When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.
Most construction and excavation projects often require expensive equipment, and many people can't afford to make such important investments. Luckily, there are plant hire businesses that offer machinery, equipment and tools of all kinds to help you improve the look of a home or other property. Hiring equipment rather than purchasing it allows you to drastically cut your costs as well as avoid investing further resources in the maintenance of the equipment. Here are some tips to help you choose a plant hire company.
Make a list
To simplify the selection process, the first thing you should do is make a list of potential plant hire firms. Offer priority to local suppliers with a great safety reputation even if this might mean higher up-front costs. Choosing value over price is definitely better because lower prices often mean less reliable machinery.
Obviously, you need to make sure the firm you intend to contract can rent the equipment you need when you need it. Check with the business if the machinery is available in the period you require it.
Decide on the length of lease
Before hiring any equipment, you should first agree to the length of lease. Avoid plant hire businesses that have a minimum lease term. Another thing to do is check for the firm's clause concerning extensions. If it's possible to take an extension clause, do it!
Inspect the equipment
It's of utmost importance to make sure the equipment you intend to hire isn't faulty. You should take into consideration the age and type of the machinery as well as individual machine specifications. You certainly do want to get the quality for the money you pay.
Local companies are more recommended because they can help you avoid any potential logistics and delivery problems. If you choose a non-local supplier, you should be aware that the risk of delays and delivery problems is higher.
Consumption costs and maintenance
Find out what other hidden costs there may be. Check if consumables are included in the price of the hire. If you need to pay for these on top of the hire, do know that they can be quite expensive.
Additionally, if you don't already have trained staff that can operate and maintain the equipment, better hire a professional from the plant hire company. This way you avoid any further training costs.
Don't abstain from paying a bit more for better and higher quality services. After all, your staff's and your own safety is the most important!