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When it comes to home improvement, small projects pay off

September 24, 2011

(ARA) - Current economic conditions have forced many families to re-evaluate their spending habits and cut back in certain areas that are no longer deemed necessities. Dining out, family vacations and the purchase of that new TV are all being postponed until the economy makes it out of the red - but some things, like home improvement projects, can't be pushed off quite as easily. And while you may not be ready to invest in a whole new set of tools to begin your home improvement project, a trip to your local rental store provides a cost-effective solution to help you tackle those jobs that just can't wait.

Protect your largest investment
Your home is your largest investment and no matter what the economic conditions, you don't want to cut corners on projects around the house. Taking the time to do these projects right the first time will not only ensure the safety and well being of your family, but it will also ensure your financial security for years to come. Investing some energy and money into fixing little problems, like a crack in your home's foundation, will prevent larger repairs down the road. Even something as unassuming as a clogged drain or leaky faucet can lead to much more costly problems if not addressed properly, and can negatively impact the overall value of your home.

Simple 'refresher' projects, like a fresh coat of paint or a little landscaping work, will not only make your home feel more warm and inviting, but will also yield a large return on investment when it comes time to put your house on the market. Other projects, like adding a skylight or fireplace, can make your home more energy efficient and help reduce bills in the long run - and with most family budgets still in survival mode, projects that can produce long-term savings are a smart investment.

Upgrade your house without upgrading your bills
Although many home improvement projects appear to be simple, they often require tools that most weekend warriors don't have just lying around. This is when it makes sense to enlist the help of your local rental store. And since you will most likely only need the tools or equipment once, renting is a much more cost-effective solution than buying new or hiring a handyman. Plus, you get the added satisfaction of knowing that you had a hand in sprucing up your home and increasing its value.

Stocked with pressure washers to clean off your siding or deck, jackhammers to tear out that uneven front walk and concrete polishers to give your garage floor a distinctive new finish, your nearby rental store is like the ultimate workshop - filled with professional grade tools. Your local rental professionals will make sure you get the right tools for your job, and they will teach you how to properly use the equipment you will need. And no need to worry about storing the tools once you are done with your project; just return them to the rental store and let them handle the storage and maintenance.

Find your local rental store
Don't go running all over town to find the tools you need - save your time and energy and make one stop at your local rental store. To make finding the rental store nearest you even easier, the American Rental Association (ARA) offers, the world's largest and most comprehensive rental store locator. Here, people planning a home upgrade can find the rental store nearest them, read how-to tips and get ideas and inspiration for their project.

Don't let your biggest investment become your biggest burden - maximize your investment while cutting your costs with rental.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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