User guide for choosing the right bounce house rental company.
Yes, the time has come for you to start planning for that special event. As you can imagine, everyone wants to make their party one to remember, but find themselves not getting very far and overwhelmed. Well, nowadays, a party without a bounce house or some sort of inflatable isn’t a party. Bounce house rentals are a great way to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours. But where do you start?
Most people turn to the internet in order to locate an inflatable company. Which in most cases is the best and fastest way to shop for event rentals among other things. So, just like I predicted, you most likely stumbled upon several inflatable rental companies. As you browse through the different websites you notice very quickly that there seems to be a slight or in some cases, large discrepancy in prices between the different bounce house rental companies offering comparable products. The rule of thumb is, “if it seems to good to be true, it is.” Extremely low prices for event rental equipment should be a red flag for any consumer. We all want a bargain, but at what cost?
Running an inflatable rental company can be very labor intensive. Although bounce houses may seem simple, in actuality, there are a lot moving parts involved.
Cleanliness is one of the first areas you will see companies cutting corners. Like I mentioned earlier, bounce houses are very labor intensive to maintain. Inflatables require a lot of man hours scrubbing and disinfecting after every use. With that said, some companies just can’t afford to hire employees to clean their rental equipment due to low prices.
Secondly, and the most important topic is safety. Over the years we have noticed companies cut corners in this area which could potentially have serious consequences. Every inflatable or bounce house requires some sort of anchoring no if, ands, or buts. Make sure the company you choose is properly anchoring their equipment.
Properly anchoring inflatables depends on the surface type. Grass setups are the preferred location for bounce houses; however, inflatables can be installed on almost any smooth level surface. It is not uncommon to see bouncies installed on asphalt, concrete, grass, and even aggregate driveways. Gravel areas should be avoided at all cost.
If your event will be utilizing a grassy area your rental company should be anchoring the inflatables by using stakes. Minimum stake length used should be at least 18 inches long for bounce houses. Inflatable slides and larger inflatables may require 36 inch long stakes. If you have underground irrigation, be sure to mark those locations for your event rental company or opt for the sandbag method.
There are times where a grassy area may not be available. If this is the case, it is highly recommended to use an alternative anchoring method. An responsible inflatable company should provide properly weighted sandbags in lue of stakes. This is a very important part of the service and should not be overlooked.
Every event rental company in the state of Tennessee is required by law to have their equipment inspected by a certified 3rd party inspector. Also, required by Tennessee state law is generally liability insurance. Liability insurance can be very expensive and this is another area where we notice providers cutting corners. Every event rental company should have a copy of their certificate of liability insurance available and is required to provide a copy when requested. With that said, do not be afraid to ask for proof.