continuing into 2021, more and more people are working from home. This is becoming a trend in the world of business, with many people setting up their own home office to operate out of either full time or part time. But if your home lacks the extra space for an adequate office, you may have to get creative.

Have you considered creating a home office out of a shipping container? It can be separate from the rest of the home, giving you the privacy and quiet you need, plus it’s quick to set up and cost effective too. All you may need are a few modifications to ensure your container gives you all the comforts of an actual office without all the fuss, cost and upkeep. Best part is, you get to stay home, being there for your family when needed, carting the kids around, doing laundry and making meals, with zero commute time.

Working from home comes with many benefits, such as:

  • More freedom.
  • More time to spend with family and friends.
  • Better work-life balance.
  • Tax write-offs.
  • Keeps your office space expenses low.

It’s possible to transform a new or used shipping container into a comfortable, functional home office.

Temporary Onsite Office Space

If working from home is a temporary endeavor for you, using a shipping container as onsite office space is wise from a financial and practical point of view. There’s no need to construct a permanent room or addition on your home, which translates to a more affordable and convenient solution.

You can put a container office pretty much anywhere, such as your back yard, no matter what the terrain or grade.

Why Are Shipping Containers Great For Office Conversions?

There are many reasons why shipping containers make for good office conversions.

  1. They’re strong. Constructed to withstand the rough conditions of the ocean, shipping containers are naturally made to accommodate a variety of uses under a variety of conditions. Because storage containers are weather-resilient, all your office documents and equipment will remain safe from the elements and secure against possible intruders.
  2. They’re mobile. Containers are easy and affordable to pick up and move should the need arise. That makes onsite containers especially ideal for project managers, construction foremen, real estate agents, architects, regional sales managers and anyone else who isn’t tied to one place for very long.
  3. They can be stacked. Need more room? Do you want to accommodate a few other office mates? No problem. Shipping containers are stackable to transform into a multiple story structure.
  4. They’re spacious. Containers provide enough room to outfit yourself with a standard office, from furniture and desks to printers and computers.
  5. They’re durable. Made to withstand outdoor conditions, shipping containers are rugged and durable, with weatherproofing features that ensure your belongings, furniture and electronics are protected at all times.
  6. They’re customizable. If you want to add other features to your office that didn’t come with the original unit, you can. This includes switching out the flooring, adding a lighting system, putting in new doors, and installing an air conditioner system.
  7. They’re affordable. It’s much cheaper to buy a shipping container as an office than to construct a permanent structure.

Modifications You May Need

There are a few modifications that may make your onsite office more functional, comfortable and secure for you. Common office modifications include:

  • Insulation
  • HVAC systems
  • Windows and doors
  • Shelving
  • Wiring, electrical and lighting for Internet, phone and lights
  • Flooring

You may also want to add a coat of fresh paint to the interior and add some decorative touches. If you bought used and there are some holes, scratches or dents, you’ll have to repair these first.

Doors and Windows

Doors are necessary for entry and exit, while windows are necessary for light and ventilation. Standard shipping containers typically come with double swing doors at either end of the unit, but if you want to customize your unit and put in a standard door with steps or a ramp, you can do so after the fact.

Once you know the requirements of your onsite office, you can start designing the perfect container for your needs.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you need a shipping container to convert into an office, please contact us in our North Carolina or South Carolina offices. We would be happy to assist you in finding the ideal container for your needs at the price that fits your budget.

 

 

How to Create a Shipping Container Office for Home

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

shipping container office

Those who are well versed in the tiny-house movement won’t be surprised by this proposal at all. But for everyone else – and that’s most people – the idea of turning a shipping container into a workspace is likely a foreign concept.

However, shipping containers offer an inexpensive structure that can be simply converted into an office space with as many or as few improvements as you would like to add.

What Can You Do With a Shipping Container Office?

You might be surprised about what you can do with shipping containers to create a home office. First, it is important to be aware of the fact that people build entire, multi-story houses out of shipping containers. So what can you do to make a home office container?

The limits end with your imagination. 

But also the size – most shipping containers come in a size of 8 feet by 20 feet. Some double ones are 8 feet by 40 feet. At the least, you are working with 160 square feet of office space, so you will need to get creative.

There is no reason you cannot fully convert a shipping container to an office-like setting. Real doors, windows, flooring, walls, lights, exterior siding and trim, heat, and air conditioning can all be added to the shipping container office.

