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Rent tools you plan to use once
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Look for used tools at yard sales and online, and if you need an expensive tool for just one project, don't be afraid to rent.

For a tool you're planning to use once or twice for a specific project, Blashaw says it doesn't make sense to pay full price for a brand-new tool. Instead, he suggests going to yard sales and using online classifieds to track down a high-quality used tool that can cost hundreds less.

Another option to save money is tool rental. For hundreds or even thousands less than it would cost to buy them, Blashaw says you can rent professional-grade tools that can make projects go more quickly. Here are some tools Blashaw recommends renting rather than buying:

  • Power paint sprayer.
  • Hammer drill.
  • Scaffolding and platforms.
  • A post-hole driller for outdoor projects.

Another advantage to renting: Rental professionals have a lot of knowledge to offer about how to properly use a tool and get your DIY project done safely.




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