If you have been in the industry for years and you have been hiring plant machinery for a while, you probably already know what you are looking for when it comes to hiring new machinery for a job. But if this is your first time, or if you are trying out a new plant hire company, having a couple of questions at hand can help you to make the right decisions and get the equipment that you actually need.
Most searches for plant hire companies begin online. These days, since everything is online, you can easily find most of the information you are looking for with a quick Google search. Since most plant hire companies have a website, they will generally try to display as much information as possible to ensure that their clients can easily find what they need. But how do you know what information to look for unless you’ve read a blog like this one?
When you are starting the search for a company to hire your plant equipment from, these are the questions to ask.
- Is the equipment properly maintained?
A well-maintained piece of equipment is a must on any construction site because firstly, no one has the time to waste on equipment breaking down at the worst possible moment and secondly, should the equipment break due to none maintenance, you don’t want the plant hire company turning around and pointing fingers at you. The best companies will keep their machinery properly maintained and they won’t be shy about bragging about it either.
- Is the equipment readily available?
When you are hiring machinery for a construction project, you are probably already working on a tight deadline and as such you need the machinery ASAP. For this reason, you need to find out from the company you are hiring from if you can hire the machinery immediately or if you are going to have to wait a while before you can get your hands on it.
- Is an operator available?
Smaller projects often don’t have the budget to pay for a full time operator, and as such they like to include the operator as a part of their hiring agreement. This is a great way to save money while also never having to compromise on the quality of your project.
- Does the company have a good or bad reputation?
Naturally you can’t directly ask this sort of question to the company, but you can keep it in mind when you are doing your online research. The way to find the answer to this would be to look for customer complaints and compliments as well as to read online reviews.
- What are the costs involved?
When you are looking for the overall price involved with hiring plant equipment, you need to make sure that the company gives you a quote that is fully transparent, meaning not a single part of the costs should be hidden. When a company is transparent with their costs, they are likely to be very trustworthy, while it will also allow you to easily plan your budget.