How to Get the Most Out of Moving Truck Rentals

How to Get the Most Out of Moving Truck Rentals

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If you’re moving by yourself or with the help of friends or family, it stands to reason that you’ll want to rent a truck. If you do, of course you’ll want to find the best deal on moving rental trucks. But not all moving truck rentals are the same, because each truck rental company has different rules. So it pays to know what to look for when making comparisons. You’ll find that one way truck rentals (trucks picked up at your starting point and dropped off at other branches of the same rental company) are more expensive. This is because more work is involved for the rental company to get trucks back to their original location. Sometimes you can save money by having a trusted friend or family member return the truck for you. But that isn’t always less expensive, so you need to compare the actual costs for one-way rental trucks to the gas and other expenses involved with getting round-trip rentals back to their home base.

To keep rental truck costs low, always plan ahead and know what size truck you’ll need. Inspect any truck rentals you’re considering in advance, so you’ll know if all your furniture will fit and the truck’s capacity will allow you to make just one trip. This will save you the hassle of having to upgrade to a larger truck at the last minute or make additional trips to and from your destination.

On the day of the move, make sure to load the largest and heaviest items against the wall closest to the front of the truck. This will give them some support, so they’ll be less likely to shift in transit. And you can help keep the truck balanced by placing heavy objects of relatively the same weight on opposite sides. If you’ll be disassembling any of your furniture or other large items, always fasten the related pieces together. These disassembled pieces and long items should go into the truck right after the heaviest objects, followed by the largest and heaviest boxes. Lighter boxes should go on top of the heavier ones, and any fragile or irregularly shaped items can go on last.

If all your careful loading doesn’t prevent damage to the inside of the rental truck or you get into an accident while driving it, you’ll want to make sure you’re adequately insured. Nothing can blow your budget like having to pay for a damaged truck that you don’t even own. If your regular car insurance policy won’t cover you, you can purchase separate coverage that applies only to the period that the truck will be in your possession.

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