Are you someone who is thinking about building your own home, and you are interested in saving costs along the way? A lot of the time people (and let's face it, men in particular) bite off a lot more than they can chew when it comes to their own abilities. Building a house means that you will have plenty of opportunity to show off your industrial chops; it also means that you are going to have to show some constraint. In this article, we are going to take a look at operating vehicles on the site in such a way that you don't have to worry about being involved in power of sale properties before your house even gets built.
First of all, make sure that any vehicles operating on your site are insured as much as possible. This goes for vehicles that you will be operating yourself as well as those which will be operated by owners and other individuals. A recent accident on a piece of real estate, cost the property owner hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and injury costs, because the Bobcat he had been operating was not fully insured. Accidents do happen, and with industrial vehicles they can be quite costly. Don't skip insurance!
Remember to keep your experiments with industrial vehicles restricted to the smaller ones that operate on site. It takes some getting used to when you are in the driver's seat of a backhoe or loader, and most of us don't have the time to truly adjust our perspective. Leave the big guys up to more experienced drivers.
Remember that when it comes to industrial vehicles, part of the operation is with the equipment that comes on the vehicle. You might be perfectly able to drive a septic pump truck, for example, but that does not mean you understand how to work the vacuum systems and other equipment the truck has mounted on it. Trying to learn on the fly might result in a lot of extra work and cost for you; again, leave equipment operations up to someone else.
For the vehicles on site that you are capable of operating, remember to exercise safety and caution at all times. Remember that these vehicles are built for sheer power; they are much less forgiving than recreational vehicles. In addition, they don't have a lot of the extras that make our day to day vehicles easy and safe to drive (power steering and brakes, for example). The last thing you need is for your property to appear in some blog as the 'stupid accident of the week' (or something worse). Always use extra caution when operating even small industrial vehicles.
Admitting you might not have the expertise to operate industrial vehicles around your construction site is no blight on your record. We all have limits to our abilities; we can't all program a project management software tool and we can't operate every vehicle we come across. When money and safety are at stake, it's best to let your pride take a back seat.