Whether you envision a classic home office set-up that gets you out of the house and into your own space, or an art studio with lots of light, a shipping container is a great foundation for your dreams. Build your dream home office shipping container with this basic starting point.

What Are the Benefits of Using Shipping Containers?

Need a structure that is useable – if not perfect – fast? That’s a shipping container. The day it is delivered you can begin to use it as a shelter for work or living while converting more permanent sections of it such as windows or electric lighting.

You’ll save about a third of the time you would spend building a wooden studio by starting with a shipping container.

Given their need to remain structurally sound and block out water on a long ocean crossing, shipping containers are a ready-made shelter.

These are great for colder areas given the nature of a metal exterior. You gain passive solar heat. Insulating the container is a great idea for both warm and cold areas, but be mindful of how much space this may cost in the already narrow container.

Rather than sending a shipping container that’s on its way to retirement from the shipping lanes to the scrap heap, why not repurpose it into your home office? Recycling in this way is much better for the environment.

Do You Live Somewhere a Shipping Container Office is Permitted?

Like all great building ideas, zoning rules can immediately squash the project you are oh-so-passionate about. Before you decide a shipping container home office is the only answer to your work from home office needs, verify that you will be permitted to have one on your land.

Some things you may need to check on are how close to your property line you can place the container and whether or not providing electricity or plumbing to the container will affect your home’s assessed value and therefore taxes.

How Do You Buy a Shipping Container?

There are several options for buying a shipping container. Companies like us – Transocean Equipment Management – sell shipping containers for a variety of purposes. As shipping container conversions become more popular, we are happy to work with those looking to build.

If you are looking for a shipping container to purchase, decide what your budget is and what condition would be acceptable. 

You will likely pay over $5,000 on average for a new shipping container. You can also find small, used containers for under $1,500.

Most used shipping containers are only sent to transport products once, which reduces their exposure and degradation. If you are looking for a used shipping container to build a shipping container office, you will need to ascertain the level of rusting. Also, investigate the possible exposure to corrosive or dangerous substances in transport.

Don’t forget to factor in transport to your location. This may add additional costs or require a secondary company to actually move the container. Placing the container on your land may mean finding a forklift or crane to position it.

Before locking in a purchase, try to get quotes from every step of the process so there are no price surprises.

Who Will Help You Convert?

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You can design a shipping container office by yourself, but you can also work with an architect to design the exterior conversions and interior changes. Before any work begins, an architect or engineer should be consulted to ascertain the structural integrity of the changes you plan to make. 

Hiring tradespeople to assist with the actual conversion is not just smart – some locations may require it. For instance, to be up to code you made need to have an electrician do final wiring on electric work you need done.

In the tiny house community, many workers specialize in building small spaces and converting things like shipping containers or vans. Finding tradespeople with this  specialized experience may give you the best outcomes.

Search Tiny House or Tiny Living groups to find recommendations for local workers in your area.

First Steps

Once you have committed to purchasing a shipping container and received your permits, you will be prepared to have your shipping container delivered to your property. 

By working with an architect or engineer, you locate an area of level ground that will be best to place your shipping container on. They will also help you choose what sort of foundation will be best for your container. 

Depending on your land and weather, you may need to choose between putting the container on elevated pillars or a concrete platform.

Conversions to Make

Cut doors and windows into the sides of the shipping container, rather than using the heavy end doors already installed in the container. 

Add all the comforts of a home. If the container’s walls, ceiling, and floor are a basic frame, then easily convert insulation, flooring, sheetrock or wood walls, lighting and outlets can all.

A great conversion that will make your eco-friendly shipping container office even greener is to add solar panels. Depending on the placement of your shipping container on your land and the condition of your home’s electrical panel, opting for an autonomous power source like solar panels may be your best bet. 

What DIYs Are Achievable for the Average Person?

There are many parts of converting a home office shipping container that can be accomplished without the help of a contractor, depending on the skill level of the DIY-er.

While things like cutting window holes or running electrical wiring should be overseen by a metal fabricator or electrician, respectively, the container owner can tackle other projects.

Framing inside the container with two-by-fours is a job that requires someone with basic hammer, drill, saw, and level skills. Packing insulation is likewise an intro-level DIY.

Though sheetrock hanging is likely a two-person job, it is also something that can be a do-it-yourself afternoon project.

With simple click-lock flooring systems or self-adhesive vinyl tiles, most anyone can lay floors in a container office.

