Children love all things bouncy and inflatable. Parents love making their children happy; however, most parents do not have space or the inclination to purchase a bounce house to have all of the time. In recent years, it has become so popular for parents to rent bounce house as well as other inflatable things for party events. It gives the children a chance to enjoy a popular way to play while the parents get to send the inflatables back at the end of the event. It is a win-win situation.
Bounce houses are also quite popular for community events such as festivals, fairs, fundraisers, and other activities. Some parents and event organizers are well acquainted with the process of renting bounce houses and other inflatable party supplies. For others, it is a new experience, and they may not know how to initiate the rental, where to find a rental company, or what to expect from the experience.
This article is for all of those who are new to the process and are looking for some information to help them get started.
The first thing you need to know is how to find rental companies in your area. It is important to note that most inflatable rental companies charge an additional travel fee if they have to travel very far to set up the product. Companies that provide bounce house rentals do not allow the individual to set up the inflatables, and they do it themselves, take down as well. This way, they can ensure that all of the equipment is handled correctly.
Therefore, there is no way to avoid having them set it up, which means that you should choose a company that is close to you or be prepared to pay an additional fee. When it comes to finding all of the companies located in or near your location, there are two ways to go about it. The first is to search through local phone books and look at community bulletin boards and anywhere that ads may be posted.
The second is to peruse the internet for listings. The second option tends to be faster and provide additional details that are not included in ads. To successfully find all of the listings for your area, you will need to use the right keywords in your search. be sure to use words such as “bounce house,” “rental,” or “inflatable.” Also, be sure to either include the name of the city, town, or county that you are located in or phrases such as “local” or “near me.”
If you do not get the results that you need the first time, after one or two words of your search phrase until you find what you need. Different search phrases will garner slightly different results. One search may provide some relevant results, while another may give completely different relevant or non-relevant results. Do not get discouraged if it takes a few times to get the results that you need. Keep trying until you get what you need.
Once you know what companies are available in your area, you can begin to look for information via websites, ads, reviews, or anywhere that you can find it. Several things should always be considered when choosing which rental company to use. If the company has a website, most of the information that you need will be listed there.
First, because bounce houses require electricity, it is recommended that your party location is within so many feet of an outlet. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, which means that you will need a generator. Some inflatable rental companies have generators for rent along with the inflatables, although not all do. You need to determine how close you will be to an electrical source. If you do not have access to an electrical source, you will need to find out if the company that you are considering offers generator rentals. Also, there are different sizes of bounce houses.
You need to determine how large you need your rental to be and then find out if the company you are considering has that size or anything close to it. Also, you will need to determine which types of inflatables that you want to rent. There are bounce houses, water slides, obstacle courses, and several others. Not all rental companies will have all types of party inflatables; therefore, you need to know exactly what you want so that you can see if the company carries it all.
Another thing that you should check is the company’s sterilization policies. You do not want to end up with a dirty bounce house. If the company is hedging questions about their sterilization policies, move on, they likely do not have any which means there is a big chance that the product will not be clean. Finally, ask about insurance.
Many states require these companies to carry insurance, but there are still some states that do not. Also, there is always a chance that a company may be “flying under the radar” which means they may not have insurance. Also, compare rates. Some companies charge a flat fee for a full day rental while others charge by the hour.
Once you have found a rental company that suits your needs, you will need to prepare the area in advance so that there are no problems during setup. First, ensure that there are no sticks, twigs, rocks, dirt mounds, or any sharp objects in the area where the inflatable is to be set up. Also, if there have been dogs or other animals in the area, be sure to check for any piles of excrement in the area. This is very important if you have to have the party in a park or other public place.
Be sure to clear out a large enough space to fit the inflatable, a generator when necessary, and still have a bit of space around the parameter. If you have access to an electrical source, you will need to measure the space from the outlet to the party area to be sure that the cords will be able to reach. It is necessary for a bounce house to remain plugged in as long as it is in use. It will deflate if it is unplugged.