New vs Used: Which Portable Building Is Right For Your Business?

10th March 2014

When it comes to buying portable buildings, there are a lot of decisions to make – the first of which is whether to buy new or used.

In this post, we look at the pros and cons of buying new and used portable buildings, so you can make an informed decision about what’s right for your business.

Your needs

One of the biggest advantages of buying a new portable building is that it can be manufactured and fitted out to your exact specifications, so whatever you need and want from your unit, you can have it.

If you’ve got unique or specific requirements, buying new may be the only way you can ensure that you get everything you need.

However, there are lots of used portable buildings available in a full range of specifications, designs and styles, so there is a very good chance you’ll be able to find a used unit that’s suitable for your application.

Often, it may be cheaper to adapt a used portable building to meet your requirements than to have one built from scratch.


Buying a used portable building means that you can have it delivered immediately, but unless you’re in a huge rush, timescales shouldn’t be a huge factor in your choice.

The construction method used when manufacturing new portable buildings means that they can usually be built to your exact specifications and delivered to your site in as little as two weeks.


If you’re looking for uniformity across your site, or something that will fit in with your company branding or aesthetic, then investing in new structures will enable you to tailor the look, design and style of them to your requirements.

This is especially important if you are investing in multiple units, as you may struggle to find several used units with the same exact look and feel.

Price and value

Whilst all portable buildings are considerably cheaper than traditionally built structures, when it comes to price, used portable buildings offer significant benefits. Typically, you will be able to pick up a high quality used unit that is in good condition for less than 50% of the price of buying a comparable new one.

When you take into account the long lifespan of portable buildings (over 60 years if looked after correctly), this can provide a big saving, making them an excellent choice for the price conscious purchaser.

Environmental factors

As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, all portable and modular buildings are intrinsically more environmentally friendly than traditionally built structures.

In the short term, purchasing a used portable building is more environmentally friendly than buying new, because it doesn’t require the resources, materials or energy needed to manufacture it.

However, new portable buildings are likely to be more energy-efficient than older structures, meaning that they will provide lower running costs and require less energy to run.

Whether you choose to buy used or new, you can do so with the confidence that you have made an environmentally friendly choice that will deliver significant and measureable carbon and energy savings over the life of the structure.


In the end, buying new and buying used both have their advantages, and it all comes down to personal choice, and your business needs.

At Portable Building Sales Ltd., we provide a comprehensive range of new and used portable buildings for a full range of applications.

With high quality buildings, excellent service, competitive prices and nationwide delivery, our friendly teams can help you to choose the unit that’s right for your business.

How can we help you with your next project?

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