Stay on the job, wherever it is, with mobile office trailers
With today's technology, we like to think that we can work out of a briefcase—all we really need is a laptop or PDA, a cell phone and perhaps paper and pens. At the end of the day, though, businesses still keep records and files, hold meetings and perform functions that require space—space that can only be provided by an actual office.
If you require a temporary office space to administer a construction project, conduct on-site sales or house employees during expansion or renovation of your traditional office building, an office trailer rental is the perfect solution.
Office trailers are portable, prefabricated buildings complete with windows, doors, electrical wiring, heating/air conditioning and basic finishing (wall treatments, flooring, fluorescent lighting, etc.). They come in a variety of sizes, and some are even wired for telephones and include basic furniture such as office desks and chairs.
Mobile office trailers are the ideal solution for businesses requiring temporary, additional or portable office space in a hurry. Although it is possible to buy office trailers, and used office trailers can often be found at reasonable prices, almost 90 percent of office trailers are rented or leased, allowing businesses to return them to the rental or leasing company when the space is no longer needed.
Considerations for Portable Office Trailer Rentals
Portable office trailers come in many different sizes, accommodating from 1 to 10 people. Generally, experts recommend 100 to 150 square feet per person. That measurement is for workspace only—it does not include bathrooms, kitchenettes, meeting rooms or other such areas.
Most dealers carry trailers in a variety of sizes to meet their customers' needs. Just make sure the dimensions you're getting are for the usable interior space. Some dealers list the exterior length (including the hitch), which can add up to 4 feet to the measurement and is not an accurate representation of available workspace.
Of course, you should also consider the exterior dimensions, especially if you have space constraints or site planning issues. Your office trailer will need to be accessible and should have a berth of space around it for people and/or equipment to pass.
If you need a more customized design, a modular office trailer can often be assembled to your specifications. These may or may not be mobile, and they are likely to be more expensive than straightforward trailer rentals, but depending on the length and amount of use, they can still be a cost-effective option.
The final consideration is, of course, your particular situation and needs. For what and by whom will the trailer be used? How many people must it accommodate? Does it need to be accessible? Do you need bathrooms, meeting rooms or kitchen facilities? Do you require Internet access or other special equipment setups? How long do you need the office trailer for?
Discuss your plans in-depth with the rental company and be sure to compare prices and options in order to get the best deal.