Things to Know Before Renting a Moving Truck
Congratulations on your upcoming move. If you’re in the market for a moving truck, chances are you’ve already completed the most important step in making a move, finding your new place! But the real nuts and bolts of moving are getting your furniture and other belongings to your new home, and that’s where renting a moving truck can come in handy. Below are a few things to keep in mind when renting your vehicle.
What Size Truck Will You Need
The best estimate to determine the size truck you’ll need is based on the number of rooms you’ll be moving. Below is chart to help out.
|Truck Size||Number of Rooms||Cubic Feet of Truck Space|
|10 Foot Truck||One-bedroom or Studio apartment||350 cubic feet|
|15 Foot Truck||Two-bedroom apartment||750 cubic feet|
|20 Foot Truck||Three- to four-bedroom house or apartment||1,250 cubic feet|
|25 Foot Truck||Five to eight bedrooms||1,550 cubic feet|
When you estimate your truck size needs, keep in mind it’s better to have a little extra space as opposed to not enough. If you run out of truck space, this will require multiple trips, which will make the move take longer and could cost extra money if you’re paying for the truck by mile. If you’re still unsure of what size truck you need, try contacting a moving company for an estimate. They should tell you how many cubic feet you’ll need for all of your belongings.
Find a Company and Make a Reservation
Now that you know what size truck you need, you’ll need to find a truck rental company and make a reservation. Don’t forget to check with car-rental companies and even home-improvement stores, in addition to traditional moving truck rental companies. Most company’s charge for the rental by the number of days you’ll need it, by the number of miles driven or a combination of the two. Make sure you look at each estimate with this in mind. The truck rental company will need the following information to give you a quote and reserve a vehicle
- Your moving date
- The size moving truck you need
- A major credit card number to hold the reservation
- Whether your move is one-way (out of town) or local
Moving truck companies are busiest at the beginning of the month and during the summer season. Beat the rush and ensure you get the date and truck you want by reserving early.
Helpful Moving Truck Accessories
When you make your rental truck reservation, you can also rent additional supplies like furniture pads, dollies, and furniture movers. You may think you don’t need them, but these inexpensive accessories can make your move a lot easier. Using a dolly for large items can help save your back, which in turn can give you more energy to finish your move faster.
Returning the Truck
Once you’re finished with your move, you’ll need to return the rental truck. Make sure you know the answers to the following questions before you start moving. If you don’t, you could end up costing yourself a ton of money, which would defeat the purpose of moving yourself:
- Where do you need to return the truck?
- What time do you have to return the rental before it counts as another day?
- Does the gas tank have to be full before you return it? Some companies will fill it up for you, but keep in mind they may charge two or three times more per gallon than if you do it yourself.