Are you thinking of renting your own truck for your move?
Doing so will almost certainly save some money. To put yourself on track for a trouble-free moving day, however, consider a variety of factors:
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1. What Size Truck Is Right for You?
Figure out how large a truck needs to be to fit your possessions. You’ll need to estimate whether it will fit in a cargo van, 10’, 15’, 20’, or 26’ truck (common sizes). To make it simple, many truck rental companies have online diagrams to help.
2. Will The Truck Fit The Location?
Next, consider whether the truck size will fit in the location where you will load and unload it. It’s not only a matter of parking but also whether the truck can access the area. If it doesn’t fit, you may have to make multiple trips using a smaller truck or dolley which can be time-consuming. This is particularly important if you are moving into a major urban city.
Also, some cities might require permits (i.e. parking / street permits) if you need to park the truck on the street.
3. Who Will Drive The Truck?
Look at your driver’s license class and see if that allows you to drive a truck the size you need. Note, the rules and classes vary by state. Do your own research.
4. How Far Are You Moving?
If you’re planning a cross-country or interstate move, it’s likely you will need to work with one of the larger truck rental companies, which might allow you to pick up the truck in one state and drop it off in another. Some smaller truck rental companies might only allow local moves.
The distance you move will also impact your costs. You’ll find there’s usually a daily rental rate along with a cost per mile. Estimate how long it will take to pack up, drive to your location and unload. Ask about pick-up and drop-off times. Then factor in the mileage and gas you’ll use. Tally up and compare the costs of different rental companies.
5. Do You Need Insurance?
First, check with your auto insurance and/or homeowner insurance / renter’s insurance provider and figure out what coverage might be offered for the type of truck and desired move you are planning to do, and what is not covered.
Keep in mind there could be exclusions based on the size of the truck and your specific needs.
After that, you might want to consider purchasing additional supplemental insurance.
6. When Should I Rent the Truck?
Planning a move is both stressful and difficult, so it’s easy to overlook renting a truck until the last minute if you’re doing a DIY move. However, not having a truck when you need one can be disastrous. Plan early and have the truck lined up well before you need it.
Consider the proximity of truck rental location, the availability of trucks, and hours of operation.