In an effort to cut down on costs when moving, many people think renting their own moving truck is the solution. Where a DIY move can be a little more flexible, it doesn’t always save you time, money or your sanity. Investing in professional services for your move ultimately can reward you with plenty of benefits. At this time, we at Good Time Moving & Storage would like to elaborate on what you can expect renting your truck for a move.

How Do I Estimate My Truck Size for Moving?

When renting a truck for your long-distance move, you will notice the various sizes available. Before signing on the dotted line, you will need to figure on the size of the home, the number of bedrooms, the volume of furniture and so on. Most moving companies have specialists that will give you an estimate on the cost of moving based on your home’s size and the amount of stuff. Under-estimating your belongings can pose a major issue when it comes to the moving day. Additionally, when driving particularly over a long distance, you do not how well maintained the moving truck is, how it will handle tight spots, weather conditions, poor roads, and other conditions. If you still feel renting is best, be sure to find out what condition the truck is in, especially mechanically, tires, and so on for a safe drive.

Why are Moving Trucks So Expensive to Rent?

When renting the truck, most companies tally up the cost based on the size of the truck, the distance you intend to travel, insurance, fuel cost, and other moving accessories they may feature with the different truck options. Not only will this fee go towards the moving rental truck company, but the insurance is minimal, so most would want buy extra insurance, tolls, fuel, and other costs with driving the vehicle yourself will also be added to the cost of your moving. Larger moving trucks will also be placed at several weight stations along the way, continuing to assess more fees. Moving professionals figure the cost of transporting belongings and avoid adding hidden fees. Most find the professionals to transport your possessions to be cheaper in the long run.

Driving a Moving Truck is Difficult

Driving a big truck can be tricky and if you do not any experience driving these bulkier trucks, the trip will likely be challenging. Below are a few tips on driving a big moving truck if you insist:
1) Familiarize yourself with the truck. Before getting on the road, make sure the mirrors are adjusted, know where the windshield wipers control is, the lights, bright lights, and fog lights, along with the cab lights. Make sure everything is working properly before setting off.
2) Keep the passenger count low, as there is not even a backseat in most trucks and they can typically hold 3 people including.
3) Anticipate making wider turns in a bigger truck, they require more space to make turning successful.
4) Avoid narrow and winding roads, stick to the main road where ever possible to avoid potential hazards.
5) Be aware of the clearance under bridges and parking garages, as well as drive-thru dining while you drive the truck.
6) Do not forget the driving distance as well as the bigger trucks require more time to stop and there is no room for tailgating habits.

Moving Truck Insurance

We mentioned insure with your moving truck. It is always in your better interest to purchase supplemental insurance coverage in case some unforeseen event transpires. You can discuss all of your options with your insurance agent.

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At the end of the day, if you want to handle all of the packing and unpacking and simply take advantage for a professional mover to transport your stuff, it is safer for you, and more beneficial. Call Good Time Moving and Storage today to discuss your moving options.

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