Getting the Best Deal on Truck Rentals
A lot of companies now offer moving truck rentals, which makes it easier than ever to save on moving expenses. If you're willing to do the work yourself or enlist family and friends to help you, a truck rental can be much more cost-effective than hiring a full service moving company. As with any relocation, though, renting a truck and moving yourself requires a lot of planning. Truck rental companies are usually booked on the weekends and at the beginning and end of most months, since that's when most people move. They're also generally busiest between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So you'll want to book your truck a month or so in advance if you plan to move during peak times. If you wait too long, you might find yourself out of luck on moving day.
If you're looking for discount truck rentals, you'll need to compare rates from a lot of truck rental companies. Many run specials -- especially at off-peak times -- so don't assume one company is always going to be the least expensive. But before you compare, you'll need to pin down the dates you're willing to move and also know the size of the truck you require. The more flexible you are about the date, the more chance there will be that discount truck rental packages available. To determine the truck size, follow these general guidelines:
- Cargo van: studio apartment
- 12- to 15-foot truck: three rooms or less
- 20-foot truck: four or five rooms
- 24-foot truck: six, seven or eight rooms
Truck rentals are based on a flat rate per day or a per-mile rate, or a combination of the two. They're also are available on a round-trip or one-way basis. For local moves, you might be better off with a round-trip flat rate, although you need to compare actual prices to ensure that's the best deal for your circumstances. If you're moving out-of-state or over a long distance, one way truck rentals are probably your best bet. The pricing for these is based on the availability of trucks at the point of origin and the demand for trucks at the destination, and the size of the rental company's network.
If you have time before you book, you might want to inspect the trucks from the company you'd like to rent from. If the vehicles look beat up, consider paying more for better quality. You don't want to have problems caused by the truck breaking down on moving day! Likewise, you don't want to end up paying for damage to the truck should something happen to it while in your possession. So be sure that it's properly insured, either through your insurance company or a separate policy purchased through the truck rental company.
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