Monday, March 4, 2013

Renting a Moving Truck

The first step is to determine how far you're moving and what size of truck you need. Some rental agencies will charge a flat daily rate, including a determined amount of miles, while others will charge an inclusive rate. Know your mileage and size of truck you'll need before you start your research so you can shop around and compare prices.

Remember, your truck should be large enough to accommodate 10-15% more than what you own. This is just to ensure you're going to have enough room. Too much room is better than too little.

It's also a good idea to determine how long you'll need the truck (how many days), when you want to pick it up and whether it's a one-way or two-way move. Many companies charge a premium price for one-way moves; this is to cover the cost or retrieving the truck.

Familiarize yourself with the truck’s switches and gauges. Properly adjust the side mirrors for maximum visibility.  Give yourself enough time.

Trucks are taller, wider and may weigh up to 10 times more than the average car. Typically, truck rental agreements contain language from the U.S. Department of Transportation, prohibiting the “carrying or hauling of explosives and other dangerous articles.”  That means you should avoid packing flammable items such as paint, chemicals and cleaning materials, flammable solvents, propane, gasoline, etc.  Your rental agent can clarify the list further.

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