As you prepare for an upcoming move, you may decide to take on the relocation challenge by yourself. While it will require you to do more heavy lifting, some people feel confident they can pull off a move by themselves and can save some money in the process. Unless you only have a few boxes, you will probably need to rent a moving truck to get your belongings to your new home. If you decide to go this route, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure you reap the rewards of a DIY move.
You should do a little research before booking a truck for your move. In addition to comparing prices, you will need to ensure the rental company has the correct size truck you need. You should learn all pertinent information and make sure you choose a rental company that fits your needs and schedule. Particularly if you are moving on a weekend or during the peak moving season, you will want to make sure that you will have the right size truck available to you come moving day. It is also never too early to reserve your truck. Some rental companies may even offer you an early bird discount for securing your rental well in advance. Even if you do not get a discount, you will still have the piece of mind that you will have the right size truck on the right day.
You will also need to figure out the rules governing the return of the truck after you are finished with it. Some companies are more flexible on time or have multiple locations. Others will require the truck be back at the location you picked it up or by a certain time. Hefty late fees can be charged if you do not return the truck to the correct location or by the correct time. You should research these rules and make sure that you do not lose money because you returned the truck late. Additionally, when you plan your move make sure you factor in the time it will take to not only move your belongings, but the added time needed to return the truck. You do not want to forget about the truck and the deadline to get it back, or be racing across town to return the van.
Many rental companies will require the truck to be returned in a certain condition. If a truck needs to come back clean or with a certain amount of fuel in it, you will want to know these rules before you enter into the rental agreement. You must follow these guidelines when returning the truck because most companies will charge extra fees if the truck needs to be washed or refueled up after you return it. These extra charges can add up quickly and can eat into the money you were hoping to save by renting the truck and moving yourself.
When you pick up the truck you will want to inspect it before driving off. If you notice any marks or wet spots, you should make sure that these are noted with the company before you take possession of the truck. You do not want the rental company coming back to you with fees because the previous renter did not clean it properly. You should notify the company and document any spots or marks to protect yourself from fees. Inspect the vehicle to make sure it is in good working order too. You do not want a truck that is damaged and could potentially break down mid move.
Everyone wants to save money when they move. If you are up to the challenge, you might be able to help your bank account by moving yourself instead of hiring a moving company. When renting a moving van to perform your move, make sure that you know what you are getting into as well as the rules that govern your rental so you don’t get slapped with fees.