You can’t possibly own all the tools that you might need when renovating and maintaining your house (although it would be cool) and I can tell you from experience that it’s often a waste of time and effort to try to tackle a project with the wrong tool. Believe it or not, I spent many years making do with my Ryobi starter kit before I figured out I could just pop down to The Home Depot and grab what I needed from the tool rental for a fraction of the cost.
Here are the four questions I ask myself when deciding to rent or buy
- Will I likely use it again in the next year?
- Do I have room to store it?
- Which option will save me money?
- Can I benefit from sampling before I buy? (Useful if you’re comparing sizes or brands)
For our latest kitchen project I needed to cut the basement slab and jackhammer out the concrete for the new plumbing. I wasn’t going to buy either of the tools I needed but renting them made the job SO much easier and faster. I used a small HILTI for some prep on the slab floor and in the past I’ve also rented floor sanders, nailers, and cement mixers. Its a huge savings and gets the job done right.
The Home Depot is quick and they have all sorts of cool and random tools that you might never have heard of.
How To Rent
-Go in and find the human in the orange apron in the Tool Rental room.
-Tell them what you are trying to accomplish (like repositioning plumbing for our kitchen sink and dishwasher) and they’ll show you which tools are best for what you are doing (the concrete saw and jackhammer which we were able to return in under 4 hours to save some dough!)
-Ask them to explain how to use the tool and if there’s anything else you might need.
-Choose your rental length and pay the deposit.
From a cost perspective, you can rent the tool for 4 hours or on a 24 hour basis. If you have your act together and just rent it and return as soon as you are done you can save a ton of cash.
What’s the coolest tool I’ve ever rented? I’ve rented it twice, it’s the Quick Drive Automatic feed floor screw driver. Say that three times fast! We screwed in the old kitchen floor and then added a new layer of subfloor to level out the playing field before installing the kitchen cabinets. This thing will save your back and your knees and getting rid of the squeaks in those old floors makes it a no brainer!
What do you want to try? I want to try a mini excavator, so if anybody out there needs some free labor, just hit me up! I will come and operate it for you 🙂
Thank you to The Home Depot for being a great partner in our kitchen renovation and having all the tools we need to get the job done.