Painting and decorating – likely the most fun part of the job – are also the part of the project that takes the least amount of know-how skill. Make the container your custom dream office with some classic paint colors and interior decor.

A Proper Container Build-Out Is a Valuable Investment

Going into a conversion of a shipping container thinking that it will save you oodles of money may be the wrong approach. It can save on construction costs and the time it takes to put up a structure. Paying to do things correctly (like a foundation and proper  permitting) is worth the cost.

Budget appropriately so that your shipping container office is comfortable and useable, with the correct amount of insulation, temperature regulation, light, and power sources for your work. Creating a unique, functional space adds value to your property.

A Shipping Container Office Starts with the Right Container

Transocean Equipment Management has a wide variety of shipping containers you need for creating a shipping container office at your home. We offer a variety of sizes and types, as well as new or used containers. Containers are customizable to meet your basic need for the shell of your home office.

Want to get to work inside of the box? Think “out of the box” with Transocean Equipment Management.

We are happy to provide a free price quote online. Get in touch today to learn more!

When is a Used Container a Wise Choice?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Now that you’ve made the decision to purchase a shipping container, your next question is: should you buy new or used? The answer to that question will depend on many factors, such as intended usage and budget.

In general, used storage containers are those that are retired from cargo service, so they may not look shiny and blemish-free like new ones will but you will save money. Plus, used shipping containers don’t compromise on security and weather proof qualities. If you don’t mind a few dents and some surface rust, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t buy used.

Why Buy Used?

Here are a few quick reasons why buying used is a good bet. Buy used if:

  • You’re on a tight budget.
  • You don’t care about appearance, i.e., you’re not using it for a tradeshow, pop-up food truck, boutique or home.
  • Top-of-the-line selection isn’t important to you.
  • You want the most affordable pricing.
  • You want a long service life, but you’re willing to compromise on a few years.

With used, you can still have your choice of condition, color, size, and configuration, and you can add any customizations or modifications you want. There’s minimal ground prep required, and you can still choose from many sizes: 20 ft, 40 ft, 45 ft, 48 ft and 53 ft.

Considerations

When buying used, you will have to be a bit more diligent in your research on the units themselves as well as the provider.

  • Supplier Reputation: Dealing with a reputable company for your used shipping container is key. Don’t make any rash decisions. Take your time to do your homework and research at least a few different companies. After all, even a used shipping container is a big investment, so you want to make sure you’re not spending a lot of money on a lemon. You want some assurances that the provider will be delivering on what they have promised. Fair prices, solid reputation and many years in business are all things to look out for.
  • Container Inspection: While not always possible, it’s best to check out the container in person rather than buying it sight unseen. Look for holes in the unit – get inside the container, shut the doors and see if you notice light shining through anywhere. If so, there are holes. Next, check for properly working doors and locking mechanisms. Inspect the roof for dents that may lead to pooling water, leaks and rust spots. Eventually, these will turn into holes. Take note of anywhere you will have to do some patching.
  • Delivery Costs: It takes a lot of work to load, transport, and drop off a used shipping container. The driver has to secure the container to the truck, access the site, and drop off the container safely. This all costs money. Ask what the delivery costs are up front. Is it included or is it an extra charge?
  • Toxic Exposure: Many times, used containers could have been used to transport toxic products. This means you may have to provide additional treatment in order to safely reuse the container as, for instance, a living space or to transport food.
  • Need for Repainting: You may want to repaint the container once you take ownership of it. First, you’ll need to make any necessary repairs, and that includes addressing rust spots before You can treat problem areas with rust converter.
  • Features: Make sure the used container you are considering has all the features you’re looking for, such as:
  1. Single-door entry
  2. Double-door entry
  3. Windows
  4. Durable flooring
  5. Ventilation
  6. Internal locking system
  7. HVAC systems
  8. Shelves
  9. Storage space

Buying used may mean you have fewer selections when it comes to hitting everything on your must-have list. Therefore, you may have to make some compromises. Just remember you can always add on modifications later.

In the end, the decision to buy new or used is a highly personal decision. You may not care that it doesn’t look perfect. Maybe your budget will only allow for a used model. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with a used shipping container. They serve a solid purpose and can still give you many years and even decades of use.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you’re ready to buy a used shipping container, please contact us in either our North Carolina or South Carolina offices. We would be happy to assist you in making this important decision!

