A site visit is normally done from 12 months to 2 weeks before the marqueeâ€™s going up. With experience youâ€™ll be able to see exactly what your marquees will look like when erected and therefore what problems youâ€™re likely to face.
The first few times you go to site visits you wonâ€™t know what to look for so hereâ€™s some tips:
- If youâ€™re putting a marquee up against the house always have the flat gable end against any door, especially if itâ€™s opening outwards. Two reasons: i. if it rains the water goes off to the side, not towards the house. ii. In most designs of marquee thereâ€™s no bar across the gable to stop doors opening etc.
- Think about how youâ€™re going to anchor the marquee down. If itâ€™s on grass itâ€™s usually straight forward â€“stakes/guy ropes. If itâ€™s on a patio then you need to think about weights, longer guy lines or bolting it down.
- Access: check the ease of access to the site
- Is there enough room to erect the marquee (not just enough room for it to fit when erected). Do this twice!
- If youâ€™re using stakes into the ground check there arenâ€™t any cables etc running under the area.
- Make sure there arenâ€™t any power lines overhead
- Look at the parking outside, this may influence how many vehicles you bring.
If I remember any more pointers Iâ€™ll post them later.
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