6 Times When Renting Is Better Than Buying
But hereâ€™s a twist: Try renting. You get what you need for a fraction of the purchase price. Your rental is often higher quality than what you can afford to buy outright, too. Youâ€™re the only one who has to know itâ€™s not yours.
Here are six times when renting will probably be better than buying:
Should you rent or purchase a home? This dilemma isnâ€™t new, and the best answer depends on your individual circumstances.
When renting, you pay the monthly fee and utilities. However, homeowners face a wide variety of costs such as mortgages, property taxes, property insurance, homeownersâ€™ association fees and maintenance costs.
One perk to buying a home in the past is that people counted on their houses to appreciate, but a house is not an automatically successful investment anymore. When neighborhoods fade or municipalities cut services, home values drop.
In addition, if youâ€™re in a career where you want or need mobility, a house becomes a weight around your neck. Many retirees also find they donâ€™t want the hassle of ownership.
When youâ€™re traveling long distances, renting an RV has distinct advantages like cost and convenience. Even with rental fees, insurance and gas tank fill-ups, you save money on airline tickets and hotel rooms. Youâ€™ll even save money on food â€” skip restaurants and fix snacks and meals in the mini RV kitchen.
RV travel means you have a bathroom handy at all times as well. Trekking with kids is easier because, no matter where you go, their entertainment, food and nap spots are right there with you.
You could also buy an RV. If you rent one, though, youâ€™ll likely have more money to spend on your vacation â€” and you wonâ€™t have the hassle of trying to figure out where to store it when you get back.
Itâ€™s common for the groom to rent a tux for his nuptials. Now brides are getting into the act by renting wedding dresses.
A bride often discovers that the dress of her dreams takes too big a bite out of the wedding budget. A gown from a popular designer can easily cost upwards of $12,000. Alteration and cleaning fees up the price even more â€” and less than 10 percent of brides allot more than $2,500 for the total dress cost.
Go for a rental and get a designer dress for under $500, everything included. Bridesmaid dresses are available for rent, as well.
Though you wonâ€™t have a wedding dress as a keepsake, gowns often just hang in closets after the big day â€” and saving a dress for a yet-to-be-born daughter to wear at her wedding is risky. Styles change and personal tastes are different.
Other Specialty and Day-to-Day Clothing
A wedding dress is not the only article of clothing that has made its way to the rental market. Fancy dresses for formal occasions are available, too.
A woman doesnâ€™t have to overspend on an outfit sheâ€™ll wear only once. Rent your dress instead, and some rental shops even provide matching shoes and bags. While some stores include insurance in the price, others charge a small additional fee.
Web-based stores also offer daytime clothing for both women and men. Often, stylists choose outfits based on customer preference surveys. Clothes are usually rented by the month.
Maternity wear selections are available online, as well. Major savings here: Women donâ€™t have to continually buy new clothing as their pregnancies advance.
The fashion world is just filled with rental opportunities. Rent high-end jewelry online or in person for parties, weddings or other special events. Leases are typically for a week or month.
You can rent jewelry with lower sticker prices for occasions that donâ€™t require a high level of bling, such as job interviews. If youâ€™re someone who simply loves jewelry and craves new pieces, rental could be an affordable alternative.
When you have household DIY projects, tool rental might be the way to go. Some jobs require equipment youâ€™ll never use again. Instead of paying for a tool and then having it collect dust on the shelf, rental gives you relatively low-cost temporary access.
Thereâ€™s no shame in renting tools. Professional construction companies of all sizes do it, because heavy equipment is so expensive. If a specialized machine like when you rent a scissor lift and is seldom used, renting is a logical and affordable option.
When you consider renting tools or equipment, calculate how often you’ll use it. If itâ€™s frequent enough that rental fees over the next one or two years will equal the purchase price, itâ€™s probably cheaper in the long run to buy.
However, if the equipment is costly or youâ€™re pretty sure this is a one-time usage, renting makes sense. You also donâ€™t have to worry about finding storage space.
Useful tools to rent include a reciprocating saw for demolition work and a concrete or mortar mixer for porches and walkways.
Thereâ€™s also the high-quality tile saw that simplifies laying marble or thick tile, but will you be doing that project regularly? Similarly, building a deck or fence is likely not something youâ€™ll do often, so renting a post-hole digger makes the work both less exhausting and less expensive when youâ€™re trying to complete that task.
You can rent virtually anything these days it seems. While in some cases buying may be better than renting, there are many situations where renting can be much less of a hassle â€” and much more budget-friendly.
James is an internet entrepreneur, blogging junky, hunter and personal finance geek. When he’s not lurking in coffee shops in Portland, Oregon, you’ll find him in the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors. James has a masters degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Bachelors degree on Sociology from Earlham College. He loves individual stocks, bonds and precious metals.