Reasons to rent a moving truck

Interestingly, we only find out how many things we have when we start packing them. And if you are planning a DIY move, you should have a vehicle specialized for moves. That vehicle should be big enough for all your belongings. Also, you should be able to transfer your entire household at once. Hence, if you decide to rent a moving truck, you will be able to move house efficiently and fast. Let’s give it some thought!

You are in a control

If you consider local movers, you’ll see they offer portable moving containers and professional relocation services. But in that variety of moving services available nowadays, only a truck rental provides you with one hundred percent complete control over your move. Therefore, for many people, this is the ideal moving option. There are many other benefits that come along for the ride when you rent a truck to handle your move.

All over the country

The good news is that larger moving truck and van rental companies maintain pick-up and drop-off centers in most major cities across the United States. Therefore, even if you move to another state, most companies will have a service center nearby where you can return the truck once you’ve done.

Rent a moving truck that goes under a bridge.
Don’t forget the clearance for all bridges, underpass, es and drive-thrus on the road.

Various truck sizes

If you don’t have so many items to transport, you can save money by renting a smaller moving truck. Most companies offer trucks with a range of capacities. Therefore, finding one to fit your items comfortably is usually easy. If you choose the correct size truck, you’ll save money and your items will be snugly packed for safe transport. Plus, make sure the truck is large enough that your move can be successfully managed in one trip.

Vehicle transportation

With a moving van rental, getting your vehicle to your new home is easy and it won’t cost you a dime. This is very good news for first-time movers. All rental trucks have a ball socket that can accompany a vehicle trailer. With this in your mind, you can tow your vehicle to your new home while cutting costs. You will save money on fuel, tolls and other costs related to driving in separate vehicles.

Although it’s more convenient for a local move, truck rental can be a great choice for long-distance moves as well. You will cut down on repeated trips and consequently save you time and energy.

Green move is the best move

If you’re interested in doing your part for the environment, we have great news! You should know that many companies offer you to rent a moving truck powered by diesel. Using this fuel, the truck can travel farther while using less when compared with gasoline. Also, rental truck companies mostly maintain late model trucks. Consequently, this means cleaner running engines with fewer emissions and improved fuel economy.

Choosing your truck

First of all, you should determine what size moving truck you need. So, make sure to check the company website for details on all of the different sizes they offer. Before you rent a moving truck, you’ll need to take into account the size of your household. Most companies offer everything from smaller 10-foot trucks for studio apartments to larger 26-foot trucks capable of holding over four bedrooms worth of belongings. And don’t underestimate just how much stuff you have. Items always end up taking up more room than expected. Hence, make sure it has at least 10 percent more room than you think you’ll need.

Boy with hat and his hands on the wheel.
Before hitting the road, take a little time to familiarize yourself with the truck.

How do you drive this thing?

Be aware that driving a moving truck can be tricky, especially if you’ve never driven a large vehicle before.

  • Before hitting the road, take a little time to familiarize yourself with the truck. Get to know all of its nuts and bolts. Adjust the mirrors, try the windshield wipers, and turn the lights on and off.
  • You should have in mind that most moving trucks do not have a backseat. Hence, it’s best to keep the passenger count at two. Only some of larger moving trucks may accommodate three people.
  • Once you rent a moving truck, you should be prepared to make much larger turns than you normally make in a regular car.
  • Since moving truck is a large vehicle, it’s not a good idea to drive down narrow, winding roads. Try to stay on the main roads and plan your route accordingly.
  • Don’t forget the clearance for all bridges, underpass, es and drive-thrus on the road. You don’t want to get stuck under a bridge or cause some damage to the truck.
  • Remember to keep your distance from other cars. When you’re driving a monster moving truck, you really shouldn’t tailgate other cars.
  • Respect the speed limit and obey traffic laws. 

Show me the money

Beside the control DIY moving gives you, lover moving costs are the second biggest reason why people decide to rent a moving truck. Companies will take into account the size of the truck you rent, as well as the duration and a distance of the move.

However, you should be aware of unexpected moving costs that may not be rolled into the quote. That include insurance costs, additional fuel, moving supplies, and add-on accessories. One of such expenses that many people forget about are toll costs. If you’re planning a long-distance move, and a highway-required drive, you’ll need to keep all toll costs in mind. Many people forget to take this into account when calculating the cost of their move. If you’re planning to rent a very large moving truck, 10,000 pounds or more, you will need to stop in at several weight stations along the way. Therefore, make sure to check with the rental truck company where to find these stations on major highways and to ask for all the additional fees.

Vehicles on a highway moving.
Try to stay on the main roads and plan your route accordingly.

Don’t forget the insurance

Depending on your auto insurance, you and your items may be covered while in the process of moving. But if your policy doesn’t offer this benefit, truck rental agencies offer a range of different coverage options. Hence, you can choose the one that best fits your needs and budget. Beside the auto or homeowner’s insurance you already have, this one will additionally cover any possible damage. Different types of truck rental insurance include Damage Waivers, Supplemental Liability Insurance, Personal Accident and Cargo Insurance and Auto Tow Protection.

Hopefully, this article has inspired you to rent a moving truck and gave you an idea where to start. Good luck!

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