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Home Owners Saving Money While Bringing Back “Do-It-Yourself” Approach

August 30, 2010 8 comments

Home owners going back to a “do-it-yourself” mentality is an increasing trend over the past few years.  More and more home owners are trying to “cut back” during these economic hard times.  Taking on small projects, repairs and other around the house maintainance items themselves has been an increasingly common way to capture some extra money and relieve some stress on the monthly budget.  Projects such as extending a patio, pressure washing, carpet cleaning or snaking out a clogged plumbing line can be done much cheaper by a home owner than hiring someone else to come in to do it.  One of the biggest areas people are adopting the do-it-yourself approach again, is lawn and garden care.



A survey was recently conducted by The National Gardening Association showing this increase of home owners taking matter into their own hands.   The survey came back with about one out of five households nationwide spent more time caring for their lawns and gardens last year and 16 percent less money in total than in previous years.

The survey goes on to indicate that, while most of the 83 million households that participated in do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities last year spent about the same amount of time on their lawns and gardens, 22 percent spent more time food gardening, 19 percent spent more time flower gardening, 19 percent spent more time container gardening, 14 percent spent more time on lawn care, and 13 percent spent more time on yard and landscape maintenance. Only about 1 out of 10 households spent less time on lawn and garden activities last year.

These recently published results found in the Hard Times Lawn & Garden Survey and 2010 National Gardening Survey show how more Americans are tightening their belts while benefiting from their own lawn and garden maintenance, said Mike Metallo, President of NGA.

“It makes perfect sense that people are spending more time on do- it- yourself lawn and garden activities during this great recession because it’s a simple and direct way homeowners can maintain and improve the appearance of their property and save money by doing more for themselves,” Metallo said. “It’s clear that food gardening is a significant priority for many people because exercise, health and nutrition, along with food safety, are on the forefront of their minds, along with the dollars they spend on produce in stores.”
According to NGA’s 2010 National Gardening Survey, household participation in all types of do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities increased by 2 million households last year, to 83 million households from 81 million households the previous year. The average annual amount spent per household on all lawn and garden activities decreased by $81 from $444 to $363. And the total amount spent on all lawn and garden activities decreased by 16 percent to $30.121 billion last year from $36.060 billion the previous year.

Full Article: More people saving with do-it-yourself lawn & garden care

So, if you are looking to save that extra money and “do-it-yourself” your local rental store should be the first place you look.  Rental companies like Aztec Rental carry the equipment that will get your job done.  From lawn and garden equipment (chainsaws, lawn mowers, blowers, aerators, & sod cutters) and home project equipment (pressures washers, carpet cleaners, tile saws, & concrete mixers) to contractor equipment (generators, compressors, jackhammers & compactors) and earth moving equipment (backhoes, dozers, skid steer loaders & excavators), will be on hand and rental ready.

Basically, what every the project or job you have we make it easy, from the equipment and expertise to the proper use and advice.  So, if you are in the Greater Houston or surrounding areas come see us at Aztec Rental for all your rental equipment needs.  If Houston is not where you call home, contact your local rental company for information.

We strive on our customer service, and an important part of that is understanding what our customers want, need and what is in their best interest.  Many people do not want or need to rent equipment, as owning the equipment is more logical and beneficial for them.  If renting the equipment is not what you had in mind and would rather own the equipment yourself, great news, Aztec Rental is your source for new equipment as well.  We have the privilege of partnering with top of the line manufacturers in the outdoor power equipment, lawn equipment and construction equipment industries, to get you the “right” equipment for your needs.   If you are looking to purchase that chainsaw, trimmer, blower, walk behind lawn mower or zero turn mower you have always wanted, look no further, Aztec Rental has the experience and knowledge you are looking for in an equipment dealer.

Brands: Stihl, Echo, Ferris Mowers, Snapper Mowers, Trailers and more.

Helpful Do-It-Yourself Articles:

Lawn Aerator: How & When To Use
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How To Refinish Your Hard Wood Floors

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Daily Fill: Backhoe Dragster

May 7, 2010 Leave a comment

82 MPH, In a Backhoe!  What?

Categories: Daily Fill, Interesting

Equipment: Should I Rent or Buy

February 19, 2010 3 comments

It starts with what is right for you and your company.  In the majority of cases renting equipment is more beneficial to your company and bottom line.  Renting equipment from Aztec Rental gives you the luxury of always using the correct piece of equipment for the job, instead of “making do” with what you own.  Having the “right” equipment for the job makes you more efficient and productive at each job. 

So it’s the age old dilemma of “Why would I rent the equipment when I can just purchase it, and have access to it without having to pay rent”   In theory this is correct.  However, have you ever thought of repair costs, maintenance costs, and depreciation costs associated with owning equipment.  These costs alone can ultimately end up increasing the original cost of the equipment substantially. 

Now don’t get us wrong purchasing equipment is without a doubt the right decision in some cases.  If you’re in a streamline business where every job is a mirror to previous jobs then purchasing the equipment to complete these jobs is a great idea.  In addition, you now have depreciation or “business deductions” at the end of the year.

Should I Rent or Should I Buy?  Great question and the only intellectual answer is “It Depends.”  Below are a few points of interest for both sides.

Benefits of Renting Equipment

  • No Repair or Service Costs:  Your company does not endure costs it takes to properly maintain equipment like; mechanics, repair facility, parts inventory, or regular maintenance parts.  Aztec Rental takes on all costs of maintaining equipment. 


  • No Down Time: If your own equipment breaks down on a job you will be shut down until the unit is repaired.  We don’t have to tell you, but time is money. Aztec Rental will have a mechanic on site or swap out your equipment which produces essentially no down time.


  • Equipment Cost: No real equipment costs to affect your bottom line.  Renting a piece of equipment is much less expensive than buying that same unit.  You put rental costs into bids to offset that expense, which produces a “no cost” on equipment for your company.  This In turn preserves your company’s capital, providing you the opportunity to invest it in avenues that will help your company grow.


  • Cost of Ownership: Renting relieves you or your company of all costs associated with owning equipment.  There will be no inventory costs, licensing/registration costs, or transportation cost.  Renting will save you the time and cost of advertising and equipment preparation when you go to sell the unit.


  •  No Storage: Storing or warehousing equipment can be a hassle and very costly.


  • Up to Date: Renting the equipment will allow you to constantly utilize a piece of equipment that is current and on the cutting edge of technology. When owning a piece of equipment the time comes when your equipment is outdated. 


Benefits of Buying Equipment

  •  It’s YOUR Equipment:  There is a benefit of knowing something is “yours” and you are the only one who has utilized the equipment.  It has not been abused or neglected at any time.
  • Availability: You never have to put out any effort to locate a piece of equipment.  You have access to it when you need it.
  • Deduction: This is huge come end of the year.  Depreciation/Inventory costs are always a big plus come tax season.

Whether you decide to rent your equipment or buy your equipment, Aztec Rental carries top named brands and keeps our rental fleet current to ensure you are getting quality equipment.  Combine quality equipment with our superior service and you get a company that is unmatched.

So is renting or buying equipment the right answer for you and your company?

ARA – The Rental Show Feb. 7-10

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The annual American Rental Association (ARA) “Rental Show” is just around the corner.

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See new products, full product lines, and get “show specials” on equipment.

The Rental Show
February 7-10
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida