DIY Home Improvement: Why Buy When You Can Rent

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Is it Worth Buying?

When you’ve got a hefty to-do list of home and yard chores to tackle, you probably have a lengthy list of equipment and tools you will need to complete them. You probably don’t care to add a very expensive trip to the home improvement store to the top of your list. Much of the equipment you need to get your indoor and outdoor space looking great can be found at an equipment rental store.

Despite the well-documented fact that guys love buying tools (especially loud, powerful ones), purchasing isn’t always the best choice. New homeowners especially may not find it practical to go out and buy all the different, high-cost equipment they need all at once. Even established homeowners with years of home-improvement work under their belt most likely won’t have purchased the tools and equipment needed for use only once or twice a year or less. The purchase cost and cost of maintaining such infrequently used equipment might be more trouble than its worth, and in those cases, renting is the answer.

The Rental Solution

Equipment rental is a smart solution for one-time projects and many once-a-year projects. The garden needs to be tilled just once every spring, so instead of spending thousands on a machine that will gather dust and get tripped over in the shed or garage the other 364 days of the year, save money and trouble by renting. When you finally get around to trimming up branches or removing an ailing tree, you’ll likely find that a wood chipper isn’t a wise investment, but trying to complete the project without one will become difficult and tedious. Once again, renting is the solution. Your home’s exterior and driveway may benefit from an occasional power wash, but your wallet may not benefit from purchasing a power washer right now.

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The Alternatives to Renting

The alternatives to renting include buying, borrowing, or going without. Buying may not be financially practical, and storage space for all this equipment must also be considered. Those on a tight budget may be constrained to buying less expensive, low-quality equipment, which may not last as long as it should and can involve frustration with poor performance. When you purchase equipment, maintenance and repairs become your problem as well, so consider how much time and skill you have to invest in keeping your purchases in top shape.

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Why Borrow?

Borrowing can be nice, if you happen to know people who have what you need and are willing to share, but this also comes with the difficulties of transporting the equipment, worrying about damaging the equipment (and along with it, the relationship with your friend or neighbor), and the concern about whether you are putting someone out or need to find some way to repay them. Making do with what you have or going without simply results in more work or a poorly completed job, which is something that can be avoided by renting.

Don't Put it Off

If you’re finding yourself procrastinating on your honey-do list because you don’t have the right equipment for the job, call or visit an equipment rental center to find exactly what you need to cross any task off the list. You’ll get all the praise for a great-looking yard, with none of the complaints for busting the budget with expensive equipment purchases.

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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Yes, rentals are a smart solution for one-time use in projects. Neat idea to highlight this topic in a hub.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Especially power washers, tillers, aerators. My husband and a couple of neighbors sometimes get together and rent equipment then take turns using it before having to return it.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks RTalloni!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

That is such a great idea and smart way to save $$! Thanks FlourishAnyway!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great idea! How many times do we buy stuff we really can't afford and then rarely if ever use it again. ^+


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TotalHealth 2 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

Great hub! I totally advocate renting vs. buying equipment for first-time home projects. On too many occasions I have made the retail purchase for a product I used just once, and then it sat on a shelf in the garage for years. Eventually I sold it for much less than what I could have rented it for in the very beginning. One caveat, however, is to pay close attention to rental prices, total days for price paid, and insurance policies.


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thumbi7 2 years ago from India

Very informative hub


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torrilynn 2 years ago

I thinking buying something that you can't afford isn't a good idea and that you should rent unless the interest rate is extremely high and you will end up paying more if you rent than if you buy. thanks for the hub. well written.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

So true, Thanks Jackie!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Good advice, you definitely want to make sure you are getting a good deal with the number of days/price - Thanks TotalHealth!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks thumbi7!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Agreed, Thanks torrilynn!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Good advice on this topic. REntals are such money savers when it is a high expense usage.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks teaches12345!

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