How Peer to Peer Rentals Work
Let’s face it; you do not use everything you own. Neither do you have everything you need? Some items serve their purpose occasionally, while there are times when you wish you had different items to fulfill your needs then. An example is your mountain bike. You need it when you take your annual leave, but for the rest of the year, it sits in your garage, waiting for your next annual leave. What if you could have everything you needed, and not worry about everything you currently do not need? Better yet, what if you made some money along the way?
Buying all the equipment, appliances, and tools you need is an expensive affair. The fact that you only need them for a season means that it would also be a loss. The emergence of the concept of social peer to peer rentals has made your access to everything you need much easier and more affordable. It turns out you are not the only one in your position. There are many people out there who own items they only need occasionally, and also wish they could access other items they do not own. A collaboration between such individuals ensures that each person gains access to what they needed while providing the others with what they lacked. That is the idea behind peer to peer rentals.
As the owner of our items, your first question would be about the safety and status of your items. No one wants to give out their items, only for them to be returned damaged, or not to be returned at all. There is a structured approach to peer to peer rentals that ensures such disappointments do not arise. You do not simply walk up to a person and exchange items. There is a platform that handles such exchanges in a formal manner. You also do not necessarily have to exchange items with the same person. The structure of the platform is similar to that of a marketplace, where you place your items for viewing, while you also view what is out there, and pick what you need. You can join as a renter, or as a customer looking to rent, or both.
The process is fairly simple. To become a member of the community, you have to first register. In the registration of an owner, you will provide details of the items you have. You then need to specify how much you charge for renting them, how long you are willing to rent them out, and when they are available for rent, along with when you expect them back and at what time. Anyone interested in renting those items will contact you through the platform, state their intention, and wait for your response. If you are comfortable with them renting the items, you will reply with the specifics, and arrange to deliver the items as soon as they make the payments. After the rental period is over, they will return the items in good condition. There is usually a security deposit made along with the rental fees. Once the item is inspected and found to be in good condition, you get the security deposit back in full.
With such a platform in place, and all security and safety measures observed, more people can enjoy using all the equipment, appliances, and tools they ever needed, at a much more affordable rate.