When something breaks or we find ourselves missing something we need, the natural inclination is to shop for something new. In our consumer-driven online world, it’s easier than ever to buy anything and everything, at any time. While buying new certainly has its place, sometimes it’s smarter to rent the items we need.
“Hey,” you say. “You can’t rent everything.”
No, you can’t rent everything! But you might be surprised by some of the things you can…
Why Rent Instead of Buy?
When you rent, you can avoid accumulating more and more stuff in a cycle that becomes wasteful—and expensive. Urban nomads are on the rise—that is, people who don’t want to settle down in one spot. They prefer mobility and flexibility, which in turn requires a more minimalist lifestyle, unburdened by material possessions.
Of course, there are plenty of other key benefits to renting versus buying. Check ‘em out:
Plain and simple, renting keeps stuff out of already-overcrowded landfills. Instead of sitting in the shadows, collecting dust and taking up valuable space, rented items can be used by others when you aren’t. The item achieves maximum usage, helping to reduce its carbon footprint.
Spending money can be a slippery slope no matter who you are. What do we want versus what do we need? Many people carry credit card debt with excess purchases. This isn’t typically the case when you rent. You get what you need for a reasonable price, and then you can return it when you’re done. That’s big-time savings in the long run.
It can be hard to change your mind about something you purchase (buyer’s remorse, anyone?). Once it’s yours, it’s yours. Want to change or upgrade? You have to buy a whole new one. Not a lot of flexibility there. With renting, you can always get the latest and greatest model, change colors or designs, or simply move on to something different without the commitment and cost of buying.
5 Things You Should Be Renting
If you’re ready to make better use of your money, here are five things that you can rent rather than buy.
There are a lot of reasons to rent a house. Maybe your kids need to change school districts, or perhaps you want to try living in the city for a while. If you don’t expect to be settled in one place for very long, renting is your best option. You don’t need to come up with a huge down payment for a house, and according to a recent LendingTree study, costs related to renting were lower than those of homebuyers with a mortgage—especially when you factor in the costs of upkeep. You won’t have to worry about market prices when you’re ready to move because… it won’t matter.
Most of us buy tools and use them once or twice a year, if that. If you’re doing a DIY project, don’t run out and buy expensive specialty tools. Instead, rent. Most home improvement stores have a great selection of rental tools that they’ll service and keep in good working order. You can typically rent by the hour or by day for one flat price. Don’t get stuck stocking the garage with tools you’ll never touch again.
Want the freedom to redecorate more often? Ding ding ding! Renting your furniture is the answer! Renting gives you the freedom to pursue higher-quality, trendier pieces. Plus, you won’t feel stuck when your taste changes with the season. Furniture rental keeps big, bulky items out of landfills, as opposed to the fast furniture route, in which subpar pieces fall apart and end up in the trash on the regular. Moving or relocating, but unsure if your new place is your final destination? Furniture rental is the dream solution for outfitting your home with everything you need while you figure out where your forever home is.
Seasonal items can take up a lot of space. Free up your closet and remove the clutter by renting these items instead. Think: skis or holiday decorations in the winter. Camping gear for a summer trip, or sports equipment for the kids’ spring season. On top of reducing clutter, you’ll save yourself from buying gear that you may have no need for again.
Going to a special event? Don’t buy a stunning outfit—rent it. Whether it’s an off-the-wall costume for a party or formal attire for an important family event, these aren’t items you need to wear again anytime soon. They’ll only take up valuable real estate in your closet. Instead, rent what you need and give yourself the option to get a new look next year when it comes time to get dressed up again.
Here at Brook Furniture Rental, it’s pretty obvious that we’re Team Rent. And we’ve got our reasons. We’ve seen firsthand the effect that poorly made furniture has on the environment—a whole lot of resources consumed for items that just end up in a landfill. We’re proud to offer stylish, comfortable furniture, following sustainable practices so these items can be rented and enjoyed, again and again.