Tips for Keeping Cost and Time Down on Remodeling Projects

These days, saving money is a top priority for most people. However, important home improvement projects don’t need to be pushed aside to accomodate a tighter budget. A little planning can go a long way toward reducing your home improvement spending. Efficiency is also important—why not spend less time renovating and more time enjoying your renovations?

Savvy consumer can turn their renovation dreams into reality without breaking the bank. Here are just a few strategies for cutting down your project costs:

Plan renovation goals to fit your budget:

Smaller-scale projects designed to personalize individual rooms have begun to overtake wide scale home renovation. Strategically focusing home improvement to highlight the existing features of your home can help eliminate the need for costlier projects.

Ask a friend for help:

Enlisting the aid of a friend can help make simple remodeling jobs quicker and easier. For larger jobs, employing the aid of several friends can drastically reduce the costs of labor.

Green upgrades save green:

Investments in greener technologies can really pay off in the long run! These green upgrades can range from simple fixes that reduce utility costs to installing more efficient appliances. Both have potential to make a big impact on your long-term utility costs.

Alternate supply sources cut costs:

If you’re planning a large-scale project, it’s important to consider your supply budget. Searching for salvage materials online or attending auctions can help you find cheap materials.

Rental equipment offers a big value:

Whether you’re building a deck or repairing a table, you’re going to need tools. A well-coordinated tool or truck rental can eliminate the need to purchase expensive equipment or save time on transportation.

At A-1 Rental Center, we have the rental equipment and trucks rentals you need to move your project to completion. For a free quote, call (650) 369-2992 or visit our website to see which tool rental will work best for your remodeling project.


Like what you see Here? More Great Resources Are Waiting!

Our recent blogs have included information on renting a dump truck and the landscaping tools that can help you get the job done.  If you’re looking for more information on these topics, then check out these great resources.

  • In order to better understand the history and functionality of a dump truck, an overview is provided on wikipedia.org.
  • Everyday-wisdom.com understands that you'll need different tools in order to successfully complete your landscaping project.
  • If you're taking on landscaping, professionally or personally, then you're going to need some equipment. eHow.com provides an overview of what you need to get started.
  • Newsaegis.com has information on pruning and hedge trimming, which are keys to landscaping success. 

At A-1 Equipment Rental Center we have everything you need to get your project done.  For more information please visit our website or give us a call at 650.241.3105.


Aerial Lift Safety Tips

Aerial lifts are convenient and helpful during many large construction projects.  An aerial lift allows a worker to maneuver vertically and horizontally.  However, as this video explains, it is very important that only trained professionals use an aerial lift.

There are several different types of aerial lifts.  The slab model is small, often used indoors, and can be operated on concrete or asphalt. Rough terrain units are most often used outside at construction sites. They have air-pressurized tires.  To learn more about aerial lifts, watch this video.

At A-1 Rental Center, we have a lot of equipment rental options, from trucks to tools and more.  Call us today at (650) 369-2992 if you have questions about an aerial lift or visit our website to see our inventory.


5 Important Tools You'll Need for Serious Landscaping Jobs

The correct tools can make all the difference in the success of your landscaping plans.  This is especially true of major landscaping jobs, in which tractor rentals or tool rentals will dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your labor.

Consider the following important tools you'll need to handle your serious landscaping jobs.

  1. Truck: If you're re-sodding your lawn or dealing with any sort of excavation, then you'll need a truck to haul out the dirt and vegetation you're getting rid of.  Depending on the size of your project, you may choose from a ½ ton truck rental to a dump truck rental.  Either way, this will simplify any excavation for the project.
  2. Sod Cutter: By going to your tool rental store and getting a technologically advanced sod cutter, you can take advantage of equipment that offers 75% less vibration, making your new grass a whole lot easier to get in.
  3. Hedge Trimmer: Gnarly bushes and hedges are the enemy of any landscaper.  This is where pruning tools or a hedge trimmer will make your job effective and efficient.
  4. Edger: As any professional landscaper knows, the perimeter of your yard is the defining moment.  By using a landscaping edger, you'll be able to create a sharp, definitive, and controlled appearance.
  5. Mower: If you don't already have one, then they are available at your equipment rental store and will help put the finishing touches on your finely groomed landscape.

At A-1 Rental Center, we have the landscaping equipment rentals you need to get the job done right.  For a free quote, call (650) 369-2992 or visit our website to see which tool rental will work the best for your landscaping project. 


The Advantages of Getting a Dump Truck Rental for Large Construction Jobs

When you take on a large construction job, you want to maximize efficiency in order to get the most out of your time, financial investment, and finished product.  One of the best ways to do this is by getting a dump truck rental, so that you can get more done in a shorter amount of time.

Take a look at the advantages of getting a dump truck rental for your large construction job.

  • Convenience: If you're considering getting a dump truck rental, then one of the biggest motivating factors is convenience.  If you own a truck, then you may be planning an entire day devoted to making a dozen trips to the junk yard.  Think of how much time you'll save by making only one or two trips to the junk yard!  A dump truck rental can make a huge dent in the amount of time it takes to complete a project.
  • Affordable: You may be surprised at just how affordable a dump truck rental can be.  Coupled with the amount of time you save, this is well worth your investment.  You'll also find that your rental can be made anywhere from a day to a month long, saving you more money the longer you have it. 
  • Quality: You won't need to compromise the quality of the job because you are ill-equipped to handle the job.  As any construction worker knows, if you're going to do the job at all, then you need to do it right.  This is why you want to maximize your capabilities and power by using a dump truck rental.

At A-1 Rental Center, we have dump truck rentals to aid in successful completion of your large construction project in the Bay Area this year.  We also have the tractor and tool rental options you need. To learn more, visit our website or call (650) 369-2992 for an estimate.


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