How Much Does A Shipping Container Cost?

What’s the Cost for a Shipping Container?

There’s an extraordinary amount of variety and flexibility when it comes to shipping and storage containers. That’s why more and more people are turning to Container Stop for their storage and shipping solutions. But how much does a shipping container cost? Shipping container pricing can vary, with costs anywhere from the hundreds to the thousands.

That wide range of prices is a feature, not a bug. It reinforces the fact that there is a variety of available shipping containers to buy or rent. Furthermore, the potential for customization means that prices can fluctuate. Finally, delivery costs can also vary depending on factors such as distance and how difficult it is to unload the container at the location.

Bottom line: The price of a shipping container ultimately depends on what you need, when you need it, and where it’s going. There are many factors that must be considered when deciding on a shipping container: size, condition, customization, and whether you’re looking to rent or buy.

Shipping Containers: California and Beyond

Container Stop provides new and used shipping containers for all of California, plus Arizona, Nevada — and anywhere else in the United States. Looking to buy something new? We can help. Hoping to rent something used? We can help with that, too. Long story short: Whatever your shipping container needs, we have the perfect solution for you.

Our most frequently requested shipping containers come in the following lengths:

  • 10 foot
  • 20 foot
  • 40 foot

However — and we can’t stress this enough — we can create custom shipping container lengths. Whether you need something 5 feet long or 45 feet long, we can create it. If you need a certain length, we’ll deliver that certain length.

Standard shipping container height is 8 feet, but we also offer what’s called a high cube shipping container; that one is 9.5 feet tall. Standard width is 8 feet. Remember, though: These, too, are just starting points since we can customize our containers to fit your exact needs and specifications — not to mention your budget.

As we mentioned above, the cost of a shipping container can vary greatly, but we think it’s important and a good idea to let potential customers know that these aren’t ugly, stifling hot, steel boxes. They can be customized!

Contact Container Stop to get the full details on shipping container costs and to start a discussion about how we can best partner with you. We want to supply all your shipping container needs. In order for us to give you a better idea of what our shipping containers cost, please do contact us.

Even better: Fill out our handy online form to request a quote so that you can provide more robust details about your shipping plans. We can usually get back to you within a day or two. We promise to be armed with all the information you need to make an informed and educated decision about what will work best for you.

Customizable Shipping Containers

Shipping containers, such as those available from Container Stop, may have once seemed out of reach for the average consumer. No more! We want you to think of us as your shipping container home. We provide shipping container solutions for a number of different customer types: homeowners, farms, big businesses, small businesses, retail businesses, offices, and more.

You may be wondering: How will I get the shipping container to my location? Answer: We’ll bring it to you. We want to make this process so simple and easy that you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of us before as your shipping solution. (See our FAQs for additional info.)

Peace of mind in and of itself is worth a fortune. But you don’t need to spend a fortune. Container Stop provides affordable mobile storage solutions. That’s why more and more people are realizing every day that we are the best at what we do. Let us help you get to where you need to be — at a price that makes you happy.

It’s what we do. And it’s why we say: Our box, your dream.

How To Build A Shipping Container Home

Building A Shipping Container Home

Readers of the Container Stop Blog may have noticed an uptick in the number of stories detailing how fantastic it would be to live in a refurbished and refashioned shipping container.

In addition to the ways in which a shipping container can be utilized to, well, ship things (and store things!), an increasing number of forward-thinkers are turning shipping containers into modern, comfy living spaces.

How do they do it — and, more importantly, why do they do it?

There are a lot of reasons why somebody might decide to turn a shipping container into a livable space, including:

  • Affordability
  • Expandability
  • Creative/design inspiration and challenge
  • Waterproof
  • Floodproof
  • Fireproof
  • Eco-friendly
  • Easily relocatable

Those are just a few of the reasons why people look to convert shipping containers into living spaces. We’ll be writing a lot more about this topic in the weeks and months ahead; there are so many fun and interesting angles to cover!

For example, did you know that the city of Wilmington, North Carolina, has an entire section of town dedicated to shipping containers that have been converted into living and working spaces?

Yep! It’s called the Cargo District. Rightly touted as “a collection of start-ups, social enterprises, art, innovation, professionals, coworking, retail shops, pop-ups, and dreamers,” the District represents one of the latest and greatest uses — or re-uses — of shipping containers into something altogether new and wonderful.

Ready To Build A Shipping Container Home?

But let’s say you’re interested in building a shipping container home of your own. If that’s the case, may we suggest you partner with the shipping container experts at Container Stop? Shipping containers are fully customizable, and we offer the best advice and workmanship to help build the container of your dreams.

In fact, we can customize your shipping container to include (among other things and depending on local building codes and regulations):

  • Doors and windows of all shapes and sizes
  • Skylights
  • Electrical systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Vents

Building a tiny home (or a roomy one!) out of a shipping container is something that can — and should — be done alongside the experts at Container Stop. Our welders and tradespeople are world-class — the best in the business.

