You’re at the Wheel
Renting a moving truck and doing the move themselves has been a popular option for people who want to move house. Moving your things yourself gets things done cheaper but with the same results, at the cost of some gas and elbow grease. However, moving house is not something that people typically do on a regular basis, so it’s expected that you’re not very familiar with renting a moving truck.
This article covers some tips and tricks on how to rent a moving truck, how to make the most of your money and generally how to get things done smoothly.
Consider Your Needs
It’s best if you sit down for a bit beforehand and list just how much you will have to move. A good estimate would be to allot three to five feet of truck space per room that you want to transfer. Once you have a general estimate of how much space you’ll need, it would be easier to decide on the dimensions of the moving truck that you’ll have to rent. Once you have made your choice in terms of the type of moving truck you need, do the next step.
Do Some (Comparison) Shopping
Most rental companies already have websites or phone-in customer service, so this shouldn’t be too hard. Once you’re done with the previous tip, call, email or browse around and ask for price quotes from different moving truck rental companies. Quotations from five to seven companies should be enough to give you an idea of the going rate. Don’t forget to ask for conditions, requirements and promotions that they might have. Moreover, ask around for recommendations from friends or family on which company has reasonable rates.
Get Your Moving Papers Organized
Be meticulous about all the paperwork before and after the truck is rented. You’ll need to prepare things such as proof of your age or a driver’s license if you intend renting a moving truck.
Contracts are also a staple of transactions of this kind, so be sure to keep track of all of them; the contract between you and the moving truck rental company, the contract between you and the motor insurance company and the contract between you and the insurance company covering the things you’re moving are just some of the pertinent contracts that may be involved in your move. Keeping all such contracts organized will make it easier to process your transaction or to settle disputes if there are any.
Check out Your Route
Map out your route and see if any of the places where you’ll pass have restrictions on vehicle type, size and weight. It’ll be vexing if you’re passing by an area and it turns out that vehicles past a certain weight class (which may include your rental truck) aren’t allowed to use the road.
Renting a moving truck isn’t something you do regularly, so it’s a good idea to follow the tips above in order to have as smooth a move as possible.