Drive by the docks in New York City and you’ll see large quantities of heavy-duty, steel storage containers. Also known as shipping containers, they're a staple used by the manufacturing industry to move product across oceans and store it before delivery.

Most companies choose to rent storage units because owning a fleet of containers measuring 40 x 8 x 8 is cost prohibitive. Simply finding a place to house the large boxes when not in use is reason enough to rent. If your company is need of ground storage containers in NYC, do your homework before signing a rental contract.

What’s the Purpose?

Storage containers can hold a great deal of cargo, machinery, or off-season product, but they also can fill a number of other roles. It’s vital that you know exactly how you plan to utilize ground level storage containers in NYC, before you request any quotes. 

What Size and Features Do You Need?

Although the standard size is forty-feet, modular storage containers nyc are available in many other dimensions. The goal is to fit as much as you can in the rental and try not to have any wasted space. 

Choose from:

  •  20’ long x 8’ wide x 8’6” tall (160 sq. ft.)
  •  40’ long x 8’ wide x 8’6” tall (320 sq. ft.)
  •  15’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ 6” tall (120 sq. ft.)
  •  25’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ 6” tall (200 sq. ft.)
  •  45’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ 6” tall (360 sq. ft.)

Some of these options are considered, “custom” containers so you’ll need to check with your supplier to see if they carry what you require.

Storage containers are available with the following features for “add-on” fees:

  • Premium locking mechanisms
  • Door on one side
  • Door on both sides
  • Vents
  • Roll-up doors
  • Double doors vs. single swing door
  • Full office conversion



How Long Do You Need the Containers?

Much like securing a hotel room for a number of nights, vented storage containers in NYC are rented out well in advance. It’s important that you know not only how long you’ll need the units, but have a relatively clear idea of your start and end dates.

Hire an Inspector?

Although it’s not required that you bring in an outside inspector, you, or someone on your crew, should fully inspect the container units before agreeing to a rental contract. You’re looking for:

  •  Dents
  •  Rust
  •  Holes

It’s fair to expect a few minor dents and rust spots if the container has been in rotation for a number of years, but if any damaged areas raise red flags, ask to see another.

You’ll want to ask two more questions before accepting the rental agreement:

1. What is the container’s ISO grade?

2. What chemicals, if any, were used to treat the container for long-distance shipping?

You have a right to know both of these things. If the company isn’t able to, or chooses not to, provide you with this information, move onto the next quote on your list.

Where Is the Job Site?

Doing all the groundwork to secure the best storage containers for an office in NYC, is all rendered mute if the town shuts you down for failing to follow localized procedures. 

It’s possible you’ll need a permit. Different towns have varied requirements for permanent vs. temporary structures, distance from nearest residential home, and traffic flow.

Before signing a rental contract for ground storage containers in NYC, be sure you’ve checked all town requirements, inspected the containers, and followed up on multiple quotes.