It’s good practice when you’ve finished a marquee (and before the event) to have a check list, one copy for the customer and one for you.
What goes on a check list is entirely up to you but here’s some suggestions:
- Sign to say that they are happy with the marquee. It won’t cover you completely, they may find something and call you back but it does help to have a paper trail should anyone try to take action against you after the event (I’ve never heard of this happening but it’s simply good practice).
- Sign to say that all furniture is there (by sign I mean one signature for everything)
- Sign to agree to take responsibility for all of the equipment (unless you have separate insurance/damage waiver).
- Sign to say they have been shown how to use any marquee heating and/or lighting.
- A note to say where any equipment can be plugged in (and not to plug in anywhere else)
- A note asking for any decorations around the marquee not to be attached using staples or non-removable tape.
- A note mentioning no metalwork should be removed and side panels only removed if good weather.
- A note asking for pets (dogs) not to be allowed in to the marquee. There were a couple of occasions I can remember finding presents from the family dog, they were not pleasant experiences!
It’s also good practice to have the emergency contact number on the bottom.
Note this is a check list for the customer (they have a copy, you have a copy) which may be separate from your own erectors check-list, something the team leader might fill in ensuring everything meets the required standards. Flooring is well fixed down, all straps are done on the outside of the marquee, no lighting or heating could come in to contact with PVC/lining, furniture all laid out, dance floor laid flat etc etc.
For those who are starting out this may all understandably be a bit of overkill. If you’re in charge and just putting a 6x6m shell of a marquee then that’s fine. The above should always be the aspiration though, as you get bigger, as your equipment becomes more diverse, the jobs become bigger and when more of the responsibility is delegated to others having check lists is simply good practice.
Some see setting up a marquee hire business as very easy. Others see setting up any business as a potential headache. At DIY Marquees we work very hard helping people set up marquee hire companies by taking a lot of the stress and worry out but promoting good practices so they can thrive in the long term.
Thanks for reading.