Don't Buy It HIRE IT

The Oban Times - - Feature -

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.

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