Today the guys at Mobile Mini called me back. Here's the breakdown to rent a 8'x15' conex box:
$87.50 a month
That's a lot of money.
If I wanted to buy their 8'x15' box it would cost $3,400. The 8'x10' is $3,100.
Then I searched on Craig's List and was able to find a place in Phoenix that sells used shipping containers and delivers them.
The cost to buy:
$2,550 for an 8'x40'
$525 for delivery
This was good! I know there is a place in Tucson so I continued my search but it was good to get a price finally.
Then a friend reminded me that I should set it where I wanted it to stay and connect it to the utilities. Hmmm, that would add extra costs and take much more planning. So, I called the county permitting department to inquire if permits were needed for a shipping container (no need to go in to my guest house plan right away). Unfortunately, the lady who replied informed me that conex shipping containers are not allowed on residential property, only commercial property. Uh-oh. I said, so the ones my neighbors have are illegal? She said yes. So I can't even rent one? She said no. Gee, I wonder if the Mobile Mini people know that. I guess as long as no one complains, no one cares. I asked her what it was about the boxes that made them illegal. She said that the state of Arizona has categorized them as "commercial" so they can't be allowed on residential property. I asked what it would take to become a commercial property. She said it was complicated, I would need a development plan, parking plan, etc...
That left me only one option...I send an email to the governor. Really, I did. I couldn't figure out which department to send my email to so I just sent it to the governor. I'm sure she will straighten this whole thing out and I can proceed with my plan. I'll just wait for her reply....