Deciding how much operational space a business needs is one of the more difficult things to measure. Not enough space impacts on the day to day operation of the enterprise; too much results in an unnecessary overhead. One way of getting more space without over committing precious financial resources is to hire or lease a temporary building. Hiring gives operational flexibility in that the building can be used for as long as required and the costs are known and can be budgeted for accordingly without any surprises. Because a temporary building does not require any groundworks, only hard standing, when it is no longer required it can be taken down and removed with very little evidence of it ever having been there.
If you decide to hire a temporary building, and there are many good reasons for doing so, what should you look for to ensure you get the right solution for your business? Here are our top tips:
Make sure the building is fit for purpose
There are some buildings out there that use a light frame and are unable to withstand extreme weather conditions like high winds or heavy snow. Make sure that the building conforms to BS 6399 which is the design standard for structural safety.
Know who you are talking to
There are a lot of silver tongued salespeople in the world and the building sector is no different. Check that your contact knows what he or she is talking about. Will they carry out a technical site visit as well as making a sales call? When looking at the proposed site do they ask about underground or overhead cables, site access or other restriction that may hamper the construction process? A good technical salesperson ensures that the build will go as planned without any unpleasant surprises.
Look before you buy
A reputable temporary building company will be delighted to provide testimonials and case studies of previous projects they have carried out. For an in depth investigation, you can ask to see an installed building and talk to the people that use it. First-hand information from an existing user provides the best practical advice.
Depending on the size of the building and its location, planning permission may be required. If you don’t have the resources or the time to investigate the planning aspect of hiring a temporary building, look for a company that can provide the service and don’t forget to ask about their planning success rate.
After the sale
One advantage of a temporary building is its flexibility. Should you find it is not large enough, then it can be extended. If you need different features to suit your operational needs then your building provider should be able to help. Equally if you need to relocate the building then they should be able to do that for you.
When hiring a temporary building, look for a company with expertise and experience who can offer the service level you need to make the operation trouble free. At Aganto we pride ourselves on our professionalism and attention to detail. An outline of our service can be seen here.