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FAQs About Storage Container Rentals

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Container rentals are a big part of what we do at Southwest Mobile Storage. We provide quality shipping container rentals for residential, commercial and construction customers at five branch locations throughout the southwestern United States: serving the Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas. Before and during the rental process, you may have a few questions. Here are the 13 most asked questions we get about container rentals.

13 Frequently Asked Questions About Container Rentals

1. What size containers do you rent?

We have shipping containers for rent in various sizes, from 10 feet up to 45 feet long.

2. How much are your rates for a 20ft container rental?

The rates for 20-foot storage and office container rentals depend on your location, our current availability, market rates, the length of your rental period and the container rental options you choose to add. Get a quote or contact the branch closest to your delivery location for 20-foot container rental prices.

3. How much does it cost to rent a 40ft container?

The rates for 40-foot storage and office container rentals depend on your location, our current availability, market rates, the length of time renting and the container rental options you choose to add. Request a quote or contact the branch closest to your delivery location for 40-foot container rental pricing.

4. Can I rent more than one shipping container from you?

Yes. You can rent more than one shipping container from us. If you require multiple containers, contact the branch nearest your shipping container delivery location to speak to a container expert who will work with you to find what’s best suited to your needs.

5. Do you rent containers nationwide?

No. We offer container rentals to delivery addresses within our Arizona, California and Colorado service areas. However, we sell and modify shipping containers nationwide.

6. How long can I keep my storage container at my location?

You can keep your rental storage container at your location as long as needed. Once you’re finished using the container, let your dedicated container expert know and we will pick it up.

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Container rentals are a great choice if you need short-term storage. When contacting your sales representative, make sure to mention any add-ons you’d prefer. We offer gorilla racks, pipe racks, custom exterior paints and more!

7. Is there a minimum amount of time I need to rent a container?

Yes. We require a minimum one-month rental period for storage containers, and a two-month minimum for mobile offices. When you are finished with your container or office, we will prorate it for the day after you call it in for pickup after the minimum rental period has concluded.

8. Do you offer climate control storage containers for rent?

No, but we offer temperature-controlled, spray foam-insulated storage containers rentals. These have thermostat control up to 10 degrees of the outside temperature using an HVAC unit that you must plug into a power source or extension cord.

9. Do you have containers with side access doors to rent?

Yes. We have a limited number of containers with roll-up doors for side access available to rent. Speak to your dedicated container expert for more information.

10. Do you offer modular offices?

No. Modular offices or wheeled offices require costly tie-downs, anchors and some may require on site assembly. Our portable offices rest on the ground and do not need to be assembled or installed on delivery. You simply hook it up to a power source or generator.

11. Can I alter the rental container or add to it myself?

Yes. You can alter our rental containers and portable offices, but any alterations must be undone upon return. It must be returned in its original condition. You can also choose add-ons, accessories and utilities for your rental storage and office containers from our list of container rental options.

Here’s a shortlist of the most commonly requested rental add-ons:

  • Gorilla Racks
  • Pipe Racks
  • Desk Top
  • Folding Plan Table
  • Puck Locks
  • Custom Paint
  • Packing blankets
  • Dolly ramp
  • File Cabinet
  • Padlock
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units
  • Spray-Foam Insulation

12. Do you offer spray foam insulation in any of the units?

Yes. We can add spray-foam insulation to 20- and 40-foot storage containers for rent.

13. What if I don’t have space at my location to store my container rental?

If you don’t have enough space to store a rented container at your location, you can keep it at one of our branches in Arizona, California or Colorado until you no longer need it or you’re ready to move it to a new location. You can access your storage rental at our location during business hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time Monday through Friday. Please give us at least 24 hours’ notice (one business day) before arriving to access your container.

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Have more questions about shipping container rentals? We are happy to answer them. Contact us and let us help you with your specific container needs.

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