Renting Vs Buying Equipment For Your Foreclosure Cleanup Business
In a foreclosure cleanup business, you can offer a potpourri of services. You can start out offering just a few, or you can offer services that run the gamut. The services you choose to offer will dictate the initial equipment you will need to start your business.
Services Offered will Dictate Equipment Needed
For example, you can offer just lawn care and debris removal, or you can offer full trash-outs and interior cleaning. You may want to simply focus on painting, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and winterization, or you can delve into window boarding, lock changing and overall property securing duties. If you are skilled in carpentry, you may opt to add sheet rock and repair work.
A foreclosure cleanup business is one that allows you tons of leeway in structuring a company that will fit you, how you want to work, how fast you want to grow, how much money you want to make, and how much you want to outlay on equipment, initially.
Wait to Purchase?
Depending on the services you ultimately choose to offer when you first start your foreclosure cleaning and trash-out business, you may NOT want to run out and buy all new equipment. It may be smarter to simply start with what you have at home in the garage and rent equipment until your business can afford to pay for the equipment outright.
This “wait to purchase” period will do two things: 1) it will truly allow you to grow only as fast as your new business’ wallet will allow you to grow; and, 2) it will give you a chance to see which services are really taking off in your geographic area before you invest needed marketing dollars in equipment you may only use one or two times.
Warning: The “Emotions” of Spending On New Tools and Equipment
If you have a certain amount set aside to start your business, it may be tempting to spend, spend, spend initially. This buying frenzy will make you feel like you’re really moving in starting your business. You may begin to associate (and ultimately justify) the spending because you are, after all, “starting a business.”
Guilty! I have gotten caught up in the emotions of spending when starting a business or new project on more than one occasion. Reign yourself in and consider renting necessary big-ticket equipment before buying. The larger home depot-type stores offer tool and equipment rental. They rent everything from carpet kickers to generators and beyond. These depots also rent trailers and trucks for hauling.
Golden Tip: Careful not to enter the store and spend anticipated profits on items you know you have at home, but don’t want to turn back to get — unless you have priced the job to cover these new items — for example, gloves, rope, tarp, putty knives, etc. On more than one occasion, what should have been a $26 trip to pick up a trailer from Home Depot turned into a $50 trip for me because I neglected to plan a job and throw necessary items into the truck before I left home-base for the work site.
Plan your jobs ahead of time and have needed items all packed and in the truck before you stop at the home supply store to prevent unnecessary spending.
Equipment Purchase Decisions Will Vary
In certain scenarios, it may be necessary to buy instead of renting, but really weigh purchases carefully, especially in the start-up phase. A new shiny truck will look great; but that Ford in the backyard with a rented trailer attached will haul just the same.
Sample Tool & Equipment Rental Prices
Visit a local home supply store and ask for a tool and equipment rental list for sample rental prices in your area. In many scenariors, items can be rented in 4-hour slots, or on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Here are some sample prices for common items you will need (this is from an Atlanta, GA area list):
–Pressure Washer: Rent $46 (four hours)
–Fiberglass Extension Ladder, 28′: Rent $25 (four hours)
–Tow N Go Trailer, 5×8: Rent $24 (full day)
The sample lists will assist you in pricing your jobs effectively when starting out with rental equipment.
Good luck with your foreclosure cleanup business!
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