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Shipping Container FAQs

What are Common Shipping Container Sizes?

These are the most common sizes that we sell at Bob's Containers. For any other specific dimensions, please reach out to us. We may be able to customize a common size container or find you one.

  • 20 ft Standard (20’ x 8’ x 8.5’)
  • 40 ft Standard (40’ x 8’ x 8.5’)
  • 40 ft High Cube (40’ x 8’ x 9.5’)

What are the Different Types of Shipping Containers?

We only sell used containers that are rated "cargo-worthy (CWO)" which means:

  • Working cargo doors with good seals
  • No leaks or holes
  • Strong and functional floors

New containers are also available at request.

Can I Visit the Yard and See My Shipping Container?

We currently require appointments for yard visits due to COVID-19 protocol. As your build progresses, we do send you pictures along the way and all of our containers come with a right to refuse delivery if the product is not up to standard.

How Long Does it Take to Deliver My Shipping Container?

It depends on two main factors - location and type of container. For simple storage containers, 1-3 days is a safe estimate. For custom builds such as container offices or container homes, 2-3 weeks is standard. We can also expedite shipping if you are located near the major cities we serve - Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Denver, and Columbus.

What if I Don't See the Custom Build Options that I want?

If you want something that's not on our website, call or email us! We have an excellent crew, and we are confident that we can do most modifications on container homes and offices.

Can I Sell You the Container that I Purchased from You?

Yes! If you no longer need your container for whatever reason, we will make you an offer based on the condition of the container. We will need to see some photos to make our assessment. Regardless of whether you purchased the container from us or someone else, we would be interested in taking a look!

Is My Container Home or Office Built with a New or Used Container?

It's up to you! For more details on which type to choose, check out our blog on this topic here. All containers are “used”, but some have only been used for one trip. This is what would be considered a “new” container in our inventory. This are of the highest quality without getting one fresh off the production floor.

Buying a Shipping Container

Making the choice to buy a shipping container is only the beginning. With the wealth of information out there, good and bad, it can be hard to find the right partner to execute on your wish list while keeping your safety in mind. Whether you are looking for options to outfit your office, building your custom container dream home, or looking for shipping container transportation services for your own needs, we are sure to have solutions for you.

How Far Do You Deliver?

We have solutions to ship all over the world. We have hubs in integral parts of the United States and continue to expand throughout, but depending on your location and build, shipping costs can quickly increase. Give us a call to gather an idea of delivery options available.

Is Delivery Included in Website Costs?

No, our shipping varies for each location, so the prices reflected do not include the cost of shipping. While there is some variability, our standard shipping rates are as follows:

  • Company Tilt Truck - About $4/mile with no need for forklift. If the trailer can fit, we can unload it.
  • Flatbed Truck w/ Forklift or Crane - About $3/mile with additional cost associated with the forklift or crane.

Shipping will either be calculated at checkout on the website or discussed with your container specialist as we put your quote together.

Do You Offer 10 ft Shipping Containers?

While most of our designs feature 20 or 40 ft containers, we do have access to 10 ft options. In most cases, since these are such specialized products, they will cost more than a 20 ft option. If you are interested in a 10 ft shipping container, please give us a call!

Do You Offer Multi-Container Builds?

Absolutely! But the initial appeal can degrade once we discuss pricing. Many folks have lofty expectations for a container home mansion, but in most cases these types of builds will be more expensive than a traditional stick and frame home and need different types of permitting. We can help with all of the above, but do be prepared for a considerable cost increase from the models available on our website. The best prices for a build of this type come into play if you do not connect the containers directly. This eliminates the need for on-site welding, which doesn’t come cheap.

How Do Your Bathroom Sizes Work?

A full bathroom is made up of a sink, a shower, a bathtub, and a toilet. For our three-quarter baths, you have all of the above with the bathtub replaced with a shower. For our half-bath options, you just have a sink and a toilet for you and your guests.

What Can I Use to Stabilize My Container?

The 4x8x16 concrete blocks sold at home depot are great options for stabilization and you can probably pick them up very close to your home at your local home improvement store.

What Exterior Color Options are Available?

We use behr premium paint for each of our builds. You can see a list of available options here.

Are There Other Pictures?

We do our best to keep our website updated with recent pictures, but if you are interested in seeing something you don’t currently see, reach out and we will see what we can do. Feel free to visit our shipping container gallery for recent photos of builds.

Can I Finance My Shipping Container?

You can absolutely finance your shipping container! We offer various options whether in house or 3rd party and each have their own set of pros and cons. For more information, please visit our shipping container financing page.

Are Fixtures or Furnishings Included?

We do provide fixtures, but not furnishings. Fixtures include your kitchen base cabinet, electric, stovetop, sinks, toilet, shower, etc. Our base price does not include the refrigerator, couches, beds, etc. Please contact us if you have any questions on outfitting your container.

Can I Design My Own Floor Plan?

While we think our models offer great options, some folks want to design their own space and we are here to help! This will be a consultative based project as these options are not readily available on our website due to the custom nature.

Are These Shipping Containers Insulated?

Since the majority of our work falls to shipping container homes, we outfit most of our shipping containers with the following insulation:

  • R13 - 2" closed spray Foam in walls
  • R21- 3" closed cell spray foam in the ceiling
  • R6 - 1" closed cell spray foam under a container

Do You Move Shipping Containers?

Yes, we move shipping containers every day! If you are looking to have us move your shipping container the initial cost is $550 for pickup. If your delivery location is less than 50 miles, there will be no increased cost. Once you go over 50 miles, you will be charged at a rate of $3/mi.

How Often Do Prices Change?

Prices fluctuate with the market and industry. We are constantly getting new inventory at various prices. The prices on our website reflect up to date data.