Plant hire services are a lot more popular nowadays, and this is hardly surprising, considering the fact that many more companies involved in building and construction are looking for ways to economise – and hiring a plant hire service is much better indeed than buying your own equipment. With a plant hire service, you can be assured that your expenses go down and you can use the money you save for other major activities. Additionally, you can benefit from high quality equipment that will be delivered straight to your site.
But there are other aspects you should remember when taking advantage of a plant hire service. Following are a few:
The cost of consumption
Whilst it’s easy to remember obvious aspects such as the availability of the machinery or equipment, you also have to remember the cost of consumption. Just imagine: even if the plant hire service looks cheap enough on the surface, what hidden costs are they not telling you? You have to make sure that the cost of consumption is taken into consideration from the beginning. When you speak with a prospective plant hire service, you should ask them if consumables are already included in the total cost of the service. Whilst some equipment may not have that many consumables, there are some that may have consumables – so you have to confirm this from the start.
The training of staff
You also need to remember asking the plant hire service whether or not you have to spend extra on staff training so they can operate the equipment. If you have to spend an additional amount for this, you may also want to consider just hiring a professionally-trained individual from the plant hire company itself who can operate the machinery or equipment for you – this may be less expensive in the long run. Plant hire companies such as Ruttle, for instance, offer plant hire Chorely services (www.ruttle.co.uk) which give you the option of renting both operated and non-operated equipment. If you do not want to train your staff or simply do not have the time, then your best option is indeed to go for operated plant hire services.
Liability and insurance cover
Yet one more aspect you should remember is liability and insurance cover. You have to ascertain who is directly responsible for liability and insurance before you even think of signing any plant hire agreement or contract. It is, after all, your priority to have your business protected at all times, especially when it comes to legal issues. You have to make sure that you have the right insurance coverage, and if you are not certain of this, you can always consult with a legal advisor, particularly one who is well-versed with the construction sector.
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