When moving to a new place, you have to figure out how to move all of your things. Moving trucks are an obvious solution with no shortage of providers, but they’re not always the right solution to the problem. To figure out if you need to rent a truck, use these questions as a guide.
This should be the most obvious question to ask, but it’s easy to overlook. If you’re moving out of a small space and don’t have a lot of large possessions to move, you might not even need the truck. Using your own vehicle or getting help from friends or family may be enough to get you there.
The decision to rent a truck isn’t just about how much you have to move. Consider the following factors:
Given the right situation, you could skip the truck entirely and move things over a bit at a time, with maybe one big day needed for moving the largest items.
If you’re unable to make the move with just the resources you have, it’s time to start looking at the cost of renting from different companies. There’s no shortage of companies, meaning a lot of competition for the lowest prices, but make sure you take any numbers you’re quoted with a grain of salt.
The number you’re quoted from each company can be misleading. You’re going to have a lot of costs that come up along the way, not all of them hidden in the fine print.
You need to look at all these costs, not just relying on the quote for the rental.
If you’re used to small cars, you’re probably going to be thrown off by how big the truck is. It’s not impossible to adapt to, but it’s something you might not be comfortable doing. If you can get friends or family to help you move, they could drive for you, depending on the specifics of the rental agreement.
There’s no one right answer for everyone. If the signs point to yes, talk to your rental company about any additional questions you have and make sure you rent the right truck for your move. In no time, you’ll be trading in your rental truck keys for new apartment keys.