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Top 10 Tips For Making a Big Purchase for your Farm or Rural Business

By January 29, 2024January 30th, 2024No Comments

Top 10 Tips For Making a Big Purchase for your Farm or Rural Business

Upgrade your business operations this year with a new shed!

Get ready for a successful year ahead by making strategic and informed choices when it comes to big purchases. Take a look at our top 10 tips for picking out a new shed or machinery, so you’re always getting the best for your farm or rural business!

1. Durability

Rural businesses need products that are going to last. Ensure your big purchases, such as machinery and sheds are robust, durable, and can withstand the challenges of the agricultural environment, including exposure to weather conditions and heavy, daily usage.

2. Quality Materials

Given the importance of shed durability, the use of high-quality materials like BlueScope Steel is a significant factor for farmers. We choose to use BlueScope Steel as it is renowned for its strength, reliability, and longevity.  You can read more about our use of BlueScope Steel here. 

3. Ease of Build and/or Maintenance

Choose products that are easy to build and maintain. Access to replacement parts, user-friendly build or maintenance guides, and clear documentation can significantly reduce build time and repair costs.

4. Customer Reviews and Recommendations

Read customer reviews and ask for recommendations from other farmers who have used the product. Real life experiences can provide valuable insights into the performance and reliability of a product.  You can check out our customer and builder testimonials here.

5. Site-Specific Design

Customisation and site-specific engineering or design are crucial considerations, as the agricultural landscape can vary. Products and structures need to be tailored to the specific needs and conditions of your property or business. 

6. Price vs Performance Balance

It is very rare that the cheapest option will be the best for your business. While cost is a factor, make decisions based on a balance between quality and price. Focus on the overall cost-effectiveness of the product by assessing factors such as build price, maintenance costs and the product’s lifespan to determine long-term value.

7. Brand Reputation

Consider the reputation of the brand or manufacturer. A well-established and reputable brand often indicates a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

8. Warranty and After-Sales Service

The availability of reliable customer support and after-sales service is crucial. Look for businesses that provide assistance and support throughout the lifespan of the product.

9. Adaptability and Versatility

Look for products that offer adaptability and versatility. This is especially important in agriculture, where tasks and needs can vary. Versatile equipment can be more cost-effective in the long run.

10. Australian Made Status

Preference products that are locally made or owned.  This reflects a commitment to supporting the local economy and ensures alignment with Australian standards. Just look for the green and yellow kangaroo symbol!

Keeping these tips in mind will help you make the right decision when looking at big purchases this year. To ensure you are buying the best for your farm or rural business, make sure your purchases not only address your immediate needs but also contribute to long-term success and sustainability.

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