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Rental Equipment Tips


There are numerous advantages to renting specialist construction equipment rather than making outright purchases.  It is not just a question of controlling costs but convenience too.  With this in mind let’s look at rental equipment tips to help you make your construction business be more productive and cost effective.

Check the Terms and Conditions

When choosing an equipment provider check the terms and conditions.  You do not want to be saddled with equipment for longer than you need it as you will almost certainly be charged.  Similarly, if you need the equipment long term can you get a price reduction?  It is worth asking questions to be sure.

Other aspects to check is what happens should the equipment be damaged and how quickly can it be replaced.

Shop Around

Shopping around for the best tool rental deal is always a good idea if time allows.  This can give you a significant saving over both the short and long term.  It is good practice to shop around for the best deal overall, however, and not just for the best price.  It could be that overall it is worth paying a little extra if it means you can get the job done faster, or the terms offered are far more favourable.

Build a Good Relationship with your Specialist Equipment Supplier

Once you have found a good reliable specialist construction hire company, it is a good idea to maintain a good relationship with them.  This helps ease the stress of running an operation and if you need a favour, a solid relationship with a supplier is more likely to yield a favourable result.  This can save both time and money in the long run.

You might also want to inquire about loyalty reward schemes they operate and asking for discounts for bulk orders.

Ensure the Equipment is Suitable for the Job

It is easier than you think to make an error when hiring equipment for a job.  You could for example order scaffolding that is not high enough or unsuitable for the terrain.  It could be that you’ve gone for mini digger hire when you wanted something more akin to a bulldozer.  This is especially true if you’re working from an office away from the actual site, and or you’re under pressure to get the job done.

Some companies maybe understanding in these circumstances but others will not be and charge you.  In this day and age, who has the budget to waste?  Make sure you know what you need before ordering it.

Hire for More Time than you Need

It is always a good idea to hire the equipment for more time than you think you will need it for.  Things do not always go according to plan and you do not want the work held up because you have to give a vital piece of equipment back to a supplier.  Many construction business owners and managers hire for the worse case scenarios.

It could be a good idea in these instances to see if you can get refunds and discounts for the early return of equipment.


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