Renting is a very familiar concept to almost everyone. Whether it be a place to live, a holiday villa or even a Blockbuster DVD back in the day, the vast majority of us have rented a product or service. We live in 2016 and the days of trekking 4 miles to hire a copy of Mean Girls are long gone. The renting game has been cranked up a notch or two, but you’ll be surprised what’s actually out there and available for rent in this day and age, so take a look at some of the most surprising things available for part time ownership today:
A Dog Walker, or Even the Dog Itself
Whether you’ve got money to burn or you simply don’t have time, hiring a professional dog walker is a viable option. From spaniels to terriers and sausage dogs to pugs, these people will actually take your beloved pooch on a nice long walk for you for around £10 an hour. However, if you like the idea of hiring a dog walker but you’re without a mutt, why not hire one of those as well. Website such as ‘Borrow my Doggy’ will enable you to get your hands on a four legged companion without the commitment, whilst their owners are out of town.
Yeah you read that right, professional line standers exist. Websites such as Task Rabbit allow you to get in touch with people who are willing to do almost any menial or boring task that you don’t want to for a price. Whether you’re waiting in line for that fancy new Italian restaurant, or getting to the Apple store a week before the iPhone 7 comes out, these guys can sort it out. They also offer to paint your apartment, do your laundry and look after your kids, but not all at the same time.
Avoid the mess and hassle a Christmas tree creates whilst being environmentally friendly by renting one. Based in South Sussex, Forever Green Christmas Trees provides potted trees over the festive season that are eventually retired, recollected and donated to a tree planting organisation to encourage sustainability and increase animal habitats; meaning no tree gets wasted. Prices vary depending on the type and height of the tree.
If you’ve got a few thousands of pounds lying around, perhaps you could put that money to good use by renting an entire island? Private Islands Online offers a wide range of secluded islands available from around the world, including the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. Inevitably, prices aren’t cheap, with Calivigny Island in Grenada, the Caribbean costing £15,434 per night for the whole thing…
It’s every gamer’s ultimate dream – playing their favourite titles on a ginormous cinematic screen; which is now possible since you can rent an entire auditorium for yourself and friends. Cineplex offers a two hour Xbox 360 party where your selected group of up to twelve get to play popular games including: Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Guitar Hero 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops and many more. This exclusive is available in twenty-nine theatres and will cost £121.70 per person plus taxes.
Sadly we can’t all afford to purchase top brand accessories, but when you have expensive taste, it can be difficult to achieve the million pound look you want. Thankfully, Fashionhire and Bag Borrow or Steal enables those obsessed with pricey brands such as Michael Kors, Chanel and Louis Vuitton to rent their handbags for monthly durations at a fraction of the purchase price. Just make sure you look after them, otherwise you’ll have to pay for it!
Shipping Container Hotel
We’ve all heard of classic portable construction products like cabin and crate hire, but what about revamping these into a quirky hotel room? Located at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire Snoozebox Hotel has adapted this concept and transformed dreary containers into stylish, comfortable rooms which feature free Wi-Fi, air conditioning/heating, an en-suite wet room, a safety deposit box, LCD TV plus double and single beds. Prices start at £49.00 per night.
When you’re in a busy city, parking becomes an extremely difficult challenge; especially when you have to surrender and park miles away from your intended destination. However, this problem can be solved by renting a car parking space. Just Park offers a service that allows drivers to hire a space for however long you like within a variety of notoriously difficult parking locations, including: Heathrow Airport, Kings Cross, Manchester and Wembley Stadium. Prices are dependent on the owner of the space.
For celebrities, being hounded by flashing cameras and noisy photographers is part of their daily life, but for us normal folk it’s unlikely that we’ll be pursued for snapshots during our day-to-day routine. Alternatively, you could actually become a celebrity for just one day using Celeb 4 a Day. For £1727.36 you will receive six paparazzi, one publicist, a limo and one bodyguard for two hours, after which they disappear.
Anything You Can Imagine.
If you’re not looking for anything specific, Zilok could be your solution to finding the most random rentable items available, including: chainsaws, ball gowns, a cocktail bar and even a chocolate fountain. Prices vary depending on the item in question.