Choosing the right container for your storage needs is the most important aspect of the hiring process. However, it is also essential to prepare the site on which the container will be placed before the delivery day. Failure to do this can create inconveniences during delivery and throughout the hiring period. Here are some tips on how you can prepare your site to ensure efficiency and convenience in the use of the container.
Lay a foundation
Many people who rent storage containers prefer not to build a foundation for them. If the ground on which you intend to place the container is solid, stable, and even, you can skip the foundation. However, the following factors may necessitate the need for building a foundation for your container:
- A site with wet or boggy ground which can cause a part of the container to sink. It can also result in moisture build-up under the container. This can increase the humidity inside the container or make the flooring damp.
- A location that's prone to foxes, rabbits, and rats. These animals can dig under the container and nest underneath the cavities if it's placed on the ground.
- Uneven ground which can create storage challenges as the container will be leaning towards one side.
Once you have established that you need to lay a foundation, you will be required to choose the ideal materials for your foundation. If you have rented the container for a short period, you may consider the following two foundation options:
- Concrete footings
- Wooden beam footings
Both options involve building footings to support the four corners of the container. Concrete footings should be laid a few days or a week before the delivery date to allow the concrete to cure.
Contact the delivery driver
Contacting your delivery driver before loading and transportation of the container is essential. The driver should be informed on where the container will be placed so that he can prepare the necessary equipment. Also, you should let the rental company know in advance if the container will be loaded with the door facing the cab or the rear of the vehicle. This can eliminate difficulties during the placement of the container on the site.
Prepare the site area around the site
Preparing the area around the site can eliminate challenges during offloading. For instance, make sure that there is enough space for the delivery truck to access the site, pack, and back out. Also, confirm that there are no low-hanging power lines or tree branches along the path which can interfere with the delivery.
Preparing the site for container delivery can eliminate challenges during the delivery and placement process. Follow these guidelines and maintain contact with your container hire company to ensure that you finalize the hiring process with no hitches.