Important things to consider BEFORE your shipping container is delivered

Lets explore the following 5 most important things to consider:

1. Level/sloping sites. Sometimes a site might LOOK level, but on closer inspection, it is discovered that there is a slight slope, dip, or mound on the ground.

Why is this a problem?
If a container is not level there can be problems opening the doors and it can even affect the wind & watertight status, due to the container twisting slightly with gravity.

What is the solution?
a) Levelling blocks. A simple and cost-effective method, where a container is levelled by the simple placement of pre-cut railway sleeps under the affected corner/s to make the container level again. (for more information, please see out accessories page https://www.containersfirst.com.au/shipping-container-accessories )

b) Piers. Preparing a site that has more than a slight slope, by constructing piers (from bricks etc) is the best solution for levelling. This will also allow drainage to continue unobstructed on the site. NOTE: Delivery will need to be via Side loader or Crane truck for this type of site.

c) Blue Metal. The simple application of Blue Metal directly to the ground and levelling that area is also a simple and effective solution.

2. Access. How will the container be accessed once delivered? This may be a consideration that requires preparation and thought prior to delivery. Sometimes Ramps or steps will need to be installed, and sometimes it’s as simple as making sure the container is positioned correctly on the truck for the type of delivery and site requirements.

3. Ground water. Are there any boggy areas, or areas that become boggy with rain? This is not only a consideration for delivery (so a truck does not get bogged) but also for ongoing use. If there is a boggy patch under the container, it may cause one corner to dip, and warp the container, giving rise to the same potential problems outlines in point 1.

4. General site conditions. To access and offload the container, the truck needs unobstructed access. In some cases, this may mean the removal of a fence section or gate or the trimming of tree branches. In other situations, there may be low wires or house eves that cannot be avoided. Trucks also need adequate turning room.

NOTE: refer to our delivery guide for further info. https://www.containersfirst.com.au/your-guide-to-shipping-container-delivery

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