Shipping containers are the UK’s leading choice for secure storage – simply put, they are weather-resistant, sufficiently sturdy to withstand vandalism and can be easily transported between sites. Amidst the hundreds of enquiries we receive per month at Lion regarding storage shipping containers, is often the question of whether the customer should buy or rent their shipping container.
Whilst each enquiry is judged on a case-by-case basis, the great majority of the time purchasing outright is the better option for the customer. Here’s why…
Shipping Containers Retain Their Value
Whilst the upfront cost of a shipping container can be a sizable investment, it is also a cost that you will often be able to recover when reselling your unit. So long as you care for your container well and keep it free from any extra dinks and damage, your shipping container will maintain its value well. Especially if you only require your container for a short-term project.
At Lion, we offer a buy-back scheme for damage-free containers purchased from us within the last 5 years. This not only ensures that you get a great price for your container, but also takes the hassle of arranging transport and delivery off your hands.*
We all know that construction projects can take much longer than originally planned. Whether it’s a domestic job such as building a home extension, or a more commercial project like constructing a complex of pop-up shops, even the best laid plans can result in unpredicted delays.
Purchased shipping containers offer you the flexibility to use the storage units for as long as you require, at no extra cost. Often the upfront cost is offset by the savings you make further down the line when your schedule can run into delays with no penalty charge or everbuilding fees.
Even if you only purchase your shipping container for a short-term project with a view to resell it, that peace of mind that it is yours for however long you need it, will be one less thing to worry about.
Whilst a storage container will not often require extensive modification work, there are some key upgrades that can be made to your unit to ensure it serves as your best possible storage solution. When renting, units often come in their most basic form, without the choice for modification.
Shelving, cladding and electric installation are some of our most popular modifications for storage containers. Find out more here.
Modifications such as these only add further value to your shipping container. This ensures that your shipping container works best for your needs and that there will be even more cash to recoup, if you aim to resell the unit.
If you want to get the ball rolling on your own shipping container purchase, or even if you have further questions on whether you should purchase or rent your shipping container, contact one of our experts today.
*This offer is judged on a case-by-case basis and is not a guarantee to longer-term customers.