Once you’ve gotten through all that the house-hunting and mortgage-processing process entails, the physical task of moving probably seems like it will be easy, by comparison — and we truly hope it will be! But we have a few tips for you, in order to help avoid common pitfalls and give you a greater chance of a smooth, hassle-free move that costs you no more than it really needs to cost. One of the tasks involved in moving – for those who plan to move themselves – is to rent a moving truck. By planning ahead, you can avoid unnecessary hiccups on moving day, allowing your transition to go as smoothly as possible.
Plan Ahead for Size
When it comes to size, always err on going with the higher size. Usually the cost difference between different sizes of trucks will not be significant; however, the hassle of having to make an unexpected second trip or the pain of parting with items that won’t fit can be extreme. A truck rental company can help you estimate which size vehicle you will need. If you are just moving across town and plan to make multiple trips back and forth over a couple days, a smaller truck is usually fine. If, however, your move is 6 hours or more away, you’ll probably want to minimize trips to just one. For a one to two-room place, a 12-foot truck may do the job. If you are moving out of a larger place, consider a 16-foot truck, instead. Of course, the further you’re moving, the more significant an extra trip will be, so when in doubt, go bigger than you think you’ll need.
Plan Ahead for Price
As you shop around for a moving truck, you should know that many truck rental companies will charge a daily fee as well as a per-mile fee. It will also vary, depending on the day of the week and time of year as well as the destination (i.e. locations with higher demand for rental moving trucks will cost different than locations with a lower demand for rental moving trucks). If you want to save money, you might want to be open to moving on a weekday instead of a weekend. And it never hurts to ask about discounts!
Plan Ahead for Safety
In addition to size and price, you want to consider safety as you take a look at various moving trucks. Part of safety considerations is making sure you’re comfortable driving the size of moving truck which you plan to rent. Try sitting in the driver’s seat and taking a good look at the size before you commit. (If you’re not comfortable driving such a large vehicle, you may want to consider hiring a moving company or asking a friend or family member to be the driver, instead.)
In addition, you’ll also want to plan ahead by mapping out the correct route and even printing it out, so you won’t have to look down at your phone as you drive an unfamiliar vehicle. Set up a portable GPS unit in the rental truck for when you drive it, or rent one of the moving company’s GPS units to minimize your stress while driving on unfamiliar highways. You might also want to try driving the route ahead of time, looking out for any low bridges and checking to make sure no roads on your planned route are closed. The day you rent the truck, you may also want to try driving it around in an open parking lot before loading the truck to help you get a better feel for how the truck handles.
The Nicholas Insurance Agency, led by Greg Nicholas, is a family owned business serving the York county, Pennsylvania region. Offering exclusively Allstate insurance products, the Nicholas Agency provides auto, homeowners, rental and landlord insurance as well as life & disability, recreational vehicle, motorcycle and personal liability insurance. For more information, visit our two York, PA locations at Westgate Plaza or York Marketplace or call us at (717) 764-2024.