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If you are looking for shipping container hire in Melbourne, then there are some things which you should look for in a business, before you commit to hiring a shipping container from them. Most shipping containers are pretty similar and are built to uniform sizes, but the companies that hire them out differ immensely. With a little bit of work though you can narrow down the search and find a company that supplies quality shipping containers at a competitive price, and also provide you with excellent customer service.

Use the Internet

The internet can be a great tool to find things, as well as information, as long as you know how to use it efficiently. If you do a search in your browser be as specific with your keywords as possible, and instead of typing in “container hire Melbourne” type “shipping containers for hire in Melbourne” and you will turn up a number of different companies offering their services, and all are claiming to be the number one in their industry. Try and narrow down your search to the top 4 or 5 companies and see what each one is offering and at what price. Price is an important factor, but there are also other things that you should consider;

  • Lead Times
  • Quality of Shipping Containers
  • Flexibility of Hire
  • Contracts and Small Print

Testimonials and Reviews

Although you need to take them with a pinch of salt, reading client testimonials, as well as looking at forums on the internet, is a good way to get people’s firsthand experience with dealing with a particular business. There are many different forums and websites out there, so it should be easy enough to find one with information about the company that you are looking at.

Contracts and Terms and Conditions

The basic details of the terms and conditions, as well as the fine print in contracts, are something that a lot of people overlook. If you are looking to hire a shipping container, then there are companies that do not tie you into a contract. This means you start to pay for the shipping container the day it is dropped off, and you stop paying for it the day that it is collected. This is especially good if you are unsure of the exact length of hire that is needed. Make sure that you read all of the small print supplied by all of the companies, before you commit to hiring a shipping container from any of them.

Quality Products

By now you will have read the company website and seen reviews and testimonials from clients, so you should have a good idea of the products that are being supplied, as well as the customer service that is offered. When you are using a shipping container for storage, or for transport, you need to know that the container is sturdily built and has been fully protected against the elements, as well as corrosion. You need to feel that your cargo is going to be safe and secure and that the weather cannot get to the contents of the shipping container. Try to choose a company that produces all of their own shipping containers, as well as does all of their own modifications, as you will tend to find that they have a greater pride in their work, than if it was sub-contracted out.

Finding a Balance

When you weigh up the price, level of service, as well as the quality of products offered, and also contractual obligations, you should be able to make a balanced decision as to which company to hire a shipping container from. There is a world of choice out there, so choose wisely and make sure that the option you choose is the best one for you and your shipping container requirements.