Whether the industry is inflatable and ride rentals, or witching around in a psychedelic dream world full of talking scarecrows, anthropomorphic lions, weeping tin cans, and flying monkeys, both good and bad abound and are not always easy to distinguish from one another until it’s too late. So, before you decide on a company to help enhance your party with a bounce house, inflatable event, or other amusement employ these helpful tips and you run a much greater chance of being the talk of the town for all of the right reasons.
Sometimes old-school is still the best. Your first best defense against second rate entertainment is to ask your friends and family. See if they’ve used anyone who’d they’d recommend. Unless you’re a horrible person whose next big party your family and friends have been colluding to torpedo, they are going to be more than happy to tell you about the wonderful rental company, clown, or magician, etc. that they had at their company picnic. Their eyes will get large and the light that you shine will be seen, baby. Seriously though, have you ever seen the face of a friend or family member light up when they get a chance to offer helpful advice? This is your starting point.
Next, through the miracle of modern technology and Al Gore, we are proud to present for your viewing pleasure, The Internet. For many our there , this is nothing new. We shop online daily, and we check Amazon Reviews religiously before we buy. Why would we not perform the same due diligence when we are preparing to spend hundreds, or thousands, of dollars for your once-in-a lifetime event? The internet provides a resource that goes far beyond that of your circle of friends. With the proliferation of online reviews floating around all over cyberspace you can now double check that that small family owned party rental company out of Wheeling wasn’t just having an uncharacteristically good day. Not only that, but most online review sites provide the reviewed company to respond to customer accolades and complaints. Since no company, bounce house rental or otherwise, is going to get it right every time or be able to please every patron, the way in which they respond to criticism can be even more enlightening than a gushing review. It can show humility and a plethora of other positive qualities, but mostly it shows that they care about their business and, by extension, their clientele. Many of these companies, be they bounce house rentals, caterers, etc., provide their services at public events at the behest of other companies and, if they are worth their salt, they are as concerned with the success of the event for the sake of the hiring company as they are for their own sake because their fates are inextricably intertwined. A mediocre, or bad online reputation can be as much a detriment to the event as it can be to the amusement company.
The next one may not be as obvious to some, but social media can be an amazing source to check on your would be party rental, magician, etc. and not just for the reviews and comments. The old cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words is a cliche because it’s true. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, et al are treasure troves of information. The photos stored on these sites can show you if their equipment is in good condition. They can tell you if the rental company takes unnecessary risks by letting adults jump with small children. You can also get a pretty good idea of how attentive their staff is and whether they properly anchor their rides to the ground. Nothing ends an event like a bounce house or slide flying away.
Finally, you can do a little research for accreditations. Inflatable companies in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and several other states have to register with and be inspected and certified by state regulators. Contact your local department of agriculture to see if the amusement inflatable rental company has all of their equipment registered. You should also ask the company for proof of insurance. If they can’t provide it, run in the other direction. Other types of entertainers might be a little harder to investigate but you can lean heavily on Google. Magicians have organizations Like The International Brotherhood of Magicians. Clowns have The World Clown Association. You get the idea.
Ultimately, the safety and wellbeing of your guests falls on your shoulders as much as, if not more than, their enjoyment. A little research can really make the difference. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.[woocommerce_social_media_share_buttons]