When I started working with my Uncle Bob last summer, I assumed that construction would be an easy, fun way to make a few extra bucks. However, I quickly discovered that construction work was serious business, filled with risks, difficulty, and rewards. After almost being creamed by a few backhoe booms, I learned how to stay out of the way. However, staying safe around heavy machinery isn't always easy to do. My blog talks about how to use machinery properly and what you need to do to stay safe so that you can return home to your family each and every day.
Most construction companies own a wide variety of construction equipment, but it does not always make sense financially to purchase every type of equipment available. For example, if there is a piece of equipment that may only be used several times a year for different types of construction projects, it doesn't make sense for a construction company to spend the money to purchase it and maintain it. In this type of situation, the better option is to rent the equipment. There are many construction equipment rental companies that offer all types of equipment. Use the following tips if you need to rent construction equipment for a project in the near future.
Research Construction Equipment Rental Companies in Your Area
Since there is typically more than one construction equipment rental company in a large city or metro area, you will need to narrow down your options. When exploring your options, make sure you look for a construction equipment rental company that has a valid business license and is fully insured. It is also a good idea to consider how long a company has been in business — if a company has been renting construction equipment for many years, there is a good chance that they offer equipment in excellent condition and provide good customer service.
Collect Price Quotes
Before you sign a contract to rent construction equipment, it is always in your best interest to request several price quotes from reputable construction equipment rental companies. Make sure that you get all price quotes in writing. When you get price quotes, make sure that they include the exact piece of equipment that you will be renting, the length of the rental period, and how much your construction company will be charged. Ask for all taxes and fees, such as the cost of having the equipment delivered to the construction site, are included in the quote.
Understand the Rental Terms
Each construction equipment rental company will have their own rental terms. It is very important that you understand the terms before signing a rental contract. Some companies may require a large deposit and the equipment may have to be inspected before your deposit is released. In some cases, a construction equipment rental company may stipulate that you hire a certified person to operate the construction equipment if none of your employees have experience with operating the type of equipment that you are renting.