Frequently Asked Questions

How does the ordering process work?

Although you have the option of purchasing directly online, most clients use the pricing reflection to get an idea on cost. The ordering process includes:

.Discussing the project at a consultation

.Choosing a design/plan

.Selecting additional upgrades if applicable.

.Permitting Process if applicable

.Budget & quote.

.Confirmation of quote.

.Signing the contract.


.Laying Foundation


.Installation workers/contractors go to site.

.Assembly and inspection.

How strong are Developod containers?

Very. 14-gauge corrugated steel sides. 14-gauge steel roof. 14-gauge steel cam-locking double doors.

How much space is needed for delivery?

A 20′ storage container needs approx. 75′ of straight clearance. For a 40′ storage container, there is approximately 100′ straight clearance. The width requirement is approximately 12′. A minimum of 20′ overhead clearance is required at the drop off location. Any obstacles like trees and overhead wires must be cleared prior to delivery.

How do you deliver a Developod home?
Devlopods, LLC, will deliver your container to you via a tilt-bed truck if you would prefer us to unload it at the desired location. The driver will back the trailer and lower the end of the container until it touches the ground, and then will pull straight out from under the container. Our representative will ask you if we should load the container with the doors facing to the cab or to the rear of the truck. You must make that decision based on the desired location of the container door at your site. In confined areas a lift truck or crane can be used to set the containers. If building with more than one container, we will install them in proper order after foundation has been prepared.

Is there any site preparation necessary? Where can a container stand?
The only thing to be concerned about is that the surface is fairly level, smooth, and firm. The truck and trailer weigh over 30,000 lbs.  A concrete foundation of pier and beam concrete pillars will be laid, and drivers will set in place. Drivers will not drive off of a road or paved surface. If you need an off-road delivery, it is best to discuss the road condition in advance. In considering the resting location for your container home, please know that asphalt, gravel, grass, earth, and concrete surfaces are all acceptable. The container is self-supporting at the four corners but will be supported with a concrete footing.

What color will my storage containers be?
Developod containers vary in color but are repainted. Our designers will help you select the best color for your home.

Can I move the container home later?
Yes. However, Developods pricing on products does not include a moving price after initial delivery/set up. Containers are forklift-able, stackable, and fully portable; however, certain weight restrictions and damage liability limitations do apply. Always consult with a Developod sales representative before attempting to move the container yourself.

Storage containers and Connex boxes? What’s the difference?
Storage containers, shipping containers, Connex boxes, domestic containers and portable steel containers are all names for the same thing. The name tends to change depending on the region of the country or, sometimes, the industry.

How soon is delivery from time of order?
It depends on what modifications are being done. If you choose a model that is already designed, delivery can be within 24-72 hours. If you have hand-selected your design it depends on several factors. It generally takes 4-6 weeks per 20 ft pod as a rule.

What type of payment is required on delivery?
For purchases, credit must be approved and then an invoice for the total sales price, which includes delivery charge and sales tax, is sent on the day of delivery. If you prefer not to use credit, C.O.D. arrangements can be made. We accept checks, cash, Visa and MasterCard.

Are the locks on my containers protected?
Yes. All Developods that have the doors still attached are equipped with four cam rods and four padlock hasps.

How far does Developods deliver?
Currently we are located in Austin, Texas and prefer to stay local. We have partners also in San Antonio. Please give us a call at (512) 998-1995 to discuss which product you would like and we will attempt to arrange it but depends on a varying of factors.

What are the measurements on a Developod?
A 20′ standard container will is about 1,150 cubic feet, and 160 square feet. A 40′ Standard will hold about 2,400 cubic feet and is 320 square feet while a 40′ High Cube has almost 2,700 cubic feet.

How big are Developod containers? What does a container weigh?
Standard lengths are basically 20′ and 40′. There are 8′, 10′ and some 45′ containers available while most other lengths need to be constructed. 20′ containers weigh a little over 2 tons, while 40′ containers weigh between 3.5 and 4.2 tons.

What is the difference between a “standard” and a “high cube”?
A “standard” can be either 20′ or 40′ or 48′ long, but they are all 8′ 6” high. A “High Cube” refers to a container that is 9′ 6” tall and is available at a premium higher than average pricing reflected.

