After much anticipation we had a shipping container delivery take place at our house site. This delivery marks the arrival of the first two containers that will actually eventually be used as living space. A very exciting moment in the beginning stages of our container house project!
Shipping Container Delivery Lead Up
The two containers had to move quite some distance. Emails were furiously being sent back and forth between all the parties for a few days beforehand, and then some more on the big day, to ensure a smooth delivery.
I sat at my computer, monitoring my email and cellphone for communications. Kevin conveyed information via Whatsapp in regards to the collection point. Louis was on site, preparing for the delivery, his phone easily accessible in his pocket. Container King, the company that helped us move the containers, was keeping constant contact with myself, the truck drivers and the contacts at the collection point.
Shipping Container Delivery Day
All the many emails and cellphone messages paid off. Before we knew it, the two containers were loaded onto trucks and a convoy of two trucks and the crane were on the roads on their way to our property.
Off-loading took place without too much drama. Our wash line got clipped by a truck but it’s sitting right in the middle of the yard, exactly where our new house will be so it will need to be moved in any case.
Sad and Neglected Shipping Containers
When Kevin and I finally got home, it was already dark, but I didn’t wait to take an opportunity to take a solar lantern and go check out the two containers. As you can probably see in the photos, these containers have been handled quite roughly in the past and were used as shops or something similar.
Sadly for these two containers, they had since been used by squatters and the smell emanating from the dark interior wasn’t exactly that of fresh roses. However, we know that some Jeyes Fluid and a power wash (with lots of safety equipment) will solve that problem and soon no-one will ever know how these poor abused shipping containers stood all forlorn and smelling worse than our neighbour’s goats.
Thanks to Gwen for the photos.
Fun Fact: A standard 40′ (12m) shipping container weighs 3.8 tonnes.
Shipping Container Delivery by Container King
If you’re looking to move a container yourself, we highly recommend Container King. Their service was impeccable. They responded to our emails quickly and were always friendly and helpful in answering our many questions. They also offer container conversions and container rentals. Find their contact details here.