10th December 2009
No matter how skilled you may be, when it comes to sound and
lighting, hire the equipment and a professional to set it up and operate it. If
you do not hire this equipment and these services, you will almost always
regret it in the end. Here are questions that you need to ask before you rent
this type of equipment, and get this type of professional service.
professional services available through the rental company? Not all rental
companies also have professional technicians standing by. You may be
required to hire third party services instead. Be sure that you ask this
question, and try to find a service that rents equipment as well as
services together for the best results.
you get a sound and lighting hire from a company, are the services of a
professional technician included in the cost? Very few companies include
the professional services with the cost of renting the equipment. In
almost all cases, the professional services are separate, as they are not
always needed. However, you may be able to negotiate a deal, and get
either the equipment or the services at a reduced rate.
much time does the professional need to get everything set up and
operational? It takes time to get lighting and sound properly set up, and
you need to know how much time is required, so that you can plan for this
period of time well in advance. You don’t want the professional showing up
an hour before your event is to start, only to learn that they need three
hours to get set up. Also find out what is required of you and the venue
ahead of time, so that there are not any delays. For example, do you need
to rent generators and such?
you have a sound and lighting hire, will the professional be available
during the event? Unless you specify that you want the professional to be
available during the event, they may not be. They may get everything set
up and then leave, unless prior arrangements have been made. Of course,
you will have to pay for the professionals’ time, but this is usually
money well spent in the long run.
experienced is the professional? Nothing could be more nightmarish than
having the day of your event come and seeing an unskilled teenager show up
to set up your equipment. Is this the professional that the company
promised you? Know in advance how experienced the professional will be,
and try to meet this professional in advance – for your peace of mind, and
the success of your event.
Surprisingly, a sound and lighting hire is usually very
affordable, as are professional services for sound and lighting technicians.
Because your event is important, and you want it to appear to be well thought
out and professional, you need great equipment from audio visual hire companies, and even better professional services to pull it all together for you – so that you can tend to more