Shipping Containers and Storage Sheds

Generally, it is common to see storage sheds in the backyard of every house; storage sheds are typically made out of wood and the main reason for their popularity; it offers extra storage in an enclosed space. On the other hand, the idea of using shipping containers for storage has increased in popularity as it also provides secure enclosed storage space. Here we will suggest the benefits of using shipping containers for storage over storage sheds.  


Durability and Maintenance 


Shipping containers are made of steel, whereas storage sheds are usually made of wood. Shipping containers are built to last, with the steel construction; it can withstand six more containers stacked on top of it.

Shipping containers have an average lifespan of 25 years and will last longer if well maintained.




In terms of security, items stored inside a shipping container are more secure than in a wooden shed; since shipping containers are made of steel, it is hard to break in. With shipping containers being wind, water and rodent proof, it gives you peace of mind knowing that your belongings are well kept inside the container. In addition, most shipping containers used for storage will have a lockbox installed; it adds extra security as it preserves your padlock and ultimately prevents bolt cutters.




Shipping containers also offer the option for you to move them easily; as most shipping containers have forklift pockets, you can relocate your shipping container using a forklift to the ideal spot.


Here at ContainerWest and LuckyBox Storage, we offer shipping container rentals for storage and container sales. For more information, please visit our website or call us at 1-800-561-9530 for inquiries.


Used vs. Ex-rental Storage Containers

Our ex-rental storage containers versus "used" containers

At ContainerWest and LuckyBox storage, we provide various storage options to fulfill your storage needs. Although our primary focus is on container rentals and modifications, we sell containers occasionally. In terms of storage containers to purchase, we offer new (one-trip) units and our ex-rental storage containers for sale. Here we will list the basic features of our ex-rental units and compare them with other shipping industry-graded “used” containers to suggest why our ex-rental containers are more suitable for you.

Our ex-rental containers are our older rental containers that are about 10 – 12 years old, and they are typically either Crème or Beige in color. They are all excellent condition. Even though our rental customers technically used these containers, we make sure that all of our ex-rental containers going for sale are wind, water and rodent prove guaranteed.

Perhaps the main difference between our ex-rental containers and other shipping industry-graded “used” containers is the condition and quality of the container. Shipping industry-graded “used” containers have all been on cargo ships, which are exposed to water and salt. On the other hand, our ex-rental storage containers have only been on land; they maintained their quality to qualify as suitable containers for sale. We genuinely believe that our ex-rental storage containers are in much better condition than the “used” containers in the market. It will also benefit you for long-term storage, as our ex-rental containers will last longer in time than a 20+ years old rusty bucket.

We sincerely understand that customers would like first to view the container to learn its condition before deciding to purchase; feel free to come by our facility and arrange a viewing of the container or request photos of the container, and we will send it over to you by email.

Feel free to visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-561-9530 for inquiries.

Drive up Self-Storage - Things To Keep in Mind

LuckyBox Self-storage facility
LuckyBox Self-storage facility

For our ground access drive up self-storage rental, we allow our valuable customers to park their vehicles on the driveway beside their storage unit to store their items. We also provide a garbage and disposal bin in our storage facility in Richmond, BC, for our customer’s convenience. There are regulations for the usage of our storage facility our customers should consider for all our customers to enjoy the convenience of our self-storage rental equally. Here are things our customers should keep in mind when using accessing our storage facility:

The type of vehicle entering our facility

As mentioned, for our drive up self-storage rental, customers can park their vehicle beside their storage unit to store their items. Our driveway is designed to accommodate space for moving vans or trucks to park and unload items temporarily. On the other hand, our driveway cannot fit big trailer trucks, along with a loaded container with items to store. The main reason being our driveway is relatively narrow; it would be very challenging, if not impossible, for a big trailer truck to turn. Moreover, the loaded container will block other customers’ access to their storage units.

It is also essential to specify that the driver should always be on-site. If other customers want to access their storage unit, the car will be mobile to move temporarily.

The use of the garbage bin

The garbage bin provided in our storage facility is mainly for personal use. It is crucial to remember that commercial waste, such as cardboard and other business-related waste, should not be dumped into the bin.

These are the regulations for using our storage facility; we should cooperate to make our storage facility enjoyable and usable for all our customers.

The Difference Between Our Portable and Stacked Storage Options

LuckyBox Storage stacked containers

In terms of storage, we offer different options and services. If you are moving, we highly recommend our portable storage and stacked storage options; the two services mentioned are alike and similar. Here we will break down the details of each service and indicate the main difference between the two so that you will better understand which rental option to choose.


Portable Storage


We offer two container sizes for our portable storage option: 10’ and 20’. We will first deliver an empty container to your site. You then load the storage container up with your items at your location. We will pick up your loaded container and store it in our facility. We will deliver the loaded container from our facility to your new location whenever you are ready. After unloading all your items, we will pick up the empty container, which will be the end of your rental.


The maximum load for the items to be stored in the container is 3000 lbs. We charge a $100 viewing fee if you need to take something out from your storage container at our facility. The portable storage option is best if you are moving and do not have a location to store the container.


Stacked Storage


Our stacked storage option also offers two container sizes: 10’ and 20’. You will first arrive at our facility for this storage option with your items to store. You will load the container up with your items at our facility, and after loading is complete, we will stack the container up to the pile and store it for you. When you need your items back, please give us at least one business day notice for us to lower your container down to ground level. You will then come to our yard and unload the items from your container.


The stacked storage option is our most affordable storage option, given that you have transportation covered. The maximum load for the container is also 3000 lbs, and we charge a $100 viewing fee, just like portable storage.


The main difference between our portable storage and stacked storage option is transportation. We recommend our stacked storage option if you have your transportation covered, as it is the most economical storage option. We recommend our portable storage option if you would like to enjoy the complete package, with storage and transportation arranged for you.


Feel free to visit our website for more information or give up a call at 1-800-561-9530 for inquiries. We are always happy to help!