 

Questions to Ask Your Georgia Shipping Container Provider

Monday, February 15th, 2021

When in the market for a shipping container in Atlanta GA, you likely have a lot of questions for the provider you choose. This is, after all, a big decision. The shipping container provider you choose has to be trustworthy, and the products they sell must be durable. Here are some questions to ask your Georgia shipping container provider.

Questions to Keep in Mind

How long have you been in business? The answer to this will give you an idea of how long the shipping container provider has been serving customers in your area. The longer the span of service, generally the more they can be trusted. But this isn’t the only factor that can tell you about trustworthiness. You’ll also have to take a look at reviews and testimonials to get a clearer picture.

What are your delivery options? Most providers, Transocean included, offer two options: flat-bed and roll-back. Roll-back trucks can be used when the customer doesn’t have their own off-loading equipment on site. You will need to provide a lot of clearance so the truck can get in and out. If the customer does have a fork-lift or crane they can use on site, then the container company can deliver with a flat-bed truck, which saves money.

Can you set the container directly on the ground? This isn’t usually recommended, but will depend on the type of container, condition of the landscape and purpose of the container. It’s wise to rise up the container on railroad ties, cement blocks or boards to act as a makeshift foundation. Otherwise, the container could sink unevenly into the ground over time.

How long does it take for delivery? Most providers can deliver the container within a week or less. This could take longer if you have asked for modifications, such as windows and doors, shelving, ventilation or custom paint. Your provider should be able to give you a timeline of delivery based on your specific requirements.

What modifications do you offer? Speaking of modifications, most storage container providers do offer modifications to the units they sell. Those modifications can include anything from windows and doors to shelving units and custom flooring. Keep in mind, any modifications you make will add to the price tag of your unit. The custom additions you select will depend on the intended use of the container, whether you plan to use it as a mobile office, popup food stand, school or garden shed.

How old are your containers? If you decide to buy a used shipping container, this is an important question to ask. Used shipping containers could be up to 20 years old, and they come in a variety of conditions. Age is often a big factor in how providers price their inventory. But even used shipping containers have to meet certain criteria for durability and sustainability to handle various weather conditions. You should always inspect the unit you’re interested in beforehand to ensure it meets your needs.

Can you provide references? Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Once you have that contact information, actually reach out to those previous clients to find out their satisfaction level with the shipping container company. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • Did you get a new or used container, and what was the condition of the unit when it arrived?
  • Did the company handle issues promptly?
  • Did they go over pricing and address any budget concerns?
  • Was the unit in the stated condition, or were you surprised to find damage?
  • What modifications, if any, did your unit contain?
  • Was it delivered on time?
  • Were you surprised later on by unexpected charges?

On top of calling references, go a step further and look into the company’s reputation. Check social media, read reviews, and ask family and friends which shipping container companies they have dealt with in the past.

What are your prices? This is an obvious question to ask, and will vary greatly with the size, type and age of the unit you select. Whatever the case may be, make sure you get a detailed breakdown in writing so you’re not surprised later on with fees such as surcharges, Customs duties, terminal handling, and penalties for overweight containers or late collection. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount, especially in off-peak seasons within the shipping industry. Also, don’t forget to ask what forms of payment they accept. Find out if they offer financing as well.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you have more questions about purchasing a shipping container in Atlanta, Georgia, please contact us for a free price quote at 910-483-7828.

Popular Shipping Container Modifications to Consider

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Shipping containers are great on their own, but they’re even better with modifications. These are things you can do to the interior or exterior of your unit to enhance its comfort, functionality, efficiency and appearance. From shelving to ventilation to some cool accessories, here are some popular shipping container modifications you can consider to suit your needs.

Branding

If you are using your container for business purposes, you can have it painted or wrapped with your brand and logo. You can incorporate anything from signage to contact information with hours. Magnetic signs are ideal in many instances, because you can change them out as needed. Branding is important for businesses that need increased visibility to promote what they sell, from real estate to food.

Interior Paint

Standard shipping containers don’t come painted on the inside. You have to add that after the fact. Many people decide to paint the interior of their container when it is being used as an office, food stand, restroom, etc. – basically for any purpose where people will be spending time on the inside and appearance of the unit is a concern, i.e., guests, customers, employees.

Flooring

Typical storage containers come with simple marine-grade moisture-resistant flooring. But you may consider upgrading the flooring if your unit will be acting as a conference room, mobile office, training room or any other professional environment. You may want to go with a fresh vinyl flooring choice with a classy wood plank design, for instance.

