While taking up a new project is always a new challenge, another milestone, and yet another success story to add to your portfolio as a contractor, it comes with great responsibilities. You will need to find contractors, access rentals and hire different machines, create a function plan that will see the project through, and more.
Hiring heavy plant equipment always seems like one of the hardest parts. Of course, for a successful project, you also need the necessary equipment and tools all in good conditions alongside the expertise. Here are 5 top tips to help you choose the best equipment;
Find out the Availability of the Equipment
You may not remember or even want to skip this step. But it is also an important step to consider. The last thing you want is to go to pick up the plant when you need it, only to find that it is rented out already. This calls for concise planning. Know when you will need to pick up the equipment and for how long you need it.
Talk to the experts and find out if it will be available to you when the time comes. You also want to make sure you choose a specialized and reputable company for plant hire. The company should be able to cater to all your requirements and advise you accordingly.
The Age of the Equipment
Usually, not a lot of contractors pay enough attention to this. Considering the fact that the company has been running for many years, or that the equipment has been in use for far too long, it is important to discuss the age of the equipment you are looking to hire.
We all know that everything, even machines, wear and tear with age. You don’t want to go for equipment that is too old. It may cause technical errors and even fatal accidents during operations. Always choose machines that are no more than 3 years. Or at least, always inspect the machine to make sure that it is in good condition and will serve you well.
The Kind of Support Included
This is also an important discussion to have with the company before you sign the contract or agree to the deal. Anything can happen and you can end up needing more than just the machine to be delivered at your site. You want to find out about their customer support policy.
Make sure this is also included in the contract before you sign it. What happens when the equipment breaks down and needs servicing or repair? It also may need maintenance after a period of time every now and then, how do you go about that? Is there any service that could cause additional costs? Make sure to ask these and many other important questions to avoid unpleasant surprises along the way.
Another important tip is to check reviews. It is even better if you can get a referral from someone you know and trust. If not, make sure you read online reviews. See what other people are saying about the company. Check out for any unresolved issues and red flags.
You can find these reviews on the company’s website pages. If not, check out some review sites and forums. You can also find reviews on social media. The goal is to work with the most reputable company. Always go for the one with many, positive reviews.
Network and Build Relationships
As an independent contractor or even a business, you always need a network of professionals around your own expertise. Because you will still need to rent the equipment again, it is important to build relationships with these companies.
At least then you know you have people to turn to and count on. It also makes your search easy and less time-consuming and helps you seal great deals faster.