Moving is a big task. There are so many different things to consider that it can be hard to keep up with everything. Having a moving truck, of course, is a must. You can choose to do the heavy lifting yourself and invest in moving truck hire, rather than hiring full-service movers, to save money. If you’re considering hiring a moving truck, here are six tips to help you along the way:
Tip #1: Get a detailed estimate of everything you pay for.
Some rental companies will offer all-inclusive truck hire that includes any mileage charges, daily fees, and other costs. Others will charge a rate for the truck hire and then require additional fees for mileage and/or hourly usage. If you are going to need equipment along with the truck, ask for costs on all of those things. A furniture and appliance dolly is always good to have, and should only add a few dollars to the cost of the truck hire.
Tip #2: Rent the biggest truck you can.
Often, truck hire services will have their trucks grouped into flat rate price categories. This means you might be able to get a 26-foot truck for the same price as a 24-foot truck. If you’re paying the same price anyway it helps to have the extra room. It’s always difficult to gauge how much space you will need for your belongings.
Tip #3: Compare apples to oranges for the best rates.
It might seem like the all-inclusive rental service has the best rates, but that may not actually be the case. Depending on how far you are moving and how long you need the truck, a la carte hire might be a better option. Get a breakdown estimate from a few different moving companies and see which one offers the most affordable moving solution.
Tip #4: Make sure that you have the right insurance.
If you don’t have proper insurance for a truck hire, you could end up spending a lot of money to repair damages, pay medical bills, or replace your personal belongings. Compare the insurance available at the rental counter and see what your own insurance cover offers. Even if you buy all of the additional insurance available, it will be a nominal cost compared to replacing one of their trucks.
Tip #5: Watch for “or similar” disclaimers in your rental.
A lot of moving truck hire services will save themselves inventory by renting similar class vehicles and making substitutions when necessary. If you need a small truck, as opposed to a cargo van, make sure that you are getting a truck. If a company cannot guarantee the exact truck that you need, consider looking elsewhere.
Tip #6: Choose a company with newer, well-running vehicles.
Feel free to ask a rental service how old their vehicles are and what condition they are in. After all, you will be travelling in this vehicle and want to ensure that you are safe. Don’t save yourself a few pennies by renting a clunker, because it likely won’t be worth it in the end.
Now that you know what to look for, moving truck hire should be a breeze.
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