Moving an entire household can feel like a daunting task when you tackle it all yourself. And that’s reason enough for many people to hire professional movers.

But, did you know there are also professional services available to help you, in addition to the moving company itself? In fact, sometimes the economics and timing might make it more affordable and easier to rent certain goods and services instead of buying them.

Here’s our Top 5 list of what to rent, not buy, when you move:

1.    Furniture.

Acquiring all of the eating and sitting areas in a home can take time (and money), so get a jump start on deciding what you’d like by adding rented (or rent-to-own) furniture. You can rent for a few months to a few years. Whether you need a sofa set, dining room table, or outdoor furniture, adding a few matching pieces can be as easy as the click of a button. Some to try? CORT or Eagle Rental.

2.    Power tools.

Whether you’ll use it for an hour, a day, or a year, having the option to rent some power tools can help you finish your to-do list in no time. Places like Home Depot offer lawn mowers, leaf blowers, pressure washers, paint sprayers, tile saws, and more. Renting them gives you the chance to try before you buy, or use the equipment again and again, without needing to use any added space for long-term storage.

3.    Swimming pools.

Trying to get away this summer, but since you’re already planning moving, there’s no time to do so? Or looking to add some square footage to host a pool party? Try the web site Swimply. Think of it like having an Uber for backyard pools, and available in multiple cities around the country. For as little as $30 per hour, you can rent a pool to do laps or entertain guests at the perfect summer soiree.

4.    Gardening plots.

Grow Pittsburgh has compiled a list of community gardens where you can rent a small slice of heaven for the summer growing season. Designed to help support urban growing, it’s a wonderful way to show just what a green thumb Pittsburghers really have.

5.    Temporary housing.

Whenever you’re in between homes, corporate housing, extended stay hotels, or even a short-term apartment lease might be an option for you to buy some time. Whether you’re looking to move into a new city and need to investigate neighborhoods and schools, have logistics of different closing dates, or simply want to try before you buy, then renting your housing for a few months might help grant you the breathing room you need in your calendar.

If it’s time for you to find movers and/or relocation services in any pocket of Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia or eastern Ohio, we’d love to talk! Plus, we offer free estimates — whether you’d like in-person or virtual, depending on your schedule. Just visit our website, or give us a call today at 800-810-2635.