Storage Container Delivery Preparation Tips
Effective Preparation Tips for Storage Container Delivery
As one of the leading providers of new and used storage units throughout greater Philadelphia and the tri-state area, safety, security and integrity are the top priorities at East Coast Containers. Our storage container delivery process not only involves extensive inspections of the structural integrity, but some of the fastest times in the industry. Make sure you are prepared for your container shipment by following our site preparation tips which we highlighted below.
How to Prepare your Site for Delivery of Storage Container
Each of the following are the things you must consider and prepare for before your shipping container arrives to your residential, commercial or industrial site.
Site Permit Verification: Before you buy a shipping container online it is a good idea to call your local municipality to confirm if you will need a permit for the unit. A phone call is well worth it to avoid the cost of a fine.
Truck Access: The delivery truck will need plenty of room to maneuver, turn and set the container in your preferred location. In order to make the storage container delivery process as smooth as possible, please make sure there is 10 – 15 feet of clearance on all sides.
Area Obstructions: Similarly, trees & low-hanging limbs and power lines are not safe for our drivers since we may have to tilt the flatbeds up 16 feet in the air to set your container down. These types of obstructions can hinder the delivery process.
Space to Open Container Doors: Besides delivery you must also think about your ability to use the container after we’ve dropped the unit and left. As a rule of thumb, we recommend 60’ of clearance for 20’ containers and 100’ for 40’ containers.
Hard, Flat Surface: A shipping container weighs over 6,000 pounds, which means the ground it sits on must be consistently stable, so it won’t sink. Hard, flat surfaces like concrete are best especially for long-term placement.
Stability Blocks: Wooden or plywood blocks will not only aid to the stability of the entire container, but it will also help to ensure there is no moisture trapped underneath, which can affect the structural integrity. Further, stability blocks help keep doorframes square and lend to smooth door operation.
Seasonal Ground Changes: If your container will be outdoors for an extended period, you must consider long-term site and landscaping changes such as soft ground, which will impact the container and your valuables.
Post-Delivery Inspection: Although ECC follows a strict shipping container inspection checklist to ensure the safety and security of your container, you should do your own due diligence. Check to make sure the doors open and close tightly, as well as test the locks function properly.