Last week we discussed the next five tips when renting a moving truck or choosing a full service moving company. Here is a brief recap: 6) Ensure there are no mechanical issues with the moving truck. 7) The last 10 days of June, July, and August are the most busiest rental days of any moving facility. 8) Watch out for extra charges such as “Flight Charge” or “Long Carry”. 9) Don’t sign off on the receipt for the move of your possessions until after you’ve inspected them for damages. 10) Check ahead what insurance options you should pursue, or are already covered for. Here are the four final, and most important tips when it comes to renting a moving truck:
11. Having the correct moving supplies and tools will help make your packing, unpacking, and moving more efficient and easier. A hand truck or dolly is almost always a necessity. It will help you when lifting heavy objects and relieve stress from your pack. It will also help you speed up the moving process by being able to carry more possessions on each trip to and from the moving truck. If you’re moving furniture or other delicate pieces, furniture pads will protect your furniture from any dings or scratches that can occur during the move.
12. If you’re planning to hire a full service moving company to handle your possessions for you, make sure to find a company that is specialized in site-to-site relocation; because they have the most experience in moving your possessions long distances with care. Inquire about their options that will fit into your budget.
13. If you’re going to rent a moving truck to drive yourself, make sure to inquire about the driver requirements, and age requirements of the moving truck rental company. The policy is different at each moving truck rental company. Some will let you put multiple names down to allow different drivers, while others only permit one person to be the driver of the truck. Some companies require the driver to be at least 25 years old, while others allow the person who’s going to drive the moving truck to only be at least 18 years old. Nothings more stressful than finding out you’re ineligible to drive the moving truck after you already rented it.
14. Finally, educate yourself before renting a moving truck or hiring a full service moving company. Though these tips are very helpful, there’s plenty of more information out there you should read up on before moving your possessions. Some no-name brand moving companies will try to cheat you or squeeze extra money out of you with extra charges, bogus estimates, or unlawful practices. They wouldn’t want you to know some of these tips, but now you’re educated. A very useful and resourceful website to find more information or help if you do become cheated by a moving company is: https://www.protectyourmove.gov/
It’s a government website with a lot of resources, information, and who to call in case you have problems with your move.
There you have it. The top 14 tips to know before renting a moving truck or hiring a full service moving company. Hopefully with this extra knowledge, choosing how you will move your possessions will be less daunting and stress free.