Whether you are starting up a new business or looking to take on extra capacity for your existing company there are several factors that you need to consider before you take the plunge and purchase a large cold store or blast freezer.
Maintenance and breakdown
Before confirming a rental, check that the contract covers maintenance and breakdown. With many rental companies when you confirm a rental of a cold store unit it does come with maintenance and breakdown cover, in large this does tend to be 24 hr cover so regardless of the time of day you can be assured that you will have an engineer out to you ASAP. If you do decide to purchase – you are solely responsible for the unit, additional labour and parts costs incurred.
Depending on the area of business that you are in, there may be particular times of the year that demand is greater, but your current cold storage facilities can not cope with the extra orders you receive. It may be that you only require the unit for 4 weeks or longer term. Needless to say, you are not burdened with the financial strain of purchasing a cold store and can return the unit at the end of the contract period.
You may not have the financial credentials to purchase a unit outright as it can be a large expenditure, especially for a small business, should you sign up to a rental agreement the majority of the hire companies tend to opt for monthly invoicing, allowing you to spread the cost out over a period of time.
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For larger companies it may be that you are increasing your distribution facilities, but given the uncertainty of the economic climate renting manufacturing and processing facilities can be a more viable option, the unit can be contracted for a certain period and returned at the end of the contract.
Technical Help & Onsite Surveys
If you are not quite sure what you are looking for or where the unit can be stored, many rental companies will have the technical expertise to help make your decisions easier. A simple visit from a member of their team will help you determine the best unit for your business needs.
Last Minute Requirements
Should there be any urgency with your requirements most rental companies will be able to assist and deliver a unit to you the next day, but if you choose to purchase delivery may take a little longer than anticipated, as the transaction will need to be completed before delivery is made. In addition making the decision to purchase can also add to the delay, as this is something that would need careful consideration and comparison over units.
It may be that you have unusual cold storage requirements or the size and shape of the unit needs to be a different to the norm, if this is the case purchasing a standard unit may not be the way forward for you. A cold storage rental company can assist you with your requests, most rental companies will have a technical team who can come on site, carry out a site survey and cost up having a bespoke unit built for you to rent and sometimes with the option to purchase at the end of the rental period. This way you can take advantage of maintenance and breakdowns for the contract period, at the end of the contract, the hire company can remove the unit for at a small cost or you can look into purchasing the unit for keeps.
James writes for Accessible Hire Cold Storage Rental. When not writing, he can often be found trying not to lock himself in industrial freezers accidentally.