What to look for when choosing a crane hire company

When it comes to finding the right crane hire company for your project, the number of available options to choose from is substantial enough to make you feel like you've just stepped onto an episode of The Bachelor. But before you give away that final rose and lock in your decision for a crane company, take some time to consider the following five factors. You may just discover that the crane company you thought at first was the one is far from being your project’s perfect match.

1. You should give a damn about their bad reputation

First and foremost, you want to make sure that the crane hire company you choose has a good reputation. Ask around for recommendations or look for online reviews to get an idea of what others have thought about their experience. If a previous customer has had a poor experience, it shouldn’t be too hard to find. The benefit of there being so many review platforms available on the internet is it makes it very difficult for a company to try to gloss over any skeletons that may be lurking in their closet.

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2. You gotta see them credentials

It's important to make sure that the crane hire company you're working with is properly credentialed, which means that they should have all necessary licences and insurance in place. Don't be afraid to ask for proof of these things before you sign any contracts and to ensure that the cranes themselves receive regular routine maintenance checks that are, at the very least, in line with the OEM recommendations.

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3. An experienced operator please

Another important factor to consider is how much experience the crane hire company has. You want to make sure they have a good track record when it comes to completing projects on time and within budget. An experienced team should also be able to be called upon to make recommendations about the most suitable crane model options and assist with the implementation of an effective lifting plan.

Read more about the importance of a lifting plans on our previous blog post.

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4. Just how flexible are you?

Depending on your project, you may need a crane that can be used in a variety of ways. Make sure the company you choose has a range of versatile mobile crane hire options that can be configured to meet your specific needs. While we’re on the topic of flexibility, you should also find out whether the length of hire can be amended should you experience unexpected delays or complete the work ahead of schedule.

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5. Because everybody loves a bargain

Last but not least, you'll want to get a few quotes from different companies to make sure you're getting the best deal. Be sure to compare apples to apples when it comes to the services included in each estimate and be wary of any additional charges that may not be listed such as delivery charges or damage deposits. And as much as it’s great to snag a bargain, don’t make the mistake of simply going for whoever can provide the cheapest price. Sometimes, if it seems too good to be true, chances are it probably is – and you could suffer the consequences further down the line.
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The choice is yours - but you should choose us!

Now that you know what to look for when choosing a crane hire company, we hope you'll keep us in mind for your next project. With over 50 years in the business, Action Cranes confident that we have the experience, credentials, and competitive pricing that you're looking for. Get in touch with a member of our team for more information, or pay a visit to our crane hire services page.

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