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8 Things to Know Before Renting Equipment for DIY Home Projects

When planning a home project, you may decide to save some time and money by doing it yourself instead of hiring a contractor. If you choose DIY, you should consider renting the heavy equipment necessary to execute your ideas. Renting allows you to use the equipment for a shorter amount of time and use the newest models available—two reasons listed on our 10 situations right for renting. Once you decide to rent the equipment, there are still some factors to consider about the process, including safety. When you rent heavy equipment, hazards and accidents can be avoided by following proper safety measures. Equipment Trader has eight things you need to know before renting equipment for your DIY home project.

1. Set Your Budget

One of the earliest steps of the rental process is figuring out how much money you want to spend on heavy equipment. Renting can be a more affordable option, especially for short-term use. Determine your budget and price range for the machines you’ll need. Make sure you also consider the “fine print” and factor in any additional costs and fees that could come into play. You’ll want to look for these in your rental contract, which we’ll discuss more below.

2. Know Your Project Environment

As you start to plan your DIY home projects, take note of your work environment. Will you be working inside or outside? On a flat surface or bumpy hill? Knowing about your jobsite can help you decide exactly what type of equipment you’ll need to rent. Many dealers have various models and sizes of equipment, each designed for different environments and applications. 

3. Research the Types of Equipment to Rent

Once you figure out where your projects will take place, start planning what type of equipment you’ll need to complete them. While certain types of equipment can come with many specifications, make sure the function of each machine is at the top of your mind. Only use machinery for its intended purpose; misusing equipment, even if you think it could work, is a dangerous risk that you should avoid at all times.

Backhoe loaders are great for lifting heavy loads of compact earth. Need to reach something up high? Get a lift. Digging a basement? Rent an excavator. Equipment Trader has thousands of pieces of equipment to rent that can perform construction, agriculture, and landscaping projects. To get you started, we’ve listed the five most popular types of equipment each for ag, lifting, and construction.

4. Rent from a Reputable Dealer

Once you make a list of the heavy equipment you’ll need to execute your DIY home projects, find a dealer that has them available to rent. While you could rent from a hardware store, it can be more beneficial to work with a dealership. Dealers have a wide variety of equipment that can be configured to your specific needs. Dealerships also have trained, knowledgeable specialists that can help you make the informed decisions on choosing the right model and accessories you’ll need to safely operate the heavy equipment. Take advantage of operating training that’s offered through dealers to make sure you know how to use the machines before you rent them.

5. Determine Your Level of Expertise

Renting heavy equipment requires a certain amount of skill. Before you rent, make sure you know how to properly operate the machinery. Using this equipment incorrectly, or without the necessary knowledge and training, can be very unsafe. If you don’t have previous experience, thoroughly research how to use these machines or ask the dealer if they offer any training. There are also heavy equipment training classes available online.

6. Create a Project Timeline

It can be tricky to fully plan how long your DIY home project will take. It’s still a good idea to create a rough timeline to help stay on top of things. It’s important to determine how long you will need to rent pieces of equipment to complete certain projects. If you’re working alone, or with a small crew, you may not be able to operate multiple machines in the same timeline. It would be a waste of time, space, and money to have machinery sitting around because of improper planning.

7. Check the Equipment Quality

Take some time to inspect the equipment from top to bottom. Examine everything from the mechanical, hydraulic, and structural to the tire/track, exhaust, and fluids. Ask for a copy of the equipment’s proof of certification, repair records, and maintenance schedule to ensure that you’re renting a safe, legitimate, and fully functional machine. This will give you peace of mind as you complete your DIY home project.

8. Review the Contract

Before signing anything, be sure that you completely understand the costs and risks of renting heavy equipment. Ensure that both you and the owner note how long you’ll be renting the machine, how to receive and return it, and who will be responsible for repairs. If it’s not already clearly stated, inquire about insurance, fuel surcharges, as well as transportation and late fees. Keep the dealer’s contact information in an organized place so you can reach out if there are any questions, delays, or emergencies.


Renting equipment isn’t a daunting process when you have the right resources. Once you figure out what DIY home projects you want to accomplish and what pieces of equipment you have the skill to handle, working with a marketplace like Equipment Trader can make the process nice and easy. Begin your search for rental equipment on and our sister site


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Arielle Patterson
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  1. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. An article like this really helps a lot to the audience like me since you have defined every information in order to understand easily.

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