Construction and building companies often have several different projects going on, and although a project may have different specifications, there are certain things they all have in common: they all need specific equipment, and due to the site, they will always be different.

Purchasing your equipment and machinery may sound attractive, but in an insecure market and with projects ranging from large to small, from simple to complex, it’s important that you think hard before committing to the purchasing of heavy equipment. Often it’s much better to rent. But how do you choose? Here are some top tips to remember when renting equipment for your building project, as confirmed by crane hire Hull specialists like APH Cranes & Access.

The advantages of renting

The advantages are well known, and include (among many others):

  • Planned and controlled cash flow without having to spend a large sum of money as initial investment.

  • Maintenance, housing, and expert handling agreed upon in one contract.

  • Less downtime – you pay for how long you need it. When you purchase, you’re not sure when you would need that machine again.

  • The right tool for the job; and up-to-date, too. This is very important for the sake of efficiency, and it’s something that buying won’t afford you – when you buy, you have to use what you have at that time.

  • A lot less headaches when it comes to hiring or training personnel.

What to look for

When doing your research and getting in touch with potential companies, see how they answer the following questions:

  • What are the costs, how are they reflected in the contract, and what services do they include?

  • What is your regular maintenance schedule when it comes to the equipment you have, and when I am using it?

  • How will you respond if some of the equipment isn’t working, and what is your response time?

  • What are your pick up and delivery times?

  • Do you provide training? What kind? To whom? What expert advice can we rely on?

  • Do you have any connections to local businesses (of the site), and how can you help me in terms of collection of discarded materials, the provision of new materials, and other logistical issues?

Of course, the above questions can only be asked to those companies that have made it to your shortlist. You should have other considerations in mind, such as the logistical details of storage and the site, of training that can be offered, of partnerships that can be created when it comes to the supply of construction materials, or the removal of debris. The point is this: whilst renting gives you great advantages, you should make sure you choose your partner carefully. Your project should never suffer.

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