Owning construction equipment may give you access to forklifts, Bobcats, and other types of machinery as you need them, but it can also create a lot of unwanted liability. As a result, more contractors are turning to power equipment rental services to gain easy access to the tools and equipment they need. Construction equipment rental companies can provide lower costs for businesses by providing them with equipment that may be too expensive to purchase outright. Equipment rental also serves as a tax advantage for small business owners because they can write off their rental costs at the end of the month, quarter, or year.
But what do you need to do before you rent construction equipment? Here are three suggestions to prepare you for using power equipment rental services:
1. Gauge the needs of your project. One of the first things you’ll need to do as you make the decision to rent construction equipment is to determine just what it is you’ll need. Figure out which machinery will work best and safest for your project before renting. For instance, if your workers need to complete a project two stories up, will you need to rent scissor lifts or aluminum scaffolding? Once you’ve chosen the necessary tools, contact a supplier who will have what you need.
2. Ensure that your workers are properly trained. In order to use Bobcats, forklifts, and other machinery, your workers should have proper certification. A rental company may ask you to provide proof that you or an employee can operate this type of machinery, so be prepared in case they ask. Regardless of who will be operating the equipment, however, all employees should be briefed on safety guidelines around large moving equipment to avoid accidents on the job site.
3. Inquire about drop-offs and pick-ups for equipment. Finally, before you rent you’ll need to know just how and when the equipment will arrive. Ask your rental company about whether or not they can drop off heavy machinery at the job site and when it will need to be picked up. If you need the equipment for a specific amount of time, make sure that the company will give you access to it for the whole duration.