Your big moving day is now just around the corner and you have finished most of your packing, taken delivery of your PODS storage unit (for the items going into storage) and now it is time to rent a moving truck for those items moving with you to you new home.
As with most things, preparation is key to a successful move. There are a few things you should remember when it comes to renting a truck.
- A well-maintained rental truck is a safe truck.
- A reputable company won’t leave you stranded.
- Be sure you rent the right size truck.
- Read the fine print on your rental agreement.
- Learn about driving your truck.
Make a visible inspection of the truck, make note of any damage or leaks. Make sure anything you find is noted directly on the rental contract. Ask for the maintenance history on the truck. When was the last time the oil was changed? Check the tires and tread depth. Do not accept a rental truck with unsafe tires.
Years ago there was a very popular truck rental business that got into some trouble because of poor maintenance of their fleet. It took many years for them to recover their reputation. Now they are one of the better, more reputable companies around. Shop around, compare prices. Some companies concentrate on long distance moves and others on local moves. Make sure that they will have a road service department that will be open during the times of your move. Being stranded with a truck full of belongings is an experience to be avoided at all costs.
If you rent a truck that is too large for your needs you run the risk of your cargo shifting and possibly damaging your belongings. The larger the truck the more difficult it can be to handle. Rent the smallest truck that will serve your needs. Ask your rental agent for assistance in determining the size you need.
It can never be said too many times, read your rental agreement. Make sure the insurance coverage is discussed and any “extra” charges that might be applied. These could include mileage charges, refueling charges, drop off charges (if driven one way) or equipment charges (dollies, pads, straps, etc.). Make sure these items are noted clearly on the rental agreement. Take the time to read the fine print.
Before you actually begin the move, take some time to familiarize yourself with the rental truck. Find a large, empty parking lot and practice backing up, test your turning radius and really check those brakes. Always make note of your truck’s clearance height and tape that number right on the dashboard in plain view.
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