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Pro Tips: What Every Contractor Looks For In a Rental Equipment Company

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There aremany benefits in renting construction equipment to get your toughest earth-moving jobs done right. Purchasing construction machinery outright can be extremely expensive so renting offers the most cost-effective option to get your construction projects underway. However, when choosing a construction rental company, it’s essential to do your homework so you can ensure you’re getting the value and service you deserve. Here are some things to consider.

Competitive Pricing

When running a construction business, you obviously want to get the best pricing available. However, keep in mind that the lowest price doesn’t always mean you are getting a good deal. While pricing is important, it’s also crucial to understand the value of what you will be receiving for that price. A good construction equipment rental company will be knowledgeable about the equipment they offer. They should also take the time to explain your options as well as answer your questions and concerns.

The Availability of Equipment

If you have a project starting soon, you’ll want to ensure that the construction equipment you need will be available. Be specific about what your needs are. Be prepared to give the following information to your construction rental equipment company:

  • The scope of the project you are working on.
  • The type of equipment you will need.
  • How long you will need the equipment.
  • Your rental budget.

Giving specific details about your construction project can help your construction equipment rental company better serve you to meet your needs.

Equipment Reliability

Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s crucial to do an inspection of the equipment to make sure it is in working order and well-maintained. You don’t want to get stuck with non-working equipment in the middle of a job. Here are some red flags to look out for:

  • Equipment looks poorly maintained or old.
  • Heavy equipment has low fluid levels.
  • Heavy exhaust fumes could mean a host of problems.
  • Warning lights on the dashboard could indicate system issues.
  • Stalling or difficult to start equipment.
  • Odd noises coming from gears.

Should any of the above be noticeable in the equipment you want to rent, it's important to know how often the equipment undergoes maintenance.

Policies and Procedures

Not every construction equipment rental company operates the same, so it’s important to know what their policies and procedures are. Here are some things you should know before renting:

  • Are there rental options for the day, week and month?
  • What are the rental rates?
  • What are the policies for rentals during the holidays?
  • What are the delivery and pick up service terms?

Equipment rentals are becoming more popular among construction companies and other commercial contractors. If your business has a variety of projects with different equipment requirements for each, Calgrove Rentals can help. From skid steers and construction tools to excavators and forklifts, contact us today for all your construction equipment needs.

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