Moving can be a hassle. However, the sooner you begin to put things in place to make your move a success, the better off you will be. If instead of hiring a moving company, you decide to take the challenge to move yourself, one of the first things you should do is rent a moving truck. If you have no idea where to start, we’re here to give you the useful tips that you’ll need. Here’s our list of the 5 things you should know before renting a moving truck.
1. Size Matters
What size moving truck should I get? This is one of the most common questions customers have when it comes to renting moving trucks. Start by doing your research on the company’s website to see what different sizes they offer. If you have a studio apartment or a small 1-bedroom, a 10-foot truck may be sufficient. However, remember that it’s always better to have a truck with too much size than getting one that’s too small. Other common options are 15’, 17’, 20’ and 26’ truck. If you have a large 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom home, it’s always best to opt for a 20 or 26’ truck.
2. You Have to Find the Best Price
I know that we started with size, but it is extremely important that you pay attention to price as well. With so many different truck rental companies on the market for you to choose from, there’s no reason for you to overpay. Do yourself a favor and investigate prices on at least three truck rental websites. Compare and contrast their offers to make sure that you’re getting the best possible deal. If the website is unclear, it may also be worth it to call or drop into some local stores to ask about specials. Remember, the goal here is to save money and get the best possible price without sacrificing quality. So, narrow your options down to three and then bargain hunt. Remember to factor in and asks about things such as toll costs, insurance, fuel and moving supplies. All of these essentials influence the total cost of your truck rental.
3. Driving Can Be a Challenge
If you’ve never driven a moving truck, let us be the first to tell you that it can be difficult. This is especially true if you’re not accustomed to driving bigger vehicles at all. Here are some tips to help you out before you hit the road for your long distance move:
- Bring snacks, create a great playlist and do anything possible to minimize frequent stops
- Adjust the mirrors, add a pillow to the seat, and do whatever it takes to be comfortable
- Bring a friend along to help with driving duties or to be a lookout on the highway
- Stick to main highways and expressways – narrow streets can get dangerous
- Get familiar with the truck in your neighborhood first
4. Packing and Loading Properly is Extremely Important
Before you get ready to drive to your new apartment, you’ll have to spend some time packing and loading the moving truck with your household goods. We can’t stress enough how important this is. Make sure you stack fragile items on top and start with heavy items at the very back of the truck that won’t slide and move around easily. We recommend keeping your jewelry and important documents with you in a backpack or briefcase instead of packing them in a box. Be strategic with your packing to ensure that when you get to your new home you’re not dealing with a bunch of damaged and broken furniture. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with this from a family member or friend. If you become to overwhelmed by it all, maybe you should consider hiring professional movers to do it for you.
5. There Are Different Insurance Options
We hope that you make it to your destination accident free, but it is always smart to know your insurance options. Some common moving truck insurance offers are:
Personal Accident Insurance – This covers you and your passenger if you get injured in an accident.
Limited Damage Waiver – This saves you from liability is the truck is damaged or stolen.
Cargo Insurance – This covers you and your goods from damages caused by natural disasters or accidents during transport.