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Before You Rent a Moving Truck, Here’s What to Know

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There are a number of logistical issues to tackle when planning for a move. After finding the perfect home within your new city or state, the next thing on your moving to-do list is planning the actual move itself. For most people, renting a moving truck and driving it themselves to a new location makes a lot of sense, both time and money-wise. However, renting a truck for your long distance trek requires a lot more effort than simply hiring a cross country moving company (which you can easily do here). Before you embark on the process of moving yourself, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

How Much it Will Cost

Moving out of state is expensive, even when you opt to do-it-yourself. The first thing you will need to consider is the cost of renting a moving truck. Your best bet is to get at least three different quotes from companies that rent trucks. Before you call around for quotes, make sure you’ve thought through how large of a truck you’ll need to accommodate your belongings. Then, make sure you understand what the quoted prices include (allowed mileage, rental of moving dollies, etc.); the last thing you want is hidden or unexpected fees popping up on the final bill. Also keep in mind is that the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. You want to rent from a reputable company that takes care of its fleet of trucks for your personal safety and that of your belongings. While there are some companies that will charge you a flat day rate for your move, others will base their price on moving distance and the size of the truck needed.

Information You’ll Need to Provide

Moving truck companies will want to know specific details about your move before renting out a truck. Common questions include:

  • What time do you intend to pick up the truck?
  • How long you intend to keep the truck?
  • How far will you be traveling?
  • How much furniture you have?
Plan out the cost and information needed when renting a moving truck.

Plan out the cost and information needed when renting a moving truck.

Although different moving companies will ask different questions, you will always be required to provide your driver’s license. Some may also require additional auto insurance. You will also need to identify anyone else who will be driving the truck and provide their licenses as well. Most companies allow up to four different drivers (especially for long distance moves).

Other Details to Consider

There are many other little details that need to be considered when renting a truck. One of these includes buying or renting additional moving equipment, such as dollies, straps, and pads. This equipment ensures an easier and safer move as you pack and ship your own belongings. Other concerns include crossing a state line with a rented truck, where to return a truck after it’s used, knowing how to contact roadside assistance in emergencies, and calculating additional costs such as road tolls and gas.

All of this information will come in handy when you’re looking to rent a truck for your big move. Just remember to take your time in finding the rental company that will best fit your needs. DIY moving can be a great, affordable alternative to hiring a professional moving company.

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