Do you have 30′ containers or between 20′ and 40′? Do you have containers larger than 40′?

Yes. Most sizes  greater than 20′ but  less than 40′ need to be constructed. Quite often 40′ containers are shortened to the required length. These containers will not, unless otherwise agreed upon, be CSC plated. We do have some 45′ containers in our inventory and could construct containers of virtually any length. Please talk to your Developod representative about your specific needs.

What flooring is in a container? Do you have containers with steel floors?
Sine the 1990’s almost all standard containers have been manufactured with plywood floors. Some earlier containers were manufactured with plank floors. Reefer containers have aluminum “T” section floors. A small percentage of new containers are manufactured with steel floors. Most container flooring is treated with hazardous chemical pesticides that aren't suited for humans. We make sure to remove that flooring and replace with a fresh plywood before insulation and installing of new flooring.

Can Developod containers be stacked?
Yes. Containers are built to be stacked and, through the 4 corner-posts, most containers can safely support over 300 tons of static weight. The roof panels and side top rails can support only lightweight items without causing permanent distortion or damage.

Can Developod containers be modified and still shipped?
All containers shipped via rail or sea should comply with ISO and CSC regulations. In principal any modification that changes the integral design or structural strength of the container should be re-tested prior to shipment. However, most modifications made to a container can be shipped via flatbed truck or trailer but may also need a forklift/crane. Check with your Developod sales representative regarding your specific needs.

What is the condition of a new/used Developod container?
Most of the new containers are manufactured predominantly in China. Therefore, new containers available in US from Developods LLC have all been transported from factory sites by rail, road and sea transport. In order to save shipping costs most containers are offered to shipping interests on one-way use basis. Due to the fact that Developods uses our containers for home-living purposes, we only select one-use containers so you can get the most life from your container.

By allowing a shipper to use the container for a single load, our cost to position a new container into North America is reduced significantly. These savings are reflected in the price to you. Though, the majority of used containers are typically 10-14 years old when sold by the international shipping interests that originally owned and operated the equipment in international trade. Most are sold, as they are considered to have reached the end of their practical working life. This does not, however, mean that containers are valueless or without new productive applications. Therefore there is a grading system that addresses the important aspects depending upon the intended use:

New (1 trip)- ONLY WHAT WE USE
Premium or IICL-5 (2 to 8 years old): Excellent condition, meets specific repair standards suitable for regular cargo use.
CW – Cargo Worthy (Over 8 years old): Structurally sound, suitable for project or single move shipping.
WWT – Wind and watertight (over 8 years old): Suitable for storage.
AS IS: Minor damage, should be inspected prior to purchase.
Handyman: Needs work, damage to the container could be expensive to repair.

How long will Developod containers last?
Without any form of preventative maintenance a new container, in a storage environment, should last for many years. Steel containers were built to withstand hurricanes. Steel containers eventually rust, and attention should be paid to areas of rust and preventative maintenance should be performed as required.

What is our privacy policy?

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Developods, we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the ongoing operation of one of our services.
  • In our blogging products, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what’s visible to the public, seen by search engines, kept private, and permanently deleted.

Below is our privacy policy, which incorporates these goals. 


Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Developods collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Developods; purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Developods' visitors use its website. From time to time, Developods may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Developods also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Shopify blogs. Developods only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Developods websites choose to interact with Developods in ways that require Developods to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Developods gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Developods –  are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Developods collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Developods. Developods does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Developods may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Developods may monitor the most popular blogs on the site or use spam screened by the Developods service to help identify spam. 

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Developods discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Developods behalf or to provide services available at Developods websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Developods' websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Developods will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Developods discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Developods believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Developods, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Developods' website and have supplied your email address, Developods may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Developods and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Developods takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Developods does not use cookies to help Developods identify and track visitors, their usage of Developods website, and their website access preferences. 


Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Developods and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.


Comments and other content submitted to our anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives or missed spam, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives and missed spam.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Developods may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Developods' sole discretion. Developods encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.