When the work is done, your container will appear to be a full-sized, built house from the inside — with comfy and surprisingly spacious living rooms and other living areas, glass walls, sliding glass doors, and plenty of square feet of living space. These are real homes in good shape — and they tend to stay that way. With proper insulation, you can be cool in the summer and cozy and warm in the winter.

There is also the pleasure of knowing that it’s not just a shipping container home — it’s a recycled shipping container home!

History of Shipping Container Homes

According to The New York Times, shipping container homes have sprung up all around the world since at least the early 1990s. People have built them in the United States, the United Kingdom, South America, Africa, Australia, and South Korea.

“Building with shipping containers isn’t exactly new,” the Times writes, “but until recently it hasn’t been exactly mainstream either … Containers are loved by the hip and the practical, artisans and DIY-ers, engineers and construction foremen, as they are both sustainable and affordable. And used 20- or 40-foot containers can be obtained for as little as several hundred dollars apiece, so it’s not surprising that some industry professionals consider them the future of homebuilding.”

If you already know what your home plans will be like, and you’re a longtime professional like those mentioned in that New York Times quote above (an engineer, a construction foreman, etc.), then perhaps you might be able to build a shipping container home of your own.

Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll need to make it happen. (Partially compiled using the helpful info at

Building A House Out Of A Shipping Container: What You’ll Need

  1. A plan (designs)
  2. Shipping containers (call Container Stop!)
  3. Engineers (for foundational work, connections, and reinforcements)
  4. Plumbers
  5. Electricians
  6. Welders

Think you can handle all that? If not, then call Container Stop. You have a dream — we can make it a reality.


Do Shipping Container Homes Rust Over Time?

Shipping Containers and Rust

Shipping container homes are made out of metal, so of course, they can rust. However, it’s not as cut and, um, dry as that. A lot of it depends on the climate where the container is located. Wet and dry climates will affect shipping containers differently.

When it comes to surface rust, however, it’s important to remember that this doesn’t necessarily indicate that the container itself is worthless. Shipping containers are designed to last and to be rugged in and out of all kinds of weather. In fact, a container marked by surface rust or rust patches can survive a storm just as well as a non-rusted, spankin’-new container.

About Shipping Container Grades

At Container Stop, we have a wide range of containers available for sale or for rent. We have what we call “one-trippers” — so named because they’ve literally only made one trip — to containers that appear battered and bruised. But please keep in mind: Regardless of appearances, all Container Stop containers will protect the contents of what’s inside.

We guarantee it. In fact, Container Stop guarantees that all our containers are wind and watertight.

Our highest-grade containers are like new — with very little dents or dings. Even the paint on these containers shines like new. After these, we grade our containers on the amount of surface damage (dents, dings, rust patches), plus the condition of the paint, floors, and doors. The containers at the lower end of our grading scale can have numerous and large areas of surface rust — but as we mentioned, even these experienced and well-worn containers are safe from the elements.


What is rust, anyway? For the answer, we turn to

R­ust is the common name for a very common compound, iron oxide … Iron combines very readily with oxygen — so readily, in fact, that pure iron is only rarely found in nature. Iron (or steel) rusting is an example of corrosion — an electrochemical process involving an anode (a piece of metal that readily gives up electrons), an electrolyte (a liquid that helps electrons move) and a cathode (a piece of metal that readily accepts electrons). When a piece of metal corrodes, the electrolyte helps provide oxygen to the anode. As oxygen combines with the metal, electrons are liberated. When they flow through the electrolyte to the cathode, the metal of the anode disappears, swept away by the electrical flow or converted into metal cations in a form such as rust.

That’s certainly a mouthful. For those of us who haven’t taken a chemistry course since 11th grade, it can be difficult to wrap our heads around the science of rusting. But worry not! All it really means is that things rust when they come in contact with water and air. This forms a weak carbonic acid, which begins to corrode, rust, or pit the metal.

Another point: Storage containers are designed to be airtight and watertight; they’re traversing oceans, after all. But once the containers reach dry land, this same protective air- and water-tightness can actually lead to rust. How? Poor ventilation leads to condensation, which can cause the steel container to rust. It’s why we recommend ventilating storage containers.

Rust Prevention

So do shipping container homes rust over time? Yes — they can, but only over a long, long time, and the effects can be mitigated by the addition of certain types of paint that forestall the accumulation of rust.

Furthermore, most containers are initially constructed with special alloys that form a surface level of rust that helps prevent deeper corrosion (or the corrosion process itself). These are known by various names: weathering steel, cor-ten steel, or corten steel.

And last but not least, homeowners can prevent shipping container rust via vigilant and regular maintenance to fix problem areas if and when they arise.

Let us know if you have any questions!