When it comes to buying used portable buildings, there really is something to suit every need. Whether you’re looking for a cost effective office, canteen, training room or toilet unit, you’ll be able to find a solution at less than half the price of an equivalent new unit.
In this post, we explore the things you need to look for when buying a used portable building to ensure that you get the most out of your investment.
Checking the condition
Perhaps the most important factor to consider when buying a used portable building is the condition of the unit. With proper care and maintenance, portable buildings can have an effective lifespan of 60 years or more, but misuse and neglect can shorten this significantly.
Make sure you ask your supplier how old the building is, what it was used for, and where it was sited, so that you can get a better idea on the wear and tear it has been subjected to.
Before purchasing, make sure that you check the portable building inside and out for any signs of weakness, water ingress, rust or delamination. Take a look at the windows and doors to ensure that they all work and are fitted correctly, and look for any signs of mould or deterioration around the seals.
Portable buildings have flat roofs, so it’s very important that they are in good condition. Check for any cracks, damage or weak points that could potentially cause leaks in the future and examine the guttering and downpipe for signs of damage or leaks. If the portable building has double-glazing, you should also make sure that none of the units are blown.
Make sure you check the fixtures and fittings to ensure that they are fit for purpose, and that the lighting, heating and electrics all work.
Choosing the right supplier
Always make sure you buy from a reputable supplier who will let you go and inspect your unit before purchase. If the used portable building you’re purchasing is fitted with electrics, make sure that they have been tested and that you get a certificate.
It’s also sensible to buy from a supplier who will provide you with a guarantee for if things go wrong in the first year of purchase.
There are also several benefits to buying from a local supplier – as you’ll be able to benefit from more responsive support if your used portable buildings need any repairs or maintenance.
When choosing a used portable building, it’s always sensible to go and see it in person. There’s only so much you can tell from looking at pictures, so make sure you examine it closely before you invest.
Something for everyone
Whilst there is a huge selection of used portable buildings available to choose from, and you should always pick a unit that’s suitable for your requirements, you don’t need to find something that suits your needs exactly.
The way portable buildings are manufactured means that they can be easily adapted and redecorated to meet almost every requirement.
Having said that, not all portable buildings are created equally, and there is some variation in terms of the design, materials and levels of insulation used, so make sure you check out the specifications before you make a purchase.
How we can help
At Portable Building Sales Ltd., our friendly teams are always on hand to provide expert advice on the right portable building for your needs.
With a huge selection of high-quality used portable cabins available at under half the cost of buying new, all our units are in excellent condition and provide real value for money.