A Few Tips on Tool Rental for DIY Projects

by | Jul 31, 2020 | Business

When you are planning an exciting new do-it-yourself home improvement project and plan to use a tool rental service it’s a good idea to be aware of a few general tips while still in the planning stages. The following are offered for serious consideration and use:

1. Check out the website. Compare prices and policies from various tool rental stores before you go out. Most stores have websites that detail the kinds of tools they have available, their policies and prices, and even what kinds of other services they offer (such as usage and safety training on more complicated tools and equipment). The Internet really can be your best friend and can help to provide you with the information you need to comparison shop before you rent.

2. Make a reservation. Most tool rental stores will allow you to reserve your tool ahead of time. Doing so will help to ensure that you have your tool exactly when you need it. There’s nothing worse than stalling a project because the tool you need to continue isn’t immediately available.

3. If you plan to rent a larger tool or piece of equipment, such as a table saw (for example), you need to plan on having the right kind of transportation for picking it up unless you plan to have the tool delivered to your house and picked up when your rental period ends.

4. Make sure it works. Most tool rental stores will not only allow you to ensure that your equipment or tool is in working condition before you leave with it, but will also show you how to use it and what kind of safety procedures to take when in use. You may have to ask for advice, but it is worth it if you are unsure of how to use a specific tool. Most centers employ knowledgeable people who are there to help.

5. Choose a store that has non-commercial customers. If your store caters mostly to professional contractors who own their own businesses, you may not get the kind of price or treatment that you need. It’s best to use a tool rental store that is geared toward home consumers rather than just businesses.

6. Even though it may seem efficient to rent a tool for five hours (since that is all the time you plan to use or need it), day rates are usually a better deal. Plus, you may find you need the tool for longer than you expected.

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