When you are running a business,sometimes you can find yourself needing short-term (as opposed to permanent) office space. This can be due to renovations going on that temporarily reduce the space available for day to do activities, insufficient space for important documents, as well as other temporary, short-term challenges that may simply reflect the nature of the business itself. Whatever your specific circumstances, a mobile office container or trailer can fulfil your needs without busting your budget or disrupting your normal business operations.
Mobile office containers and trailers are shipping units constructed from high quality, durable materials. One of their key selling points is that they are extremely flexible and convenient in their application and design which enable them to be useful for a variety of business types – like construction sites for example – and can be customized as needed. Some types of businesses that mobile office trailers and containers are well suited for, but not limited to, include:
- Construction jobsite offices
- Field offices or labs
- Training facilities
- Recruitment offices
- Maintenance facilities
- Safety centers
Whether they are being used for storage or as extra office space, they provide a flexible, economical and efficient solution to your storage and space challenges.
While construction companies are big users of office trailers and containers due to their need to have an onsite office for their various projects, they are not the only type of business that makes use of this type of a resource. As mentioned above, many types of businesses may find themselves in need of an offsite work station for a variety of reasons – training, sales, temporary storage and so on.
There are a number of advantages to using a mobile office container or trailer, with the most important one being their cost effectiveness. You get short-term extra space as needed without having to expand or reconfigure your office. They are move-in ready and can be delivered directly to wherever the worksite happens to be located. You can also customize the layout and features to best meet your business’s particular needs
The trailers aren’t uncomfortable, bare bones type facilities either. Many come equipped with drawing tables, collapsible desks, lighting, windows, and electrical hookups, so that you and/or your staff can work easily and comfortably.
Renting vs. Owning
When it comes to making a decisions as to whether to own or lease a mobile office, many will opt for the leasing option because it is typically the most convenient and affordable. The fact that these offices are portable, means they can be brought to you for the time you need it and then taken away when you’re done with them, plus you don’t have to organize and schedule its removal yourself.
Quality control is another factor that tends to work in favor of leasing as opposed to buying. When you choose to buy a mobile office, especially if you are buying a used one, you don’t always know what you’re getting. Leasing from a local supplier allows you to research the company, read customer reviews, get referrals, etc. before you sign on the dotted line.
In addition, most leasing arrangements include liability and maintenance arrangements. If you encounter problems they will fix them free of charge and in cases of theft or damage they will help cover some of the cost.
Even though leasing is typically the most affordable option, there are circumstances under which buying might make more sense.
For example, if you plan to use the mobile office for more than 3 years, then it might make more financial sense to buy, especially if your supplier has a lease-to-purchase option available.
Another reason to buy would be if you require office space that involves a lot of elaborate, customized design and your supplier is charging you big $ for every additional feature. Some suppliers are willing and able to give you exactly what you want, while others can’t. If you can’t find a local supplier who can deliver what you want at an acceptable price, you should consider buying so you can then hire a general contractor to custom build it for you.
Remember though – IF you make the choice to buy, it will be your responsibility to look after issues including theft, damage, maintenance, permits and transporting the office.
Mobile office trailers can also be designed with water and sewage connections. Bathrooms are available, including those that come equipped with ramps and other accessories that made be needed if you have to accommodate persons with disabilities.
Whether you are leasing (short-term or long term) or buying, it is important to do one’s due diligence. Cheaper is NOT always better. While the bottom line does matter and you should obviously aim for the best deal possible, a reputable supplier will usually have a range of options, depending on your needs and budget.
Some mobile office containers and trailers come in mint condition, others look as if they have been through the wars. Below are some key questions to ask suppliers before making your final decision:
How much do you charge for delivery?
Make sure you get a quote based on dollars-per-KM and that it factors in any additional transportation fees for oversized load regulations (if your supplier is out of province). Read the fine print carefully or those mysterious extra delivery charges can come back to haunt you.
What kind of condition are the trailers in?
This is especially important if you are leasing or buying a used trailer. You’ll want to know how old it is, where has it been prior and whether it has been exposed to extreme weather conditions, how many times has it been leased before and so forth.
Is site prep required before delivery?
The ground needs to be relatively level so if any rocks or debris needs to be removed, it is important to find out if the supplier handles the onsite prep or if it is your responsibility.
Hours of Availability
While this info is typically available on the company’s website, you’ll want to know that if your air conditioning goes out on a blazing hot day or some other sort of serious issue arises that your only option won’t just be leaving a message that may not be returned for days (if at all).
At Jiffy Self Storage, we help countless homes and business’ get organized and stay organized with our innovative and durable storage products and solutions. Give us a call at (416) 74-JIFFY(54339) or contact us here.