When you have a temporary job to do, it sometimes makes more sense to rent an item rather than to buy it outright. When we put up our fence, we had need of a saw. However, we knew that we wouldn’t use the saw much beyond that one project, so we decided to rent it from someone else. Sometimes, you are better off renting, since you can get items for less – and you aren’t cluttering your home with items you won’t use again. Here are 5 items you might be better off renting, rather than buying.
1. Certain Tools
While it’s certainly handy to have a hammer and screwdriver readily available, and maybe a drill, it doesn’t make sense to buy a lot of different types of tools. It’s possible to rent chainsaws, and other types of saws, as well as other tools. Home improvement stores like the Home Depot are well known for offering tool rentals.
When my in-laws came to visit us, we knew that their sleep requirements meant a bed. However, we weren’t in a position to buy a guest bed at the time. We decided to see if we could rent a bed. Turns out that the local rent to own place had a great deal. We could rent a never-been-slept-on bed for two weeks, for much, much less than buying a new bed. It’s also possible to rent couches, tables, and even TVs if you are hosting an event.
If you have to move, even if it’s only across town, it can be worth it to rent a truck. You don’t need to buy a truck for hauling, either. You know that you can go to U-Haul or a similar truck rental company and get what you need, but there are also other places to rent trucks. Home Depot features pickup truck rentals – perfect for making a haul to the dump, or moving something big. Indeed, the truck rental for moving furniture might actually cost less than a furniture store delivery fee.
My cousin, instead of buying textbooks each semester, rents them. While it’s worth it to buy textbooks in the area of study you plan to pursue, it often doesn’t make sense to buy textbooks for generals. They are costly, and you only use them once. Instead, look for ways to rent textbook. Half.com, Chegg.com, and CampusBookRentals.com all offer you the option to rent. You can also use Amazon to get low cost textbooks and return them for credit.
Rather than buy an expensive bike that you only use once or twice a year (and that takes up space in the garage and requires maintenance), you can rent bikes. This is a great way to enjoy occasional biking, without having to buy the bike. You can find bike shops all over the country that offer rentals. Many countries also offer bike rentals. You can rent them at one station, and ride them to another, to return them. It’s a great way to get around in new city, and it usually doesn’t cost much.
If you want to save money on things you don’t need very often, you might be surprised at how effective renting can be.