Whether you are renting an apartment, furniture or a car, there are things you will want to keep in mind. Renting means that you are borrowing from somewhere or someone. It also means you are potentially liable for the item, so it can pay to know what your options are if something goes wrong. It also makes sense to take steps to prevent anything from happening to the rental. Here are some tips to make sure you are covered:
- Always read the fine print and ask questions. Know what the penalties are for late return and/or damage, and double-check them with someone in person.
- Protect the item. Park the car away from other ones. Cover rented sofas with a slipcover or blanket. Avoid placing rented glassware near doors or where crowds will be milling around. Think ahead so you are sure to treat things with care.
- Consider additional insurance. If you are particularly nervous about a rental, consider checking into a rider on your renters insurance or purchasing more through the company. This isn’t always needed, but if it gives you peace of mind, you may want to do it.
- Return items early when possible and if there is no penalty for doing so. The less time you have something, the less risk is involved.