Money-saving tips for home improvement using Home Depot: Tool Rental

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Are you a first time homebuyer like myself? Congratulations! Buying a home is such a wonderful experience, but it’s one that comes with a huge responsibility and requires some dough.

Everything costs money and for a newbie like myself, I know that these contractors, flooring professionals and roofing experts see dollar signs all over me. But guess what? After paying my closing costs, putting a down payment and paying for inspections and more, I have no money!

My ideas of getting a professional cleaning company to come out and deep clean, the movers to move my boxes and the painters to freshly paint my home has gone out the door. Why? Because I have no money. Let me clarify, I do have money to live in the home in it’s current condition, I just don’t have the money to do all my original remodeling I planned in my head while I daydreamed in bed, you know, the ones you see on HGTV.

So once I figured that I would have to add another thing to my list of Jane of all trades, I headed directly towards Home Depot. Yes, it was a store that I once cringed while driving by it and yes, I thought it was only for those DIY folks because they lacked cash, but guess what?  After buying a home, I now smile at the thought of heading to Home Depot and yes I’m just another DIY folk that lacks cash (I’m sure there are many people who have cash and still DIY, but this is from my experience).
Before we moved into our new home, we had to deep clean it. The previous owners maintained the home well, but they wore shoes in the home and had 2 large dogs that lived inside the home. When I called all the folks that were beaming with A’s from Angie’s List, they all quoted me a lot of money, like anywhere from $700-$1300. Wow!

There was no way I was going to pay that amount of money, but I still had to clean the home before we moved in. My mom had mentioned that her local Jewel grocery store in Chicago offered a steam clean rental for $50 and that maybe a grocery store in Southern California would offer something similar. I went on Google to do some research and found that Home Depot offered the same thing but you only paid $20 for 4 hours or $29 for 24 hours.

After finding out that Home Depot had a rental department that would charge me almost next to nothing, as long as I put the time and effort into it, I was sold. But beyond that, my experience from start to finish uncovered 4 reasons why I would return and continue to use their services in the future:

Price is right. I went to my local Home Depot, paid $29 for 24 hours and bought the cleaning solution for another $20. While I didn’t have the luxury for someone else to do the work for me, between my mom and I, we were able to steam clean a 2 story house with 2300 square feet. We steam cleaned each carpet approximately 3-4 times and it took about 7 hours to do it.

DIY to save on labor costs. The guy who was working at the rental department knew a lot about the equipments and even showed us the wall steamer so that we could use it to remove old wallpaper (I’ve got plenty of it including roosters and all). The price: $29 for 24 hours. While I have to do the labor intensive work myself, it saves me up to $1,300 to hire a professional to do it. You can’t beat that!

Seemless process. The rental process was very easy. You put a deposit down, plus actual fees and then you take the rental home with you. Make sure you clean any rented equipment because if you bring it back dirty, they will charge a cleaning fee, but it’s common sense. They have their own pick-up and return door, adding convenience to the whole process.

Drop off made easy. I made sure I cleaned the steam cleaner and when I dropped it off, I conveniently used their drop off door. The employee unloaded the cleaner from the car and I proceeded to the counter. Got my credit back from the deposit and off I went! 

During the whole experience, I felt like I was in the driver’s seat and never felt like an amateur. It’s nice to be in control and know what you are doing and paying for. I will definitely be a repeat customer at the rental department of Home Depot!

Come back tomorrow for my experience at the paint department. I am going to try to tackle on my ugly blue living room.

Every day during our 5 part series, answer the question of the day by commenting on the post to be eligible to win a $100 Home Depot gift card. You must comment on all 5 posts by 11:59pm PST on 03/10/2013 to be eligible (please see contest rules). Plus, take advantage of this rare Home Depot coupon to get $5 off your purchase over $50. Today’s question is: What is the best tip or advice you can give to a first time homebuyer?

(Source: Savings.com)

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  1. ri-live

    2 years ago

    Always have your own Inspection of the Property you are going to buy. it will be worth it in the end!

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  2. savingsmania

    2 years ago

    Before moving in, start thinking ahead to what kind of tools you’ll need ie. for household projects, a lawnmower, etc. These purchases add up and it pays to look for deals ahead of time.

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  3. AliciaBoyde

    2 years ago

    Do not buy a home you walk into see without having it inspected and do not buy the first home you walk into without at least checking out more!

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  4. Lilac_Rose

    2 years ago

    Plan on spending at least 1/3 more money than you originally allotted – it’s absolutely amazing how “additional expenses” keep cropping up!

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  5. makara83

    2 years ago

    You will have a lot of small and large projects to take care of in your home..prioritize what needs to get done first so you don’t find yourself overwhelmed. Find sales and items on clearance shelves as well once your list is made!

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  6. RAVEN1020

    2 years ago

    Make sure you get a reputable home inspector who checks out everyday detail of the house,there may be things that the seller is not telling you!!

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  7. Gucchie23

    2 years ago

    Save money for an extra payment a year.

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  8. eyewonit

    2 years ago

    Don’t let yourself become so house rich that you are budget poor and can’t even afford a movie date!

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  9. mashley1000

    2 years ago

    Always follow your intuition. If something feels wrong or weird your probably right.

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  10. DonnaFreedman

    2 years ago

    There is always another house! The “perfect” place you’re looking at but that (a) has issues or (b) costs more than you’d planned to spend or (c) both really is NOT the one true place you were meant to live.
    Seriously. There are others — and maybe they won’t come with the additional stressors.

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  11. Birdie1999

    2 years ago

    Beware of fixer uppers…it may end up costing you more to fix what you fixed!

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  12. Jeannines

    2 years ago

    Look, don;t settle for a house that doesn’t have what you want.

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  13. sunnee63

    2 years ago

    Don’t turn your nose up at 100% not your ideal home. You can make it your dream with some elbow grease!

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  14. Birdie1999

    2 years ago

    beware of do it yourself…sometimes it is better to let a professional do it

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  15. DeftonesGirly

    2 years ago

    Be wary of pushy real estate agents. Look around, don’t just settle. Check the safety of the neighborhood. My most important thing is the home inspection. I had gotten a couple of inspectors…and they still missed things!

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  16. ashley_wil

    2 years ago

    Check out the neighbors and don’t settle. It is the BIGGEST financial investment you’ll probably ever make so don’t get pushed into a deal or give up and settle. People find dream homes all the time.

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  17. rkosully

    2 years ago

    The best tip or advice I would give to a first time home buyer would be not to take on “too much house.” In other words, quantity/size does not always correlate with quality, and sometimes it’s better to pick a smaller, more manageable house that can be used to its full potential.

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  18. Annoek

    2 years ago

    Pay attention to your home inspection. Dont be afraid to ask questions. You’re spending a lot of money and should feel secure in your purchase.

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  19. anuzizta

    2 years ago

    Everyone wants their home to look the best and have the best furniture and accessories that scream style. Great tips. Keep inspiring :)

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