Furniture rental companies are often seen as one of the few businesses in Australia that can be trusted to take care of a home and its belongings.
But while most of us would have little difficulty choosing a new sofa from a company like Furniture Rental Australia, some people have a difficult time finding furniture for their own home.
“There are a lot of companies out there that you have to look at the price tag and ask yourself what’s the price of what?” said John Mancini, a former commercial real estate agent.
“It’s quite a difficult situation.
There are people out there with a lot more money and are offering a really great deal, but they’re charging quite a bit more than others.”
It’s a common problem for people in rental properties.
When we contacted Bobs to ask what it costs to rent a sofa, we were told it’s about $400, but the company doesn’t say how much is paid to rent the sofa itself.
So how much does it cost to rent one of these expensive pieces of furniture?
According to Mancino, that varies depending on the size of the sofa and whether it’s a custom-built or a brand-new piece of furniture.
“We can get the price down to about $250 for a custom made sofa, but depending on whether it has been built from scratch or from parts, the final price will be closer to $800,” he said.
“So we’ll get a really good deal if we buy it from a local company.
It’s important to note that we don’t necessarily need to pay for the whole sofa, so if you’re not able to find something locally for $200 to $300, we can still get a good deal on it.”
The best value for a couch?
The first thing you need to do is find a good couch.
The standard sofa will cost around $400 to $500, but Mancinos preferred to rent custom-made pieces.
He said they’d only be able to rent them for about $200, so the best option is a custom built sofa with the customised parts.
The custom made chair is around $450, while the custom made table can cost up to $700.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, Mancinis recommended looking for furniture made from scratch.
“You can look at custom built furniture if you have the right piece,” he explained.
“A custom made stool will cost you about $800.
A custom made bed will cost about $300.”
If the sofa is custom-crafted, you might be able see a discount on the price you pay for it.
“I have a couple of chairs that are custom made, and they are in the $400-500 range,” Mancins said.
“The price that you pay is actually the price that we pay for these chairs.”
Mancino said he’d rather be able buy a sofa that was a good value than a one-off.
“If it’s in good condition and has been used a couple years, then you’re getting a good price,” he told ABC Radio.
“That way, when you buy it, you can keep it for a long time and save money.”
There are also furniture rental companies that have lower prices, but you’ll need to ask for details.
One of the best deals available is from Australian Furniture Rentals.
They charge between $200 and $400 for a sofa.
They also offer the best value in custom made furniture for a reasonable price.
You’ll find them on Facebook and Instagram.
They’re usually a little bit more selective than other furniture rental sites, but if you ask them about their furniture you can usually find something you like.
When it comes to furniture rental, it can be a lot easier to find a sofa for a lower price than you would if you were looking for a high-end piece of custom-designed furniture.