Published On: Mon, Jul 27th, 2015

What Options Are Available when it Comes to Generator Rentals?

Various companies exist that rent out emergency generators. They do so to help people to solve an emergency power outage, to supply construction sites or other sites with power during certain periods of time or to meet a sudden and temporary rise in energy demand to name but a few options.

Most of the time, when you look for generator rentals, you will find that they are rented out either individually or in groups. Group rentals tend to be supplied to government agencies who know that regional power outages will happen, or by large facilities who need so much power that a single generator simply wouldn’t cope. Very often, these companies also sent out equipment such as electrical distribution units, LoadBanks, power accessories, fuel tanks and more.

If you are looking for generator rental, it is very important that you find a company that you can trust. Let’s take a look at a few things to take into consideration.

Your Personal Needs

photo 401(K) 2012 via Flickr

photo 401(K) 2012 via Flickr

First of all, you should never approach a rental company if you don’t know what your personal needs are. This doesn’t mean that you have to be an electronics expert who understands wattage, voltage and more. It simply means that you know what equipment the generator will have to cope with. You will understand that the needs of someone who needs to provide emergency power to a large metropolitan hospital are going to be very different from the needs of someone who lives in a small country cottage and lives off the land.

Look Online

Once you know what sort of needs you have, it is time to start looking online. You will quickly find that there are many generator rental companies around. So many, in fact, that you may find it a little overwhelming. The first thing you can do to narrow your search down, however, is to only look for local rental companies. This means you are supporting the local economy rather than a huge corporate giant. This should also narrow your search down significantly.

Next, you need to review the companies that you have left. Use websites such as the Better Business Bureau and social media to find out what other people have said about the company. You need to look for things such as price, customer service and quality of product. After all, you don’t want to work with a business whose equipment constantly breaks down, no matter how nice their customer service is or how low their price.

This should help you narrow down the list even more, hopefully to around five different companies. You need to contact each of these for a quotation, explaining exactly what your needs are, when you will need the generator and where it needs to be placed. Comparing quotations is the final step towards finding the company to approach for generator rental.

Do try to not be swayed by price alone. What you are looking for is the best value for money, which isn’t always the cheapest price.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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