The time has come for you to pack up life as you know it and make a move to a new city. This is an exciting time. A new beginning for you and your family. It can also be stressful, however. Between selling your home, finding a new place to live, enrolling the kids in new schools, and everything else, the process can be overwhelming.
One of the most overlooked details about the moving process, however, is finding the right moving truck. What size truck do you need? How much is it going to cost? How long can you have it for?
A common mistake we see at Lucky Horseshoe Storage is people choosing the wrong moving truck. The process becomes infinitely more complicated when this happens. That’s why we’ve shared our best tips below to help you make the right decision.
What Size Truck Will You Need?
What’s in Your Home?
The first step to figuring out what size moving truck you need is to go through your home and take inventory of how many big pieces of furniture you have. These pieces are going to take up the most space.
Are you moving some place close, or across the country? If you’re staying close, chances are you’ll be packing a little at a time and making multiple trips. For this kind of move, a smaller truck might suffice. If you’re taking everything you own to a new place far away, however, you should err on the side of picking a truck that’s on the larger side so you have plenty of room.
Number of Bedrooms
Another common way to determine the right size of truck for your move is counting the number of bedrooms. Most rental companies will provide you with a guide for the right size truck based on how many bedrooms you have in your home. While this can be useful, it’s only an estimate. If you have excess furniture beyond what the guide , you may want to size up.
Rental companies can also tell you how many cubic feet each truck has. If you want to go about taking measurements of all your belongings, this is a good option. As a general rule of thumb, you can assume that 150-200 cubic feet will be needed for each room that’s fully furnished.
Who Should You Rent From?
There are endless moving truck rental companies out there. How do you go about choosing a reputable one that suits your needs?
Just a quick Google search of moving truck rental companies in your area will yield a long list of results. The Internet is a great place to begin your research as companies will have all of their sizing options and prices available at the click of a mouse.
If you want to make this process seamless, try looking for rental companies that allow you to reserve a truck online and will send you a confirmation email.
As you’re conducting research, be sure to check out customer reviews. Believe it or not, some rental companies are more reputable than others.
Ask Your Family and Friends
There’s nothing better than heeding the advice of people you trust. Chances are, someone in your community has hired a moving truck rental company. Ask them about their experience and if they know anyone else you could talk to. Both good news and bad news travel fast.
Call the Company and Ask Questions
After you’ve compiled a list of companies, give them a call and ask about their services.
Some important questions to consider are: Who will decide on the pickup location? Will the company provide supplies like labels, boxes, and straps? How much do they charge for insurance?
Gaining knowledge of these details will help you narrow your list to a company that fits your needs and is within your budget.
Get a Binding Quote
Once you’ve decided on a rental company to hire, make them aware of the details of your move. It’s important to make sure that all parties are on the same page. Once the details are worked out, get a binding quote. You might be tempted to pay for everything on the spot but don’t.
Now comes the time to ask about other factors that could affect the cost and how they’re calculated. What does the payment schedule look like? Does the company accept credit cards? This is the time to make sure you fully understand all the terms and conditions.
Last comes the contract. Request a copy of the document so you can fully review it before signing.
We understand how complex and stressful the moving process can be. At Lucky Horseshoe storage in Bend, Oregon, we want to make it easy as possible. Renting the right moving truck is an important factor to consider. If you have questions about who to use, or how to go about choosing the right company and truck for your next move, give us a call today. We’d love to hear from you.