Originally Posted by Teutone
Hey Dig, I have been looking into them. Could you tell (or PM) me about your cost?
I bought them 3 years ago when steel shot skyhigh (figures
). They were 2 grand a piece. Had I bought them 8 months earlier when I first checked into it, they would have been $1200 each so it varies. Oddly, it was only $400 more for a 40 footer but the guy said there wasn't enough turn space to fit it down my driveway and into the back yard. THAT would have been sweet. At the price for local rental storage units, I have already saved more than the cost of that plus I have the convenience of having them right on my property.
You should be able to get a much better deal in LA because of all of the shipping there. Baltimore has a port but not that many people are liquidating these things. I was over a barrel.
Mine were straightforward, somewhat rusted and dented containers. I didn't care because I knocked off the rust and painted the spots with Rustoleum and then covered the whole thing with the siding. Since they are side by side, I didn't need as much siding and it looks like one 16 x 20 building now. I'll try to post pics later this week when I get a chance to get out there in daylight.
There are companies out there that convert them for construction and storage use. They weld a new end in place of the doors that has a regular steel household type door if you don't need tractor trailer-like access. I was going to cut a hole in the side of one for a door but I really haven't needed it and it keeps the integrity of the seals intact. No bugs, animals or anything else gets in them.
On a side note, I know of a guy who used a box off the back of a truck with a roll up door. He installed a garage door opener and keep his Harley in it. He presses the remote when he gets home and rolls right in!
Almost forgot...in Maryland they are considered temporary storage so they aren't subject to local building codes as long as you don't build a roof on it to make it look more like a building.