It is cheaper to rent or lease an office trailer than it is to purchase one, but only if the trailer is being used for temporary, short term projects. A business that uses one or more office trailers on a very regular basis will find that buying one can, in the long run, save a significant amount of money.
It has been estimated that the average cost of an office trailer ranges from $15,000 to $45,000. Naturally, it is possible to purchase a used trailer for less than the above mentioned price quote; however, it is risky. A used office trailer may not come with a warranty, leaving you in serious financial trouble if the trailer breaks down shortly after the purchase.
There are many factors that determine the cost of the trailer. Its size, included features and amenities and even a company's geographical location will all have a bearing on how much a trailer will cost.
At the same time, bear in mind that it may cost anywhere from $1,000 - $5,000 to deliver the trailer and get it set up. These costs are not typically included in the purchase price. State sales tax is also not generally included in the price tag.
Those who purchase a cheap trailer will find that it costs a fair bit of money to obtain needed features and amenities. For instance, it may cost at least a couple hundred dollars to set up the plumbing for the trailer kitchen and/or bathroom. If the trailer does not have an HVAC unit, then purchasing and installing this can also be quite costly. Additionally, a business may be required to install a wheelchair ramp and/or other features so that the trailer will be in compliance with the ADA.
When shopping for cheap office trailers, make sure that the selling price includes all hidden fees. If not, calculate how much it will cost to cover set up and needed features and amenities to ensure that you are getting the best possible deal.