Things to Rent Instead of Buying

Recent years have seen the flowering of the rental economy. It may be cheaper to buy things than to rent them, but sometimes renting is the better option. Maybe you only need a particular thing for one job, or you’d like to try something out before you buy it. If that’s the case, take a look at this list of stuff you probably didn’t realize you could rent rather than buying.

Sport equipments

From tennis rackets and baseball pants to boxing gloves and scuba gear. If you’re not using it all the time, consider renting. By doing this, you will save you some money and it also won’t clutter your garage and your storage room. 

Sport equipments
Sport equipments

Generally when you’re close to a stadium or any place where sports events are held, you can find a place for sport equipment rental. However, shop around, because the places right next to all the recreation are usually the most expensive. Just driving a few miles outside of the area could easily save you half on the price.

Tools

Apart from those mechanical guys, for the rest of us, it might make sense to select tool rental options. There is no need to buy a tool for one project if you know you’re never going to use it again, no matter how cool you feel when you show it to your friends.

Tools
Tools

Before any new tool purchase, you should ask yourself if you really need to buy it or if it would be better to rent it. Renting tools also gives you the option to insure them and save a lot of money. 

Solar panels

If you’d like to convert to solar power, but you can’t afford the cost of the panels and installation, there are companies that offer you solar panels rental solutions. They will come and install the panels free of charge, and they take care of any necessary maintenance and upkeep.

Solar panels
Solar panels

In exchange, you either pay a monthly fee to lease the panels and keep all the power generated, or you sign the power over to them with a power purchase agreement and purchase the power you need at a cheaper rate than your local utility company would charge – it will make you become their customer indirectly. 

Video games 

One trend that’s been especially popular for a long time is video games rental. Video games are cheap to rent, but expensive to buy. For gamers, it will be boring to play a game over and over again. Most of them really want to experience every game that is on the market. We just can’t  buy a video game, only to beat it a week later and basically stop playing it. 

Video games
Video games 

Nowadays, you can even rent a game console such as XBox or Playstation, which cost thousands of dollars if you want to buy them. In this case, renting is a feasible choice for any gamers. Because of the high value, you may have to pay a deposit before renting it, but it’s just a small fee compared to its original price.