If you or a loved one has recently begun using a wheelchair or a walker, navigating the steps in your home can become very difficult. You may decide it is time to add ramps to your home to make it more accessible to you or your loved one. Adding a ramp to your entryway stairs can make life much easier, but you may be torn as to what ramp to get, and whether or not it is worth investing in. Modular ramps can be a great solution for homeowners. These ramps can be purchased or rented, depending on the customer’s needs. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of buying vs. renting to help determine which solution is best for your home.
When to Rent
If you have a loved one visiting who is wheelchair bound, it probably makes the most sense to rent a ramp, rather than buying one. Unless your loved one will be visiting for extended periods of time frequently, renting is a good solution, as you won’t need the ramp all the time. Additionally, renting is beneficial if you are in a temporary housing situation. For example, if you are renting your home, or you have listed your home for sale and plan to leave soon, renting is a better solution. Another scenario in which renting is beneficial is if you or a loved one will only be wheelchair bound for a limited time, such as in the case of a rehabilitation or injury. And finally, in hospice situations renting may be a better decision than purchasing a ramp, because you will not need it after your loved one passes.
When to Buy
In some cases purchasing a modular ramp is a better decision for homeowners. If you will be in a wheelchair long term, and living in the same place long term, buying is a better decision than renting. If you have a loved one in need of a ramp who will visit your home frequently, such as a parent who visits several times a week, buying a ramp will save you money in the long run. Purchasing a ramp generally pays off when you are renting for six to eight months or more, as you’ll begin paying more than just buying one when you approach a year of renting. If you or a loved one are in need of a modular ramp to make your home more accessible, we at Freedom Mobility would love to help you determine whether renting or purchasing will best serve you. We can work closely with you to help you decide what makes sense for you financially and practically. To discuss our modular ramp rentals in Maryland call us today or visit our Maryland modular ramp store to meet in person!