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Where Hurricane Sandy's displaced can rent furniture
Chances are, if you need to find temporary housing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, you may need to find furnishings and other necessities as well.
“People who can find an empty home can consider renting furniture,” says Joyce Styne of Laffey Fine Homes in Greenvale, noting principal, Philip Laffey, has provided agents with a quick list of rental companies.
The list includes Cort, a Berkshire Hathaway company with a showroom in Farmingdale; National Rental Services, which is headquartered in Riverhead; and Rent-A-Center, a national company, headquartered in Plano, Texas.
The phones at Cort and National Rental Services have been ringing. “I can’t even tell you how busy we are,” says Cort showroom manager, Maria Boscarino. “Initially, we had an onslaught of calls. It has settled down . . . but we are getting two and three calls per hour.”
Angelo Tarantino, president of National Rental Services, says while his company has received inquiries, too, he thinks “people are still in shock mode.”
With 10 stores on Long Island, Rent-A-Center has a had just a slight uptick in rentals, says spokesman Xavier Dominicis. “We’ve seen a little more activity on bedroom sets and mattresses in western Nassau County and more gaming and electronics on the east side of the Island,” says Dominicis. He surmises the gaming devices have been rented to entertain children who have been out of school.
If you’re in the market to rent, here’s a quick rundown: Most rental companies offer just about any item you need or want, from furniture and linens to appliances and electronics. Typically long-term rentals are more cost efficient than short-term.
Either way, it can quickly become a costly venture, especially for those still paying a mortgage. Some renters may have coverage depending on their insurance policy.
“Before Sandy, if someone had a fire or a flood, their insurance would reimburse them,” says Boscarino. “Sometimes we bill the insurance company . . . It varies as each situation is different.”
“Try to maintain a budget,” Tarantino advises. “Be realistic about the time it is going to take to get back into your house. Contractors are swamped, materials may be in short supply — it all adds up, he notes.