Don't Buy It HIRE IT
Hiring is an aspect of life that has blossomed over the last 30 years to the point where it has become very big business indeed. Both in the domestic and commercial spheres, it has reached the point where it is no longer a ‘last resort’ or ‘emergency’ decision. Hiring these days is the automatic move taken whenever a special job needs doing, special equipment is required, temporary transport needed or a even a venue required for a function. In the complex world we live in it does in fact, make economic good sense.
All facets of human activity are catered for by hiring firms. Hiring can be done by the hour, the day, the week, month, year or indeed for much longer periods. Generally speaking it can be divided into domestic and commercial areas, though by its very nature it does allow either side to ‘cross the line’, which is an even greater advantage in many cases.
For the private, domestic client, High Street hiring shops can provide all the DIY requisites necessary to keep even the busiest amateur painter, decorator, carpenter, plumber, electrician or car mechanic, tooled up. There too can be found all the mechanised aids that render gardening less of a backbreaking job.
In all these activities, the hiring of equipment and tools can mean a job becomes an economically viable activity. It means the average, hard-pressed householder can afford to improve his home or garden without having to buy expensive tools and equipment which may only ever be used once or twice. Jobs can be safely executed simply because hired tools and equipment are in first class order, well maintained and safe.
Of course the commercial hirer can find this way of acquiring highly specialised plant and equipment an extremely eco- nomical activities. Hired equipment after all need only be accommodated whilst in use, so there are no complex storage problems to cope with. Hiring allows a firm to have the very latest equipment for the job at very minimal rates. It means valuable capital is not tied up in a rapidly depreciating asset.
Then there is the matter of maintenance. All mechanical equipment deteriorates eventually. Regular servicing, periodic repairs and eventual replacement, must all come into the calculation.
All of this just goes to show how deeply into our society the habit of hiring has gone. So important is it now, were it to stop tomorrow, a lot of homes would begin to deteriorate, many weddings would appear less smart and accommodate fewer guests, and a great many commercial concerns would simply cease to function.