Did You Know You Can Rent Furniture Too?
Switching cities can be tough. If you have a lot of furniture to move, you've got enough reason to worry. But, believe it or not, moving cities or even shifting homes with no furniture can be worse. A common issue with single working professionals or students renting out a flat is that they find it difficult to buy mattresses, tables and study desks, beds, sofas – any piece of furniture especially if you don't intend to use it in the near future, from time to time. Not only would you have spent money on the temporary piece of furniture, they may find it to be an unnecessary baggage when they leave the place or sell it at throwaway prices.
Kala Kaushal, a post graduate student pursuing her studies from Delhi University, says, “I am an outstation candidate and have been in the city for the last four years. To make things easier for renters, we usually buy second-hand furniture and mattresses from seniors and friends who are looking to them dispose of at a cheaper price. But you know, second hand may not always be good.” While students buy almost everything, it may not be a very good idea for working professionals to opt for second-hand goods. For those looking at the benefit of having a fully furnished house and as per their liking, furniture rental companies are gradually capturing a market for themselves.
Why only single professionals? If you are someone planning a reunion or a big get together, you needn't bring home some of those unsightly plastic chairs! These furniture rental companies offer a variety of décor and designs to choose from. So if you have the space to arrange it, this option is handy. Many of these companies, such as Rentickle, Rentomojo, Urban Ladder, City Furnish etc. have a minimum tenure wherein the renter has to hold the furniture. In most cases, it is 3 months and you would be paying a month's rent and security deposit while booking. When the company comes to deliver the product home, they would ask you for a postdated cheque as rent for the next two months (or for the tenure you have opted for). The security deposit is refundable.
Kavita Bajaj, an architect, is quite happy with the services. “A month ago, we were planning on a big get together for about 100 people at home. Considering that there were elderly in the guest list, we needed to have more furniture to accommodate them. I am totally against those plastic chairs we bring in during weddings for guests. We looked through Rentickle's offerings and settled on a few sofas. The customer service at Rentickle is quite good. They brought in the furniture right in time.”
Bajaj adds, “Although the company accepts cheques or cash or online payments, they were cooperative enough to understand certain issues and we did transact through Paytm. I am glad such companies are springing up too.”
Depending upon the quality, make and brand of the furniture, monthly rental can vary between Rs 200 for something like a wooden chair to Rs 1, 200-1,700 for a 5-seater sofa set. If it is a package for a 2BHK unit, comprising a centre table, mattresses, beds, cupboards, bean bags, microwaves, bed sheets and pillow cases and television, the price may be anywhere between Rs 3,000-6,000 per month. The rates are often negotiable and the pricing solely depends upon the quality of the furniture.
Some furniture rental companies have also come up with packages for a 2BHK or 3BHK set. Now, you needn't wrack your brains about what you need as these packages are customised to suit every budget. So when you buy a 2BHK, you needn't always have to buy expensive sets to make the house look nice and cozy. Besides, furniture, these companies are also taking care of white goods such as microwaves, refrigerators, televisions, coolers, ovens and grillers, rugs, TV trolleys, carpets, lamps, recliner and washing machines as well. Offerings may differ from one company to another.
Looks like life's been made easy.