7 tips for choosing a bouncy castle hire company

Here are seven tips to help you make the right decision when choosing a bouncy castle hire company:

1. Rental locations – offline and online. Check numerous party rental suppliers in your area to see whether bouncy castles are available in your local area. You can also check online for location, price range, and styles available. Generally, you are best hiring locally as this usually ensures better service.

2. References. Choose several possible companies and check the references for each one. If they have a website, see if there are any reviews or testimonials. Word of mouth is the best advertisement; check with friends to see who they have used in the past and would recommend.

3. Professional demeanour. As you contact potential suppliers, gauge how you are treated as a perspective customer. Does the person sound unprofessional, dismissive, curt, or friendly, chatty, and helpful? Do they share what they have to offer and how their system works with pride and confidence?

4. Public liability insurance. Make sure that the hire company is insured (whether this is required or not) and what coverage they would offer at the location of your party.

5. Price. When asking for quotes, remember that price isn’t always the biggest concern when choosing a bouncy castle. If a hire company has ranked well in every other aspect, but their price for bouncy castles is a little higher than some of their competitors, in the long term, you may be best to opt for the higher fee.

6. Equipment. Be sure to find out their safety policy and the date that the equipment was last checked. Make sure that they adhere to industry standards for inflatables. Check the equipment to ensure that there is no tears or split seams that could cause a malfunction.

7. Delivery arrangements. Discuss delivery options, the time of pickup, setup, and tear down, as well as who will escort the equipment and whether they are certified or not. Do not try to inflate the bouncy castle yourself. The owner and employees are trained to handle this. If they are not, consider using another bouncy castle hire company.