You may need a more durable choice if your unit will act as a mobile restroom, though, such as polyvinyl flooring that is slip-resistant and easy to clean. If you are using your container as a portable gym, you may consider installing rubber or soft mat flooring.

Mobile Office Upgrades

If you’re using your converted storage container as an office, you will need the amenities that will make your job easier, such as laminated counter tops, seating, white boards, filing cabinets and shelves.

Plumbing

If you’re running a restaurant out of your storage container, or you need it to include a bathroom or workplace kitchen, you can add a fridge, counter space for a microwave and other small appliances, full plumbing systems, sink, seating, and stove.

Lighting

For applications that require additional general and task lighting, you can add anything from recessed lights to pendant lights. You can even incorporate LED lighting for personnel doors. For added security, try motion sensors that activate the lights when motion is detected.

Rooftop Decks

Why not make good use of the space above the container? Add a rooftop deck if you need to survey your work site, for example.

Locks

If your container will house things of value, you should probably invest in a variety of locking mechanisms that will offer more security beyond the standard locks. These choices can range from cargo door locks to security swing arms to lock boxes.

Miscellaneous

There’s really no limit to the modifications you can make on your shipping container. Some more popular options include:

  • Windows
  • Roll-up doors
  • Sky lights
  • Heat and AC units
  • Security bars
  • Vents and fans
  • Framing and insulation
  • Electrical
  • Partitions
  • Solar panels
  • Shelving

Benefits of Shipping Container Modifications

There are several benefits that come with making modifications to your shipping container. By adding custom features, the sky’s the limit when creating the ideal space for work, home or play.

Your container is:

  • Completely customizable
  • Affordable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Safe and durable
  • Weather and rodent resistant
  • Convenient
  • Personalized
  • Comfortable

A shipping container is mobile, which means it’s good for temporary uses. When done, you can pick and move to another location for the utmost in convenience. You can make your container all your own with just a few simple – or complex – changes that suit your needs and your budget.

The Many Uses of Shipping Containers

There are many reasons why you would want to modify your existing storage container. You can convert them to serve virtually any function or purpose, such as:

  • Ticket booth
  • Security booth
  • Hydroponic container farm
  • Garage
  • Home
  • Sports equipment locker
  • Pop up café
  • Pool
  • Shed
  • Theater
  • Bistro
  • Field hospital
  • Studio
  • Sauna
  • Art gallery
  • Disaster shelter
  • Student housing
  • Camper
  • Playhouse
  • Lab
  • Backyard pool house
  • Guest house
  • Indoor garden

 

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you would like to learn more about the modifications we offer, contact us for a free price quote at 910-483-7828. We would be happy to go over the choices available to you with your new or used shipping container.

Benefits of Steel Containers for Your Non-Profit Organization

Monday, January 18th, 2021

If you think all steel storage containers are good for is to ship goods overseas, think again! They’re perfect for all sorts of applications, from homes and on-site offices to overflow classrooms and yes – non-profit organization headquarters. As a non-profit, you may not have a lot of money for extraneous purposes, which is what makes storage containers such a great option.

Here are some advantages to choosing steel containers for your non-profit organization.

Affordability

Operating your business as cost-effectively as you can is imperative in this line of work. Whether you serve the homeless or make crafts for kids in the hospital, you can achieve your goals with steel containers by protecting your bottom line. Not only are these containers affordable outright, they are relatively inexpensive to maintain and customize. You’ll certainly spend a lot less than if you were to hire a builder to construct a permanent structure for your organization. Why not try a storage container? They’re easy to move, relocate and customize.

Shared Space

Many members of non-profit organizations tend to meet in a central place, such as at a church, community center or local business. If your business has to share space, it can be a real challenge to store supplies, make sure your inventory is secure, have room for office work, and host your weekly gatherings.

This also makes it easy to hold fundraisers, community awareness events and other events. After all, these events are what fuel your organizations all year long. As a nonprofit, charity or religious organization, you likely rely on donations to operate — not just monetary donations but resource donations as well. Holding a convention not only builds community morale, it encourages donor pledges.

Steel containers make convenient, affordable storage solutions that help you do much more than hold a fundraiser. They can also literally hold equipment, materials, signs, paperwork, products, swag and more.

