Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tips For Borrowing Or Lending Lawn Mowers

Tips for Borrowing or Lending Lawn Mowers
Learn proper neighbor etiquette and get advice on borrowing or lending lawn mowers and other power equipment

Borrowing and lending equipment, lawn mowers or power tools can be a slippery slope even with the best intentions. We’ve heard the good, the bad and the ugly of lawn mower lending. Fear not, with a few simple tips and a little neighbor etiquette, lending and borrowing a lawn mower or power equipment can be a great way to get to know your neighbors and try out some new and exciting equipment. 

Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when lending equipment:

You can say no
At the end of the day, it’s your equipment. If you just purchased a brand new zero turn lawn mower and your neighbor asks to borrow it, you can say no if you are not comfortable with lending it out. Be polite and honestly express your concerns. Most likely, your neighbor will understand your hesitation in letting a brand new piece of equipment out of site.

Set some rules
If you are comfortable letting neighbors, friends or family members borrow your lawn mower and tools, don’t be afraid to set a couple ground rules before lending equipment. Set some expectations as to how you would like the equipment returned and when you expect it back. If the borrower has a problem with the rules you’ve set, politely let them know you won’t be lending out your lawn mower. 

If the rules are broken, say something.
Once you’ve lent out your lawn mower, make sure that the rules you put in place are followed. Don’t let the rules slide or you might never see your equipment again, or set a bad precedent for future borrows. If you asked for your equipment back by a certain date and it hasn’t been returned, follow up with a phone call or visit. If the lawn mower was returned in poor condition, this should definitely be brought to the borrower’s attention.  

Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when borrowing equipment: 

Ask, but don’t demand
Emily Post would tell us that it is never proper neighbor etiquette to borrow items without asking, even if you’ve borrowed before. If you are planning to ask your neighbor, friend or family member to borrow a lawn mower or piece of power equipment, be polite and courteous when asking. It’s also wise to get to know your neighbors a little before you ask to borrow equipment. Then, don’t ask to borrow a new piece of equipment and don’t borrow the same piece of equipment over and over again. If you ask and are turned down, be understanding and accept no for an answer. Understand that if they do say yes, asking for a favor means you should be willing to return it at some point as well

Return the lawn mower in the same condition you borrowed it
If you are borrowing an expensive piece of equipment like a zero turn lawn mower or log splitter, make sure it is returned in the same condition it was borrowed. Add fuel to the lawn mower or equipment if applicable. Also, if anything was damaged while you used the lawn mower, bring it to the owner’s attention and offer to pay for a replacement part or new piece of equipment. 

Promptly return the lawn mower when done 
When you borrow a piece of power equipment or lawn mower, it is really important to return the equipment in a timely manner. Once you’ve finished using the equipment, make sure it is in good condition, fuel levels have been restored, and return it as soon as possible. If you return the item in good condition and in a timely manner, it is more likely that you will be able to borrow from that person in the future. 

If you keep these simple tips in mind while lending and borrowing lawn mowers and power equipment, uncomfortable or awkward situations with friends, family member and neighbors can be avoided. Just remember to be polite and treat borrowed equipment like you would treat your own. 

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