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Questions to Ask Your Construction Equipment Rental Company

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Learning About Construction Equipment Rentals

Renting construction equipment for your next project is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing a fleet. However, how do you know if the construction equipment rental company will be able to meet your needs? The answer is simple — ask questions. Before you start your next earth-moving job, knowing the answers to these questions can help you make an informed decision.

How Competitive Is Your Pricing?

Contractors and other construction business owners understand that getting the best pricing possible is better for their bottom line. However, it’s important to remember the value that is attached to the pricing. The lowest price doesn’t always mean you’re getting the best value. A good construction equipment rental company should be able to take their time to answer all your questions and explain your options.

What Type of Construction Equipment Do You Keep In Inventory?

Getting your construction project off to a good start is paramount to its overall success. So, knowing that the right equipment will be available to you when you need it can make all the difference in keeping your project running smoothly. Give your rental associate as much information about your project as possible. The more information you provide, the better they can help you make the right choice. Here are some things they should know:

  • The type of project you are working on. (Is it residential or commercial?)
  • How long you will need to rent your equipment
  • The type of equipment you think you will need
  • Your rental budget

How Often Do You Service Your Construction Equipment?

Before you commit to your construction equipment rental company, it’s essential to know how they take care of their rental inventory. Equipment that breaks down onsite can cause major setbacks to your project — which can also cut into your profits. Ask to inspect the construction equipment you are interested in renting. When examining equipment, look out for these warning signs that the equipment may not be well-maintained:

  • Equipment looks in poor shape or is old
  • Heavy equipment fluid levels are low
  • Strong exhaust fumes can mean multiple mechanical problems
  • Dashboard warning lights indicating system issues
  • Equipment stalls when turning the ignition
  • Grinding gears and other odd noises

What Are Your Rental Policies?

Nothing could be worse than realizing mid-project that your equipment has to be returned or you’ll have penalties to pay. Not every construction equipment rental company works the same when it comes to policies and procedures. Depending on the scope of your project, you want to know the following:

  • Is equipment available daily, weekly, and/or monthly?
  • What are the rental rates?
  • Can equipment be rented on holidays?
  • What are delivery and pick up service terms?
  • How far will you deliver construction equipment?

Do You Have Residential Equipment For Rent?

If you need to rent equipment for smaller projects, your rental equipment company should have equipment on hand that can work best with residential projects. Whether you are a plumber, landscaper, or mover, here are some common construction tools you may need to get your project done right:

  • Generators
  • Light towers
  • Plumbing snakes
  • Dump trailers
  • Paint sprayers
  • Concrete planers
  • Tile strippers
  • Power tools
  • Concrete mixers
  • Dehumidifiers

What are the Benefits of Renting Construction Equipment Over Purchasing?

For many contractors and construction business owners, renting construction equipment is more affordable. There is also less hassle of maintenance expenses and hefty monthly payments when purchasing equipment. You’ll also have to consider if you have a place to keep your fleet; storage facilities can be a significant expense.


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 Equipment Rentals can help. From skid steers and construction tools to compact excavators and forklifts, contact us today at (818) 805-1617 for all your construction equipment needs.

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