Things to watch out for when looking to hire farming equipment

For those who are looking to hire farming equipment or agricultural equipment, there are a few key things to watch out for. Staying smart, educated and alert when looking for a hiring company can make a world of difference with how the whole experience will play out. There are many reasons why someone may wish to hire equipment instead of purchasing it. Machinery such as tractors, ploughs, and cultivators can be quite expensive to purchase, and some farm owners and workers may simply not have the money to buy outright. This is usually the case when a farm is just starting out. Furthermore, crops may not have to be tended to all year round. This means that sometimes it isn’t very cost-effective to purchase heavy machinery only to use it once or twice a year and have to find somewhere to store it for the rest of the year. Similarly, equipment may only be needed as a once off. For example, an area may need to be excavated or crushed rock may need to be moved from one location to the next. In these instances, it simply wouldn’t make sense to buy a piece of equipment outright. Thankfully, there are many different hire companies out there that are able to offer a variety of solutions. As there are so many choices out there, it is important to watch out for certain things when looking to hire farming equipment. This article will explore this a little further.

Watch out for bad reviews
What many don’t know is that reviews can be found when typing in a business name into Google. On the right-hand side of the screen, there will be a Google listing of that business along with reviews. These testimonials are usually more accurate as a business is only going to feature positive ones on their website. While, of course, some companies do pay people to leave positive feedback on Google, it is still more likely to be a place to find accurate customer experiences. Another great place to find this is on Facebook. Most businesses have a Facebook page these days and each business page has a reviews area. This is also the perfect way to find genuine testimonials and to get a good idea of what a company is really like. If a business is coming up with low ratings and reviews on both Google and Facebook, then they may not be the best place to hire from.

Watch out for hidden costs
Another thing to watch out for when looking to hire farming equipment is any hidden costs. Good businesses will have their prices clearly displayed on their website or brochure sheets or will alternatively have an option to easily obtain quotes. It is also important to check if quotes are obligation free or not. Some places will charge or require a deposit even for a quote. Finding out all of this information can be as easy as visiting a website, calling a company or sending them an email. If they have an office nearby, people may also be able to pop in to discuss costs. When chatting with a company it is wise to ask about any hidden costs. For example, if they have to travel a long way to deliver the equipment, does the price increase? Finding this out up-front is the perfect way to having a pleasant experience when hiring and avoiding any nasty surprises in the long run.

Watch out for bad customer service
Finding out what the customer service is like can usually be found out by reading reviews but can also be established by simply chatting with the company. If they are friendly and want to help out, then it is more likely that a great experience will be had long-term. Good businesses know that happy clients will return again and again and so will put in that extra effort to ensure a positive experience. Chatting with other farmers about their experiences is also a great way to get an idea of a company’s customer service.