You need a water softener, but you don’t have the money to spend on a new one. Buying used can be a risky purchase because you don’t really know how much life the unit has left, and buying new may not be viable, especially if you’re moving shortly.
What can you do?
You can rent a water softener. We’re going to be looking at the debate between buying and renting so that you can make a smart choice for your home.
Renting a Unit
Renting a unit is a short-term solution. If you plan on moving out of your home or apartment soon, you may not want to invest in a water softener system. But renting may be an option because you’re not tied into a high upfront cost.
You can rent a unit for a month or years because long contracts typically don’t exist.
Finances are the biggest reason to rent a water softener. If you don’t have the upfront capital (a few 100 dollars to thousands of dollars), renting may be an option. You can also rent to test the waters to see what your water is like with a system in place.
It’s important to know that when you rent a unit, you may also face other fees:
- Installation may not be free, and may come with a one-time cost.
- Maintenance of the unit is likely to be rolled into the monthly cost.
If installation is included, you’re likely going to see the monthly price reflect the added cost in it. You’ll also find introductory options wherein you’re able to get a deal for the first few months of having the unit installed.
And you also have the benefit of knowing that if the unit breaks, all you have to do is call the rental company and have them replace it. As long as you didn’t purposely break the unit or do something that led to the unit breaking, you will just pay your monthly fee and that is it.
Buying a Water Softener
Renting isn’t for everyone. And a lot of people would rather pay for a water softener upfront because dealing with just another bill isn’t something on a person’s agenda. You’ll be paying monthly for a unit that you’ll never own, and there is a chance that you’ll pay more in rental fees than what an actual new water softener would have cost.
And if you buy your own unit, you will have to worry about:
The longer that you don’t rent a unit and your system continues to run properly, the more return you’ll make on your investment. Renting should only be done on a case-by-case basis wherein you have a full understanding of your financial situation and you won’t be able to afford a new system anytime soon.
And you may also need it temporarily.
Sit down and really think about your decision. If you don’t have the extra money, renting may be the better option. If you have the money and own the home where the unit will be installed, it is always more financially responsible to have your own water softener installed.