What You Need to Know Before You Rent a Moving Truck

What You Need to Know Before You Rent a Moving Truck

Before you move, you will need to decide whether or not you’ll be hiring a full service moving company or simply renting a truck and moving your stuff on your own. However, before you actually rent a moving truck, there are some things you will need to know. Here’s a quick guide.

What size truck do you need?

The size of your moving truck will depend on how much you are moving and how far you are traveling. Some agencies charge a flat day rate while others base their pricing on distance and weight. Many rental truck agencies will also provide an estimate of how many rooms their moving trucks can hold.

How long do you need the moving truck?

Another thing you will need to know before you rent a moving truck is how long you will need it. You should also have an idea of when you want to pick up the moving truck and when you can return it. Will the move be one-way or can you return the truck at the same place you rented it?  Some moving truck rental companies charge a premium for one-way moves.

How many quotes should you get?

Always try and get at least three quotes before renting a moving truck. (The same is true for full-service Moving companies.)  Remember, the cheapest moving truck agency isn’t necessarily the best one for your upcoming relocation. When you interview the movers, get an idea of what is included in the price and if you can get any type of discount. You might be able to save a few bucks.

The moving details

There are certain details the moving truck company will want to know. You can provide this information over the phone or in person. Obviously the moving truck company will need to know the date and time of your move, and will want to know the time of day you plan to pick up the truck and return it. Some moving companies will even ask what type of shipment you will have.

What do you need when you pick up the truck?

On moving day, you’ll need to bring a few things with you to the moving truck company. You’ll need to bring your drivers license and a major credit card (or other form of acceptable payment). You may not necessarily need auto insurance or additional moving insurance, depending on what your current credit card company or car insurance provider states in their policy.

Before signing any agreement

Before you sign the moving truck contract, you need to really take a look at the vehicle. Look for anything that might be considered moderate damage – bumps, dents, scratches, tears, and everything else you might find. The signs of wear and tear should be listed on the inspection sheet.

Just remember, renting a moving truck doesn’t have to be difficult. You just have to be prepared!

Lance Grooms