New rental website proving to be big hit
THERE are loads of websites now for buying and selling items online, but the idea of renting items online has taken somewhat longer to catch on.
But there is now a dedicated Irish website that enables individuals to securely rent all kinds of items to each other online.
Owners can post their item free of charge on Rentstuff.ie with a picture, description and the rental cost. Once a booking is made, the website takes a 5pc-10pc commission, details are exchanged and arrangements are made for delivery or pick-up.
You can hire a petrol-powered chainsaw for up to €40 a day, something that would cost up to €500 to buy outright.
What about a decent digital SLR camera, or a car sat-nav for a holiday trip? You could rent either from someone for €15 a day.
According to founder Declan Kilroy, the most popular category is tools and equipment (items such as drills, diggers and generators), followed by parties and events.
Among the more unusual items offered for rent include helicopters, wedding dresses, limousines, motorbikes, drum lessons and even a babysitter.
While much of the renting that takes place is between individuals, many hire companies have been listing their items on the site, says Mr Kilroy.
Christopher Jones has hired a chainsaw and a bouncy castle for his son's birthday from owners on Rentstuff. "I have to say I found the website very easy to use," he says.
Each time, he paid a 10pc deposit to the website, and the balance of the rental fee to the company or individual he rented it from. He also signed a standard rental agreement, which lays out certain ground rules about all rental transactions.