If you are planning to move, then renting a moving van or truck could save a considerable amount of money. Some people require a one-way moving truck rental that means picking up the truck from one place and dropping it off at another. While others need a two-way moving truck rental that involves picking up and dropping it off at the same city. Renting and driving a moving truck could be as challenging as hiring a mover.
So follow these tips for renting a moving truck:
Timing – During the weekends or peak season, trucks lease out quickly. So, ensure that you book a truck at least one month before the moving day.
Truck Size – Determine the size of moving a truck that you need, based on the number of rooms to be moved. Trucks range in size from 10 feet (for 1-bedroom dwelling) up to 26 feet (for a 4-bedroom dwelling). Most of the rental agency provides a guide for determining the ideal size. Remember, your truck should be large enough to hold 8 – 10% more than what you own.
Get Cost – Make sure to get quotes from at least five rental agencies to find the one that works for you. Some rentals are based on a rate per day or/an hour, while some are based on a rate per mile.
Insurance – Most of the credit card and auto insurance policies do not cover moving trucks, so it is wise to acquire a particular coverage from the rental agency.
Required Documents – The rental agency will need to verify some documents such as driving license, credit card and proof of insurance before renting their truck.
Test your truck – Make sure to take a test drive for at least 20 – 30 minutes, and ensure that the tires are in good shape, and also directional signals, lights, brakes, odometer, windshield wipers, and speedometer are fully operational.
Deposits – Some rental agencies need a credit card deposit, while others will accept a cash deposit.
Questions asked by the rental agency – the Rental agency will ask you for the details of your move like destination, date/time of departure and truck return for their records.
Other tools – Some rental agencies also provide moving dollies and moving pads or blankets that will protect your fragile items and furniture.
Driving tips – If you are driving the truck for the very first time, then consult the following tips to have a safe journey to your destination.
Familiarize yourself with the truck i.e. know the location of all switches and controls, including turn signals, lights, horns, and the windshield wipers.
- Do not drive on parkways.
- Obey all the traffic rules and regulations.
- It is best to drive in the right lane with slow moving traffic.
- Watch out for low bridges and avoid them.