Flexibility

There is an inherent flexible quality to any steel container, because it can be utilized in a variety of ways. From pharmaceutical storage to Little League equipment storage to construction site offices, there’s really no limit as to what you can use your container for. Plus, you can use one container for more than one purpose, such as by partitioning it into sections. Modifications add an extra layer of functionality, as you can choose to put in plumbing, heating, windows, and AC units per your needs.

Examples of Who Can Benefit From Steel Container Units

Many non-profit organizations can take advantage of steel container units, such as:

  • Churches
  • Homeless shelters
  • Community centers
  • Satellite libraries
  • Food banks
  • Food pantries
  • Donation drop-offs
  • After school activities
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
  • Toys for Tots
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Social organizations
  • Community organizations

As you can see, any non-profit can benefit from such versatile containers!

The Many Uses of Storage Containers for Non-Profits

When considering how you will gather with the other members of your organization or community, your first thought may be to rent a space in a permanent location. However, this can get very costly very fast, especially if you must conserve funds. Plus, you also have to share these spaces with other organizations, such as within libraries, schools, civic halls, and more. Why hassle with that?

There are so many varied uses of steel storage containers that you can take advantage of. You can use steel storage containers as hubs for your meetings and other gatherings, as well as a space to:

  • Collect toys, books, clothes, and other items
  • Store event materials like supplies, signs and equipment
  • Transport items between locations
  • Store important documents
  • Hand out food
  • Hold fundraisers, donation drives and conventions
  • Mobile blood collection sites

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re giving a sermon to 20 people and want to hand out religious paraphernalia, or you’re holding a fundraiser for the local hospital, a steel container can meet and exceed your needs. Best part is, you can rent a container if you only need a temporary space, or you can buy one if you need a permanent space throughout the years.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you are looking for a non-profit organization headquarters alternative, we would be happy to give you a free quote on our new or used containers when you contact us at 910-483-7828. In addition to new and used models, we offer specialty units and modifications to make your space unique.

 

Shipping Containers for On-Site Storage: How to Weather the Storm

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

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The weather can be quite nasty, and you want to make sure the shipping container you own or rent will be able to make it through Mother Nature’s wrath – not just in times of rough weather but through the long test of time. Wind and water are the two big things you have to worry about when it comes to what will impact your container.

Whether you use the container for storage or shipping goods, it’s wise to buy one that’s wind and water tight for the ultimate in protection.

What Does Wind and Watertight (WWT) Mean?

In a nutshell, it means these shipping containers can guard against wind and water. Shipping containers are built to withstand driving rain and high winds, as well as sunlight and snow. However, they can’t be used for shipping goods overseas, like cargo worthy containers can. WWT containers won’t have leaks or holes, but they may have patches or repairs. This is why they can’t be shipped overseas.

Why are storage containers so durable? They feature corrosion-resistant Corten steel for an extra level of protection in even the harshest of environments. They’re perfect for use as on-site storage no matter where you are located.

As part of the manufacturing process, sheets of this steel make up the sidewalls, floor and roof of the container, welded together and edges sealed to ensure WWT conditions.

Heck, shipping containers can survive without damage through earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and even tsunamis. So they are certainly built to withstand some moisture.

Difference Between Watertight and Waterproof?

While they sound the same, they’re actually quite different. A watertight container will not allow water to get in because it’s manufactured that way. If you’re transporting liquids, it will provide the reverse effect: it will hold the liquids in without leaking.

By contrast, a waterproof container has a special coating applied to it that resists water. However, water could still get in if there was enough exposure to it. A container that is watertight and not simply waterproof will prevent water from getting in, but the reverse is not true.

So, what about condensation? Will watertight containers be infiltrated by condensation when subjected to damp environments (i.e., grounds) as well as temperature fluctuations? Well, it’s certainly true that damp soil can get into your metal container and lead to condensation. This is what has led to the corrugated construction and special paint featured on most modern containers today – to prevent and reduce the instances of condensation buildup. With older watertight containers, sometimes you have to open up the doors and ventilate the unit to get rid of any accumulating condensation.

Fire-Resistant Qualities

Shipping containers can also make it through a fire pretty well. In fact, they are often converted into firefighters’ training facilities! Studies show that WWT containers are able to contain their own fire, which is smart since they’re often stacked one on top of another in a shipyard. It makes sense to make them fire proof so the damage can be contained.

Durable Floors Can Hold up to 55,000 Pounds

That’s a lot of weight! No one usually thinks too much about the container floor, but the fact is, this is the most important part, responsible for supporting extremely heavy loads of all sizes and shapes for 15 years or more – if treated well. You want your floor to be tough, so it can resist dents, dings and scratches due to items you may drop on it or scrape against frequently.

