29 Aug Container Rental Tips
Best tips from container home rental hosts
The increasing popularity, HomeAway, and other sharing-economy businesses that facilitate short term rentals is a trend that many in the world of shipping container homes have taken interest in. While some people choose to rent out rooms in their existing homes, others are choosing to build separate residences just for this purpose. The trends have also enabled everyday people to offer up cabin and bed & breakfast experiences on properties they own in more rural settings.
Whether used as a full-time business or just a way to generate extra money when your own family isn’t using a space, these new Short-term rental platforms have really opened up some unique possibilities for people around the world.
Shipping container homes are of special interest in these use-cases, as their small size, ease of transport, and other strengths work nicely with the needs of short-term rental hosts.
Recycling materials for housing features and re-purposing the shipping containers themselves saves on the ecological footprint we leave behind. Shipping containers can be created by recycled materials or rather up-cycled as we can reuse the entire shipping container as opposed to breaking it down and creating something else.
One misconception is that homeowners buy used shipping containers for the frame of their house. This isn’t always cost-effective.
To keep the house up to code means sandblasting the entire used container as well as removing the front door. However, using shipping containers, even used, keeps from using other materials like brick and cement.
Shipping containers have a 25–30-year life span. It’s preferable to buy new containers for the framing, but used containers for any features made to the house like an outside patio roof, walls, shelving, etc. Below, the homeowner used the cutouts from his windows to create the outdoor bar.