Photo: If you are looking for a home that will last the test of time, a shipping container is one of the best options. Shutterstock.
Don’t Purchase Anything Before Viewing It
Like any other large purchase and investment, you should never purchase a shipping container without seeing it first. There are many reasons for this. First off, pictures can be extremely deceiving. Online listings can also cover up shortcomings or hide any defects. The last thing you would want is to purchase a shipping container online only to arrive damaged. If you are working to save money, make sure your shipping container’s quality is not where you decide to cut corners. If you do not want to purchase a brand new shipping container, you might think buying a dented container will save you some money.
While this may be true, and you might be able to save a few bucks by purchasing a used container, you will not want to buy a dented one. The shipping container is the foundation of your home, and it is crucial to purchase one that is sufficient, solid, and not full of toxic chemicals. You want to do your research and ensure that you are careful about buying a container that isn’t damaged, dented, or has been full of harsh chemicals. All of these things can be extremely damaging to your home and even your health if you are not careful.
While this has been briefly mentioned throughout this article, it deserves to be mentioned again because it is critical. It has long been said that failing to plan is planning to fail. Building a tiny home out of a shipping container is no different. The best shipping container homes have been thoroughly prepared for months. The planning stage allows for identifying mistakes in advance of the build and allows for a change of ideas. The more errors that can be placed before the construction begins, the better for you. Why? It is much easier and less costly to catch a mistake and correct it in the planning stages.
Like any other large project, the number of details and decisions to be made can be overwhelming. Commonly, you might change the house layout a few times throughout the process to find the perfect fit for you and your family. Another key tip is to allow yourself plenty of time during the planning process. This extra time will ensure you can thoroughly think through your design, sleep on it, talk it through, and change it before genuinely committing. It is easier to change your thinking and plans during the planning stage. Doing so during the construction stage can be costly and cause time delays.