When it comes to hosting an event, there are a lot of things to think about and organise. One of the key elements is catering, and in particular, hiring catering equipment.
We all know the role food plays in making a memorable or special event, yet what many people do not account for is the role catering equipment plays in ensuring delicious food is served safely and without issues.
So what should you be looking for or checking on before hiring catering equipment for your event? At Excel Hire, we want your event to be memorable for all the right reasons and ensure it runs smoothly.
Check Points For Event Catering Equipment Hire
There are a few things that you need to keep in mind when hiring catering equipment, to avoid making common mistakes. Here are the most common mistakes people make and our tips for how to avoid making them yourself.
1. Not Checking The Equipment First
Before signing any contracts, you must check the condition of the equipment. Make sure that everything is in working order and clean. Having to panic over broken or dirty equipment and waste valuable time resolving these issues is something you can absolutely avoid.
We also recommend taking photos of the equipment before it’s delivered, just in case there are any problems. This way you can prove, should there be any issues, that the equipment was not delivered in the agreed conditions under which it was hired.
2. Not Asking For References
If you’re hiring a catering company for the first time, be sure to ask for references and customer testimonials. We suggest not only asking for these directly from a hiring company but seeking independent feedback via Google or other avenues.
This will give you an idea of their level of service and whether they’re reliable. Unfortunately, many unscrupulous catering equipment companies will promise one thing and deliver another, so do your research!
3. Not Checking The Delivery Date
Be sure to check the delivery date of the equipment before signing any contracts. You don’t want the equipment to arrive late or not at all! You should always reconfirm these dates in writing at least a week before your event also to ensure no double bookings or unforeseen issues.
4. Not Reading the Fine Print
Before signing any contract, be sure to read the fine print. There may be some hidden costs or conditions that you’re not aware of. The last thing you need whether for a small event or corporate event is a sudden bill that pushes you over budget and causes unnecessary stress.
5. Not Getting Insurance
It’s always a good idea to get insurance for your catering equipment, just in case something goes wrong. This will protect you from any damages or losses.
6. Not Conferring With Your Catering Company
No matter the type of event, if you are involving a professional catering service, it is imperative that you include them in your equipment hire. This is a specialised trade and has many detail-oriented aspects such as accounting for dietary restrictions and food safety.
When hiring a catering company, such as a corporate caterer, they should be upfront about the equipment they will need for food serving and outline how this equipment will support them to best perform their role. At Excel Hire, we are happy to liaise with your caterers to work out the most appropriate equipment hire.
By following these tips, you can avoid making common mistakes when hiring catering equipment. Excel Hire is a reliable and reputable company with disciplined training in this industry. We can provide you with all the catering equipment you need for your event and can even support your choosing a caterer thanks to our extensive network connections.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can facilitate optimal event catering for your upcoming event. Call 07 3217 3217 to speak with our friendly team.