I don’t wish anyone to reach a point where they find themselves in need of a lift chair. However, life happens, and you need to make do with what you have. A lift chair is not such a tragedy, especially if it’s temporary. And if it’s not, well…at least you can enjoy the very existence of lift chairs. What would you do without them?
Now the issue at hand is to decide which alternative is better. To buy or to rent? Renting is a viable option, plenty of people do it every day. However, buying is another option, and from my point of view, it’s a lot better than renting.
What are the real advantages of buying a lift chair over renting one?
First of all, you can enjoy everything that derives from your right of ownership. When you rent, you have to pay for every damage you do to the chair. It’s only fair, but accidents do happen. When you have your own, you no longer have to sweat about every little scratch. I do recommend that you take good care of your belongings, everyone should, but owning your own lift chair will save you a lot of worries.
Secondly, buying is more cost efficient. You may be wondering how that is, but let me shed some light on the math. A decent lift chair costs somewhere around 500$. It’s not a little, but neither is renting. If you do a little research, you will find manufacturers that provide free delivery. Now, what about renting? In Florida, for example, the average cost of a 3-position lift chair for a month is 200$. But wait, there’s more. Every extra week you need the chair will cost you 80$. Moreover, you are being charged for delivery and pick-up, which is usually around 60$ each. Let’s say you need the lift chair for 5 weeks. That is 200$/month, plus 120$ delivery and pick-up, plus 80$ the extra week. You get 400$. For 5 weeks. And God forbid you to need the lift chair for longer. So, would you rather rent a chair for 5 weeks with 400$, or would you buy one for 500$ but it’s yours to own?
Another advantage is the quality of the chair. You will not be getting a new chair, you can forget about it. You will receive a chair that was rented multiple times. Not all people take good care of them, some of them have hygiene issues, and so on. So chances are that you will receive a lift chair that has issues, and you don’t want that, do you? Whereas buying a new one for your use only means that you get to enjoy all the benefits and no one else. You’ll take care of it as you see fit, and if you do the proper maintenance, the lift chair will keep its integrity for years to come.
Last, but not least, buying a new lift chair means that you will get exactly what you want. The rental company has a stock, and you may not find what you need at a particular moment. You may have to settle for something else, which may affect your health.
There you have it. If the reasons above don’t convince you to buy a lift chair, I don’t know what will. Personally, I see the advantages and disadvantages, and if I were you, I wouldn’t think twice.