It is the dream of everyone to own a home. While it is a dream that is achievable, it entails a long process since a home does not come cheap. Luckily there are different options when it comes to homeownership such as a mortgage. There are also shipping container homes which are becoming increasingly popular. Initially, shipping containers were mainly alternatively used for storage and that is why many companies came up with decals for your storage containers but the trend has since changed. When you are looking into shipping container home, some of the factors to keep in mind include:
Size of the container
The size of the container will influence the size of your house. Most of the time, containers have a standard size of 8 feet and 6 inches in height but you can get bigger containers. For example, the size of 9 feet, 6 inches is also common. The bigger you can get, the better it will be for you since you will need to insulate the container which is mostly done at the ceiling. If the container is small and you insulate the ceiling, it means that there will not be much space for the headroom. It is, however, important to note that a bigger sized container will require you to dig deeper into your pocket but the extra cost is worth it.
Buy the container in person
The internet has come with so much convenience and at the moment you don’t need to physically go and buy something as you can do everything online. With containers, however, it may cost you. On the internet, they may look all good and new but in the real sense, they are damaged. Buying a damaged container will be an extra cost to you as you will have to repair it. When you inspect the container in person, you can inspect for signs of rust, dent, and many other things that you would not have identified in pictures.
Research for local planning regulations
In all locations, there is a certain planning regulation that should be adhered to. There is nothing as bad as you are set with your container home but it does not comply with the planning regulations. In areas which are under city zoning, you need a permit in most places.
Choose the right type of insulation
When choosing insulation, it should be per the weather patterns in your area. If you are in a cold area, insulation should keep your house warm, if in rainy area insulation should be for a vapor barrier and if you are in hot area insulation should be to keep your house cool. There are many other things to consider when choosing insulation such as the size of container, budget, and style and preference of your home.
Choose the right contractor
It is only when you get the right contractor that you will attain your dream home. Some may disadvantage you by cutting too much steel from the container which may disadvantage you. Even though modification is important, it should not be overdone.