The Ins and Outs of Home Depot Equipment Rentals

Home Depot Rentals

Renting tools and equipment from Home Depot is a great way to access the supplies you need for home improvement projects without buying everything yourself. Home Depot offers a wide selection of rental equipment for homeowners and contractors. Here’s a comprehensive guide to Home Depot’s rental services, policies, and pricing.

Overview of Home Depot Rentals

Overview of Home Depot Rentals

Home Depot has over 2200 rental centers across the US and Canada. You can rent everything from essential hand tools to heavy machinery like bulldozers and forklifts. Homeowners will find standard rentals like:

Power Tools

  • Circular saws
  • Drills
  • Sanders
  • Nail guns
  • Pressure washers
  • Concrete saws

Lawn and Garden Equipment

  • Tillers
  • Aerators
  • Leaf blowers
  • Lawn mowers
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Chainsaws

Flooring Tools

  • Carpet cleaners
  • Floor sanders
  • Floor strippers

Painting Supplies

  • Paint sprayers
  • Rollers
  • Brushes
  • Scaffolding

Plumbing Tools

  • Pipe threaders
  • Drain snakes
  • Pipe cutters
  • Trenchers

Meanwhile, contractors can access pro-grade equipment like skid steers, boom lifts, etc.

Rental Rates and Fees

Home Depot rental pricing depends on the item, duration, and location. For example, renting a carpet cleaner for 4 hours may cost $30-60. An engine hoist for the day runs $50-100. Forklifts cost $150-300 per day.

Keep the following fees in mind when renting:

  • Rental rates: The base price to rent an item. Rates increase for longer rentals.
  • Deposits: Refundable deposit is required on most rentals. Typically 10-20% of the item’s value.
  • Delivery fees: $15 and up for delivery of more oversized items.
  • Pickup fees may apply if you don’t return the equipment to the store.
  • Fuel charges: You must return gas-powered equipment with a full tank.

Ask about current promotions or discounts on rental fees when you reserve equipment.

Reserving Rentals

You can reserve both in-store and online:

  • Online: Search availability and reserve at HomeDepot.com/Rental. Pick up in-store later.
  • By phone: Call your local Home Depot store directly to ask about availability.
  • In-person: Visit the tool rental desk at your Home Depot.

Note rental availability is on a first-come basis. Reserving in advance guarantees, you get the equipment you need. Same or next-day reservations are often available.

When reserving, you’ll provide contact/payment details and review rental terms. Reserve your equipment for your entire project timeline, plus buffer time for returns.

Rental Requirements

To rent equipment from Home Depot, you must:

  • Be 18+ years old
  • Provide a valid photo ID
  • Provide proof of address
  • Provide payment via credit card or Home Depot card
  • Review and sign a rental contract

Note that some more extensive equipment, like boom lifts, require proof of insurance and licensed operators. Ask about requirements specific to your rental.

Getting Your Rental

There are a few ways to pick up your rental:

In-Store Pickup

  • Bring your confirmation info and ID to the tool rental desk
  • Complete paperwork and payment
  • The associate will walk you through the equipment operation
  • Load items into your vehicle and go!

Delivery

  • Ensure a clear path for delivery trucks ahead of time
  • Provide gate codes, elevator access, parking details, etc.
  • Review equipment upon delivery and sign paperwork
  • Inspect equipment thoroughly – note any prior damage

Onsite Delivery

  • Available for some large equipment rentals
  • Equipment delivered directly to your job site
  • Ensure the site is accessible for truck delivery

Returning rentals is just as easy, with in-store drop-off or pickup options.

Rental Contract Terms

You agree to their standard rental contract terms and conditions when renting with Home Depot. This covers:

Rental Period

  • Day rentals are for 24 hours
  • Week rentals are for seven days
  • 4-hour minimum for most equipment
  • You pay for all time, including weekends/holidays

Condition of Equipment

  • Inspect equipment thoroughly before use
  • Report any damage or issues immediately
  • Avoid using damaged equipment

Use of Equipment

  • Only use the equipment for its intended purpose
  • Operate safely and legally
  • Comply will all regulations
  • Return equipment full of gas and clean

Liability

  • The renter assumes all risks associated with the equipment
  • You’re responsible for the equipment until returned
  • Must comply with safety guidelines
  • Responsible for any damage outside of normal wear

Make sure to read the complete rental terms and conditions for details. Ask the Home Depot associate if you have any questions.

Damage Waivers

Accidents happen, so Home Depot offers optional “damage waivers” to limit your liability:

  • Covers most damage to the rental equipment itself
  • Reduces your financial responsibility if the equipment is damaged or lost
  • However, it does NOT cover injuries or 3rd party damage
  • Cost is typically 10% – 15% of the rental fee

Damage waivers are optional but recommended for peace of mind. Review your personal insurance policy first to understand your existing coverage.

Tips for a Smooth Rental Experience

Follow these tips for an easy, hassle-free rental:

  • Plan and reserve early
  • Read all rental terms and operating instructions
  • Perform a thorough pre-rental inspection
  • Ask questions – the Home Depot staff is there to help
  • Check that you have the right accessories and supplies
  • Take photos showing the pre-rental condition
  • Handle equipment with care and use it properly
  • Clean equipment thoroughly before returning
  • Refuel and return on time

By following rental policies, safely operating equipment, and securing a damage waiver, you can rent equipment worry-free and complete your projects on time and within budget.

Conclusion

Renting tools and equipment from Home Depot is an affordable, convenient option compared to buying outright. Home Depot offers a vast selection of professional-grade equipment for contractors and DIYers. Be sure to reserve early, read all policies and instructions, and take steps to avoid damage. This ensures the best rental experience and results. With thousands of locations across the US and Canada, Home Depot has the inventory you need right in your neighborhood.

FAQs

What are the requirements to rent from Home Depot?

To rent equipment, you must be 18+ years old, provide valid ID and proof of address, provide payment, and sign a rental contract. Larger equipment may require insurance and licensed operators.

How early should I reserve a rental?

Reserve rentals for popular equipment as soon as possible, even weeks in advance. Availability is first come, first served. Last-minute reservations may have a limited selection.

What if I damage the rental equipment?

You are responsible for any damage outside of normal wear and tear. Consider adding an optional damage waiver to reduce your liability. Damage waivers cover the equipment itself but not injuries or 3rd party damage.

When are Home Depot rental centers open?

Most locations are open daily from 6 AM to midnight. However, hours vary by location – check your store’s hours when reserving. The after-hours return may be available.

What happens if I return my rental late?

If you return your rental past the agreed end date, you will be charged additional fees based on the extra rental time. Avoid late returns and fees by reserving equipment for your entire project schedule plus buffer time.