Price is a major factor to consider when purchasing a ropes course or other adventure or training installation. Above all else, value for money is paramount.
But how do you identify value for money when confronted with quotations that are laden with jargon?
We have written some notes below to help guide you through the decision-making process.
The most important rule, before asking for quotes, is to create a specification.
When building a house it is the norm to employ an architect to design the house and then give the plans to several builders to see who can provide the best value for money.
Similarly when buying a car, you’d only ask for quotes on comparable models showing additional features and warranties, etc.
Often in the world of high ropes and assault courses, decisions, sometimes involving tens of thousands of pounds are made without a true like-for-like comparison. Quotations can be for very different structures, built to differing standards using different materials.
- Before you do anything else you need to know what you want to do with you adventure construction – whether it be a rope course, zip wire or assault course. Are you using it for recreation, training or purely to make money – or a combination of these?
- Once you have decided this you will be able to prepare a specification – types of materials, foundations, site finishing, warranties, etc.
- You will never get value for money if you do not send out the same specification to the companies that you are asking to quote. You must be able to compare like for like. Altering the design and configuration is fine at the initial ‘notional’ stage – but once you have decided what you want, you then need to write the specification that you will send out. An example specification can be downloaded HERE.
- A specification sheet also allows you to dictate the budget – only you can decide if you want a top-of-the-range or value-engineered construction.
Any supplier will be happy to assist you in the preparation of a specification. Time and effort spent now could save time and money when your project is built.