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A very short history about the founding of Monticello, New York

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on A very short history about the founding of Monticello, New York

We know that there are some of you who read the blog who are from outside our local area. There are also plenty who live near by. We are the Rental Center of Monticello and we’ve been telling you plenty about equipment rental and about our business in previous blog posts. We thought we might close out this month by telling you about the “of Monticello” part.

For many, “Monticello” is the name of Thomas Jefferson’s home (back in the time when many people named their houses, not just their kids and pets!). It is not cosmic coincidence that our village is named Monticello – there is a direct connection, although, his home is pronounced traditionally, as in “chello” for the last two syllables. We locals pronounce it “sello.”

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DIY Patio or Deck? Part I: Decision

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on DIY Patio or Deck? Part I: Decision

Our last two articles were about swimming pools which are, admittedly, a very big DIY decision.  One type of DIY project that some people have been known to knock out over a weekend (depending on the amount of help from friends and bribery necessary to get that help) is the building of a pool/deck.  You can preorder the materials, get them delivered to your house, and do whatever preparatory work you need to before the big weekend.  Before you announce said big weekend we need to think about which structure to build: deck or patio?

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Should I build a swimming pool in my backyard? Part II: Construction

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Should I build a swimming pool in my backyard? Part II: Construction

So, interestingly enough, there are two schools of thought on this.  Let’s start the the assumption that if you’re one of our customers or you’re the sort of person to frequent an equipment rental place, like ours in Monticello, that this is a DIY project, which changes the price from $25,000+, which is what a professional contractor might charge, to something between $5000-$15,000.  Now the reason for this variance is because you can choose to build natural or artificial.

Natural pools

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Should I build a swimming pool in my backyard? Part I: Decision

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Should I build a swimming pool in my backyard? Part I: Decision

It’s getting towards the dog days of summer and as it gets hotter people might be looking into their backyard, considering just how much better life might be if they had a pool back there.  We’re a rental company so when we get the initial phone call for an excavator for someone who wants to possibly work on (at least part of) a project like this, we ask the originating question: why do you want to build a pool in your backyard?

Reasons to build:

1.  It’s a cool, relaxing feature.  Yes, this isn’t really disputable, is it?  When you see a pool in a backyard you automatically reach for a cold beverage and wonder if there are any lawn chairs.  Whether you are single or have kids a pool is always an option for a day off and when you have one in your backyard it’s just that much easier to get to.  You can add waterfalls to get that zen feeling or to have an added feature to play with in the pool.

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4.4 things to think about when planning your company picnic

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Labor Day is 5 weeks away and if you don’t have a company picnic planned (either for the end of the season or the end of the quarter) for that weekend you still have time to plan – not just for that weekend, but for any time in September.

Planning for your company picnic is like planning for any regular picnic, but probably on a much larger scale than many are used to.  You also want to make sure you’re giving people the freedom to be themselves without feeling that they are “at work.”  Having a picnic is a form of employee appreciation and you want them to feel appreciated!

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3 reasons why Word of Mouth works best

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on 3 reasons why Word of Mouth works best

Before the age of information (and the age of reliable worldwide shipping), one of the great things about a vacation in a far-off land would be bringing back some foodstuff or drink to share with friends that could not otherwise be bought here in America.  One of our staff here at the Rental Center of Monticello spent a semester abroad in Italy many years ago and he shared a recent ad campaign from Haagen-Daaz centered around “limoncello.”  For those who don’t know, limoncello is a drink that’s probably around 100 years old that is created by steeping lemon zest in grain alcohol until the lemon oil releases – that yellow liquid is then mixed with simple syrup.  It is amazing, and you should try it.

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Iconic Construction Projects: the Brooklyn Bridge

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Iconic Construction Projects: the Brooklyn Bridge

It’s the Fourth of July today and all week both our customers and employees have been restless.  It’s hard to focus when there’s a big holiday in the middle of the week, we understand!  As we thought about what made sense to write about during this week we celebrate America, I thought that we should celebrate a really important construction project right here in our great state of New York: the Brooklyn Bridge.

It’s iconic, it’s well-recognized, it often makes appearances in movies, and it has a great history.  There are plenty of places you can get a deep history of this monument but we thought we’d give you the Rental Center of Monticello version: short, sweet, and to the point!

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Equipment Rentals and the US Economy

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Equipment Rentals and the US Economy

One of the interesting things about working in our sector is that people look to our numbers to indicate the direction of the economy.  If “equipment rentals are up,” that’s usually taken as a positive sign.  This is because so many people look to housing starts as an economic indicator.  If there are more housing starts, more people will rent (or buy) equipment, and at least in our industry, that means more profit for us and for our clients.

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But is that really true?  In the short term, yes.  But when you are talking about such big economic trends you have to speak in generalities.  We might get a better sense of the real picture from the other side of the looking glass.  Let’s, for example, think about how it might work for us here in Monticello, NY.  If we use housing starts to measure economic growth, what do we do with our excess housing inventory?  If there are more houses for sale that people simply don’t want to buy because they’d rather build their own (maybe it’s cheaper, maybe they want to customize, maybe they want to be closer to a new park and school instead of an older, more historic neighborhood) ultimately the small local economy is going to have to deal with that excess inventory.  Two things can happen here.  Either the market can have an adjustment to a lower price because of the excess inventory, or the neighborhoods in which there are a lot of homes for sale will begin to lose momentum (growth) and character (the “moss” that grows around a community).

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4 things to remember when renting a tent for your event

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on 4 things to remember when renting a tent for your event

Some time ago we blogged about ways to make an outdoor event great.  Today we are going to step beyond that article to drill down a bit more specifically and talk about the tent component of your outdoor event.

Now, not everyone wants/needs/can afford a tent for their event.  This article is for those who have never done so and are considering it and want to be fully aware of everything that goes into tent rental and setup.  We hope these suggestions for things to remember will help you have a great event!

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Social Media and Your Business

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Social Media and Your Business

So, a couple of our customers have seen our new(ish) presence on Twitter and Facebook and even Google+ and have asked why an equipment rental firm in Monticello, New York needs to be broadcasting our thoughts and ideas to the whole world.  “You’re a local business,” they say.  “Why worry about everybody else in the world?”  Fair question.  We’ll try to answer!

I suppose we would begin by saying that we have come to learn and understand that social media is just today’s buzzword for something that has existed for a very long time: word of mouth.  Is there ever such a thing as “too much word of mouth”?  Would you ever tell someone, “Well, thanks for telling me about that company, but I’ll never be in that part of New York, so you wasted your time telling me about them”?  Of course not!  This is because “word of mouth” is part and parcel of storytelling.  As humans, as social beings, we love hearing a great story, and just because that story is about a business doesn’t make it any less interesting.

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