NeighborGoods provides users with another way to find items they need or get more use out of the ones they have. The site gives users a place to list their belongings as available for rent or to borrow. The user is given total control over the terms of the agreement. The user can rent their items for a fee or offer them for free. Users can also choose to rent to friends only or make their items publicly available. The site also gives users the ability to offer those listed as friends free access to the items while all others must pay a rental fee. NeighborGoods facilitates the transaction as a way to help users get more use out of their items and lower the need for extra storage space for unused items. The website has also implemented a neighbor rating system so users can rate those they have borrowed or rented from as well as those they have borrowed or rented to. This allows other users to make good decisions about who they agree to rent to.Show more screenshots »
NeighborGoods.net was founded in May of 2009 by Micki Krimmel. Today, Krimmel is the company CEO. NeighborGoods’ goal is to help communities come together while getting more use out of the items they have sitting around gathering dust. The website seems to do that well, with a number of tools that gives the user total control over who can borrow their items and the terms surrounding the arrangement.
Websites similar to NeighborGoods have been popping up everywhere. Although NeighborGoods does not note any kind of replacement plan or guarantee to protect users from theft or damaged items, the site does implement a number of handy tools to help prevent these problems. Users can rate one another so others can look for bad trends before lending or renting something out. The site also allows users to set up different terms for friends than those they offer to strangers.
The NeighborGoods website has a very friendly, appealing design that features right orange and warm colors as well as a white background. The clever logo is reminiscent of the popular recycling arrows, with houses making up the tips. A large search bar help users look for items in their local area. Google Maps are embedded at the top of the location page so the user can see if anyone that uses NeighborGoods is in their area.
A new user can click the blue “Sign up” link in the top, right hand corner of the website to get started. The user can register through their Twitter, Facebook or OpenID accounts or fill out the registration form presented just below these options. The form is kept short, requiring a username, email address, zip code and password. A note at the bottom of the form advises the user that by submitting their details they are automatically agreeing to the NeighborGoods terms of service and are confirming that they are at least 18 years of age.
NeighborGoods provides its service for free. There are no subscription fees or other costs. The site does not take any commission off of rentals, either, which is a nice bonus for users. Users can spend as much or as little on the site as they like, depending on their renting habits. The site does offer a verification option which costs approximately $5 but is not required to maintain an account. Those who are verified will look more attractive to other users when renting or borrowing.
NeighborGoods is a great tool for anyone who needs an item temporarily. It is intended to help prevent the need to purchase something new when the user only needs it once or twice. The site is also great for users who have items they never use and are willing to lend or rent out.