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    Default renting vs buying

    renting vs buying what is a fair price and is it worth it.$2000-$30=5.5 years

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    It depends on if you want to pay for repairs when they happen or if you want to pay for them a little each month...

    and if you have the initial cash out lay for the up front purchase...

    also how long you may live in the home...

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    Owning is always better than renting for many many reasons. Security is one of the biggest.
    Renting is like putting money in a pocket with big hole.
    Last edited by Cookie; 01-10-2010 at 06:50 AM.

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    You pretty much have to project the total cost over the lifetime of the contract and how long you expect to stay in the home.

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    Few softeners have any problems during the first five year period, and when they do, it is usually more ecomonical to just replace it. That being the case, a new softener in six years or so will be much less than what you are showing for a rental fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimy View Post
    renting vs buying what is a fair price and is it worth it.$2000-$30=5.5 years
    $2000 for a 5 year old softener.... not financially smart IMO.

    Much better is to buy online for like $650-$850 and install it yourself or hire a plumber to do it for a few hundred and when it needs a new part, buy it from many online or local dealers for like $50-$130 and install it yourself.

    Anyone can rebuild a softener if they have the desire and a control valve service manual with parts breakdown. Autotrol, Clack, Erie and Fleck control valves all have one.
    Gary Slusser Retired (= out of business)
    Click Here to learn how to correctly size or program a water softener.
    CAUTION, as of Nov 12 2013 all YouTube videos showing how to rebuild a Clack valve have an error in them that can cause damage.

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