IF you’re looking to make some extra cash, the new year is the perfect time to clear out what you don’t use.
But you don’t have to lose your items for good, according to new research from Confused.com, because you can make a whopping £2,000 just by renting out stuff you own.
You can earn money by renting out items you don’t use, so it’s time to dig through what you’ve got stored awayCredit: Getty
With this in mind, the new year is the perfect time to rummage through unused stuff in storage as you never know what goldmine you’re currently sitting on.
To give you an idea of how much cash you can make, the experts reckon a designer dress can be rented out for £255 each time on average while an old laptop could earn you around £100 a pop.
Naturally, not everyone has a designer dress laying around, we get that, but a bike, camera or tent can earn you a pretty penny too.
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In fact, almost a third of Brits have at least one bike at home, according to Confused.com and 61% have a laptop.
What’s more, 45% own a camera and 30% have a sleeping bag – all of which can easily be rented out when you’re not using them.
There were 23 items on the list of potential items that could earn you some cash – and if you have all 23, that’s a potential £2,000 in your pocket.
Other items making the list include musical instruments such as guitars and keyboards, which could earn you around £50 a pop.
And if you have an old sewing machine passed down from your mum or grandma which is still gathering dust, why not make some money from it – around £16, in fact.
The experts got their data by searching Fat Llama and Hurr Collective – two popular platforms used to rent out home items – and trawled through listings for everything from amps to marquees and guitars to tents.
While tech equipment made up the majority of items listed – with speaker systems making you a potential £201 per item followed by projectors (£114), laptops (£101) and cameras (£88.50) – the list a range of transport and other household items.
Jessica Willock, home insurance expert at Confused.com says: “People around the globe are becoming savvier with their money, but also more sustainable with their shopping.
“Renting out your household items not only reduces the carbon footprint involved with buying something …….