Is it worth it to rent furniture or buy

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  1. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    So I will be moving next week! and I can continue to teach online but in a home office. While moving out the old spot, I am having a hard time with finding someone to move my heavy things. I eventually found movers to move my things for an expensive price. With that being said, would it be wise to rent furniture for the new spot so that the rental company can come to remove everything themselves? Besides, I am only looking to stay 2 to 3 years max so investing in furniture that will wear and tear like my old furniture does not seem to be a good decision
     
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    Renting furniture or appliances is never a good option.

    I'm confused about your statement of furniture wear and tear after 2 to 3 years since all but one couch in my house is 25+ years old.
     
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    With the prevalence of yard and garage sales, thrift stores, and Craigslist, I would never rent furniture. Buy it inexpensively and give it away when you move. Who knows, you may come to love it and take it with you when you leave years from now.
     
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    We seem to think alike!
     
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    More often than not!
     
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    Mine happened to get worn down over the years
     
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    I did that to my previous furniture
     
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    The problem is I cant find anyone to help me move the things
     
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    The movers were too expensive
     
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    Well, your parents want you back to run the kindergarten - in my family, they would step up and help with rental of a van, find people who could be strong backs, or help shell out some cash to make the move happen. Rent a trailer, van, or truck, and let your parents help you recruit high school or college students to do the heavy lifting. I've moved cross town, cross state, and across the country, and everyone always helped out to the best of their abilities. If your family is devoid of men, I would suggest finding some way to move the smaller stuff with something you can rent and selling the rest where it is. Use the money from the sale to buy more used furniture where you are going. What I wouldn't do is spend a lot to move stuff that I didn't view as truly irreplaceable. All of this is, of course, simply my opinion. Do as you feel you must.
     
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    Now that is a relative term.
     
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    I can't imagine the cost of movers is more than the cost of renting furniture or buying new furniture. Last time I moved, I believe I paid $125 for movers. Shop around for the best price.
     
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    I’m confused. You can’t just leave the furniture in your current place when you move out, so why don’t you just take it with you to the new place?
     
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    So, you are planning on leaving the furniture in your old place? Would that mean you will automatically lose your security deposit, be fined for leaving the furniture, and possible be charged more rent for not leaving on time??? How can that be more expensive than cheap movers? And, what will that do to your credit rating and ability to rent a new place if the old place dings you?
     
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    Movers are less expensive than renting furniture. Perhaps your parents can help you move.
     
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    Hire a few college kids with a pick up.
     
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    Movers are way less expensive that renting furniture.

    And if you rent furniture and damage it through accidents, negligence, or wear & tear, there will be extra charges through the rental company.

    The only people who rent furniture around here are people who have no other option. Generally they have poor credit and little money, so they can't pay outright or get financing for decent furniture.

    My $200 entertainment room sofa looks disheveled after just two years. My three $1500 to $2000 sofas look great after more than 20 years. Quality holds up.

    I've moved twice without movers. High school and college kids are always looking for extra money.
     
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    Funny thing is the most expensive sofa was the one we had to get rid of first. It was probably a poor fabric choice on our part.
     
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    I wouldn't use high school kids to move furniture. That could lead to numerous lawsuits if the student injured himself lifting your furniture on your property.
     
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    Many decisions in our adult lives require the application of common sense - something that we as teachers often fail to promote the development of among our students. Teachers by definition must learn basic decision-making skills, so that they can pass such learning on to their students.

    I can appreciate the willingness of those who want to help, but IMO it is a necessary rite of passage for the OP to make her own decisions and make her own mistakes, without the benefit of outside intervention by well-wishers. Whether it be decisions regarding celibacy, living with parents or renting furniture there comes a time when we're all expected to apply our own thinking and common sense. IMO our good intentions will merely serve to perpetuate her dependency on others as we have already seen in prior theads. This reminds me so much of teachers that I've observed who unknowingly encourage their students to be dependent on them for almost everything! We're now on page 2 and counting on the topic of furniture rental - give me a break!
     
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    When I was moving from my apartment, I used a company called College Hunks. They are in every state and one of the cheapest companies.
     
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    Okay, I'll play devil's advocate. What one would consider to be cheap another would consider expensive! I would guess the OP has already conducted an internet search for movers. Next suggestion . . .
     
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    Bribe friends with food & drinks to come and help you.
     
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    I'm pretty sure you can find people to move you. Craigslist, (be careful though) and asked around. It's summer. College kids always need money. There are always people with pick up trucks who need money.

    Renting furniture or appliance is like paying 4 x the cost over time, it's not a good idea at all. I don't know why you think your furniture will fall apart after a couple of years. I have furniture from Ikea from 18 years ago, a dresser from 20 years, kitchen table from 10 years and it's all great.
     
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    Am I the only one wondering if we’re all getting duped here???
     
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    Apparently some people seem to enjoy offering mundane advice for the simplest of questions. This is what happens when we adopt the attitude that "there is no such thing as a dumb question". The dialog often becomes so unproductive that eventually everyone becomes somewhat confused and frustrated. Do you think that this demonstrates enabling behavior?
     
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    What about your family? I'm sure your parents would help you if you asked them.
     
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    Lol:rofl:
     
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    I'd rather buy Big Lots, IKEA, Target, &/or Walmart furniture than rent furniture.

    I never had friends or anyone else to help me move either. I just hired movers (which I know you said was pricey for you).
     
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    OP, just bite the bullet and get it done already! Can't you see that this is a no-brainer? I don't believe you've learned anything new here that you didn't already know.
     
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    I really don't see how criticizing the OP helps matters.
    She asks legitimate questions, which maybe doesn't match some of your lifestyles, but aren't we here to help and support each other?
     
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    Hello everyone sorry for not replying on time. I am very busy at the moment and did not expect to get this much replies on this thread. Well, my dad and cousins will help me move. I sold my sofas, tv stand, and dressers to a relative. I will be getting better furniture on credit with the money I saved and got from selling the old furniture. The only thing I will rent for now is a kitchen table because I am single and no kids, I rarely use a kitchen table. I may even follow some of the suggestions here and purchase a table from IKEA or Wayfair.
     
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    My advice on the kitchen table: just look online. Freecycle, Facebook yard sale groups... you'll find something cheap or perhaps even free.
     
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    Good Idea. I may look on the Facebook market
     
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    Obviously, buying the furniture at firsthand is a lot more cost-effective than renting. The one-time payment will help out for the long-term.
    It may be a lot more expensive at first, but if you rent, eventually....the "expensive" buy-it payment will be easily surpassed.
     
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    I didn't even know renting furniture was a thing.
     
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    You might want to check out some yardsales for kitchen table. I wouldn't buy anything with upholstery because they might have bugs and fleas and who knows what else, but tables and wooden chairs are fine. You can probably buy one for $40 (and maybe even delivered) as opposed to $100-300.
     

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