If you’re moving to a new apartment, you’re likely going to need more than your car to transport up all your belongings. Large living essentials like beds, tables, chairs and couches can be transported safely via moving van. But if you’ve never rented a moving van before, here are a few things you might need to know first:
Know Which Size to Rent
There are multiple sized trucks available to accommodate you and your things. If you’re planning on moving lots of big pieces of furniture, you’re going to want a longer truck. But if you only have a few things, you can ask the moving company for their smallest van. Most moving vans range in size from 14 to 26 feet.
Ask About Rates
Get quotes from at least three moving companies. Some charge by the hour, while others may charge by the day, weekend or week. This will help you determine how to plan out your move so that you have to only pay the minimal amount.
Make Your Reservation Early
This is a tip I have come to learn from first-hand experience. My brother and I had thought that we rented a truck a week in advance by filling out an online form. However, the night before we were set to move, we discovered that online applications for moving trucks don’t guarantee you a van. So we were stuck without a truck. Luckily, we called around a few places and ended up getting one at the last minute. The lesson to be learned here? Make your reservation early, and get confirmation that you most definitely will have a moving van waiting for you on the day you’re set to head out.
Get Comfortable with the Vehicle
If you’re used to driving a smart car, the transition to an enormous truck might be a tough one to master. Ask if you can sit in the driver’s seat for a moment to make sure that you feel comfortable maneuvering the vehicle. If not, see if you can ask a friend who has experience with bigger vehicles to drive the truck for you.
Opt for the Insurance
Should anything happen while you or a friend is driving the moving van, you’re going to want some insurance to back you up. It will cover the cost of the vehicle and any belongings of yours that get damaged due to an accident. Even if the insurance ends up going unused, it would still have been a great idea because it probably gave you peace of mind while driving.
Return it in Good Shape
If you enjoyed some drive thru McDonald’s on the way back to the rental truck company, clean up the vehicle and wipe away any crumbs or spillage. If the truck’s not sparkling when it is returned, some companies could hit you with an additional fee. Also, make sure to return it with as much gas as was in the tank when you first drove it away.