You often have a choice of:

  • Original plywood or bamboo
  • Steel or aluminum
  • Wood vinyl planks
  • Coin vinyl
  • Epoxy coating

Most often, they come standard with thick pieces of marine plywood on top of a steel frame. This is often enough to give you the durability you seek with your storage container.

Shipping Containers are Great for On-Site Storage

Shipping containers, even retired ones, are built to last through the years – up to 15 years in fact. After their useful life at sea, they can serve many more years as on-site storage units with minimal maintenance. You can also add modifications to spruce it up and give it new life, such as through roll-up doors or a custom paint job.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Get a free quote on our new or used containers when you contact us at 910-483-7828. From new and used to specialty units and modifications, we have the right container for your needs to weather any storm.

What to Know Before Buying a Storage Container in North Carolina

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Thinking about buying a new or used shipping container in North Carolina? Before you make any type of purchase, it’s critical that you do your homework and read up on the process. Making an informed decision on a shipping container is extremely important, as this is a big investment that will last you for decades if done right.

Check out these things you should know before purchasing a storage container in North Carolina.

1.  Look for a Local Company with Wide Reach

You want to be assured of excellent customer service and personalized attention, which is what you get when you choose a local company that is used to operating in the desired area — in this case, North Carolina. They have local knowledge of the area’s requirements when it comes to storage containers so you can be assured of the most specific service possible.

On the other hand, you also want a company with a national and global reach that can meet all your requirements by applying the latest industry knowledge all over the area.

2.  Find an Experienced Company

This is critical. A fly by night company can’t be trusted to provide quality, reliable services. You want a company with many years of experience in the shipping container sales industry, one who can provide the most dependable, diversified services. Be on the lookout for:

  • Professionalism
  • Growth and innovation within the industry
  • Focus on customer service
  • Years of experience
  • Good reviews
  • Affordable prices

3.  Focus on a Variety of Container Options

You also want to find a company that gives you access to a wide spectrum of options in regards to new and used models, as well as availability of sizes and modifications. For example, we offer many sizes and configurations, like:

New:

  • 20’ standard
  • 40’ hard top
  • 40’ high cube
  • 10′, 16′, 20′, 24′, 40′ and 45′ lengths
  • Double doors on one end vs. both ends of the containers

Used:

  • 20’ insulated
  • 20’ standard WWT
  • 40’ standard A grade
  • 40’ standard WWT

4.  Choose a Company That’s Reliable

When you plan to invest a lot of cash in a product, you want to be sure you don’t have a sub-par experience. Rather, you want to partner with a company that puts customer service first every single time, one that gives you a smooth, seamless experience for peace of mind and  continued professionalism.

Additionally, you should feel comfortable and happy with your choice in storage container companies.

5.  Choose Diverse Services

On top of simple shipping containers for sale, search for a company that extends related services to finish out its offerings, such as modifications, storage, specialized units, locking mechanisms, and delivery options. The company you select should make it very easy to purchase or rent a shipping container, backed by free quotes, 24/7 availability and friendly service.

6.  Invest in Quality Materials

Not all shipping containers are created equal. You want the one you choose to be made of the best material, and that is typically Corten steel, which lasts the longest and will stand up to weather, time and rust.

7.  Hire an Inspector

Consider hiring an inspector to check out the container in question. If you need a secure, sealable, container for long-term use, then you will get peace of mind knowing you’re getting the best product backed by assurances of an experienced inspector.

8.  Consider All Uses and Modifications

If you have a specific use for your storage container in mind, be sure to tell the company from which you’ll be buying the unit. They can better direct you to the best shipping container for uses such as:

  • Construction Site Storage
  • Storm Bunkers
  • Garden Sheds
  • Fireworks Stands
  • Hay or Feed Storage Barn
  • Inventory Storage
  • Job Site Offices
  • Little League Storage
  • Barriers

As you can see, there are many considerations to keep in mind prior to buying a storage container. From price to experience to quality, do your research on each company you consider. Narrow down your selections, call each for details and rates, and only then make an informed decision on buying a storage container in North Carolina.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more about why we are the best when it comes to storage containers in North Carolina, please contact us in one of our two North Carolina offices in Fayetteville or Supply. Call 910-483-7828 or email bob@transoceancontainers.net.

 

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