Whatever you need to organise, be it a large event, a construction site or festival you will have a long list of site supplies including temporary fencing, offices, portable toilets or plant equipment.
A reputable company will be able to help you decide what you need to hire, not just temporary fence hire but all the other site supplies you could think of. Plus, they’ll probably be able to supply some things you didn’t think of – but are you really getting yourself the best deal? There are various things to consider when planning a site in order to get yourself a good deal, which we’ve outlined below.
Don’t Leave It to The Last Minute
If you find you need a fence in a hurry you are at the mercy of whatever the fence hire industry is offering. Fees for same or next day delivery and overtime payments to erection crews can quickly mount up. Make sure you plan your fencing needs when you plan the rest of your event and you won’t have to make a decision in a rush.
Shop Around and Compare Quotes
Another reason to put your order in well in advance of when you need it is that you have the opportunity to compare quotes from several different companies. A good company will be able to advise you on what you need and will be prepared to put it in writing. Don’t be tempted to take the cheapest. To get the best deal you need to look at the whole picture.
You can’t put a price on good customer service. Does your fence hire company offer a friendly voice at the end of the phone line? Can they deliver? Will they erect the fencing and ensure it is safe? When will they collect it and will they come when they say they will? One way is to look for a company with ISO:9001 certification to ensure that they maintain the highest standards of Quality Management in the five key areas of facilities, people, services, equipment and training.
One Stop Shop
When you need other equipment such as portable toilets, skips and waste disposal or temporary offices you initially approach several different companies. Shopping around for each item on your list can often save you money at the expense of having to deal with several contractors. Plant hire companies can often offer fence hire or have partnerships with fence hire companies to provide fencing hire. Getting everything from the same place could save you time and administration costs overall.
Don’t Be Afraid of Haggling
If you’ve found a company that can provide you with what you want, when you want but you aren’t sure about the price you can always try haggling. If you are hiring lots of site supplies from the same company you may find you can get a discount because they aren’t delivering to multiple sites. It doesn’t always work but when it does you could be surprised at what you can save.
Ask About Loyalty Schemes
It won’t hurt to ask if they have a loyalty scheme although you’re unlikely to get a free coffee. If you’ve hired from a company before you might find they are more prepared to offer a discount for your repeat custom than if you are a new customer.
The Best Companies Give the Best Deals
A good deal isn’t necessarily just about the cost. Choosing a company based on price could lead you to unexpected costs – especially if they will only provide an estimate. Shop around, look for good reviews and ISO:9001 certification and spend some time discussing what you need and you’ll bag yourself a great deal on your site supplies.