How To Find Cheap Truck Rentals For Moving
If you plan to make a cross-country move, or simply want to transport large amounts of luggage on a trip or vacation, renting a truck, van or trailer is an easy way to carry your belongings with you. Before you rent, make sure you have determined how much you will need to transport, what you will be using the truck, van or trailer for, and whether or not you will need help.
How Much Do You Need To Transport?
How many items you plan to transport, as well as how much space they will take up is essential to your travel rental. While carrying only a few small bags or boxes will require no more than small cargo or utility trailer, moving from one home to another may require a much larger, and subsequently more expensive, moving truck. By establishing how much room you will need in your truck, van or trailer, you can prevent renting one that is too large, costing you extra money.
- For rentals to transport small cargo, consider renting a cargo van, pick-up truck or trailer that attaches to your own vehicle. These rentals typically range from $20 an hour plus mileage fees to $40 per day plus mileage fees.
- Verify with your local rental company what they charge per rental type, per mile. Companies like U-Haul offer local pricing online, allowing you to check out which options would be best for you.
- If you are moving, take into account how many rooms your home has. Most moving companies list the appropriately sized truck, van or trailer by the number of rooms' worth of cargo they can carry.
- While renting a large truck may seem the safer option for storing your things, renting a truck too large will only cost you money you didn't need to spend.
- Extra small sport trailers work well for vacations, and can be towed behind most cars and trucks for extra luggage storage.
What Do You Need The Truck, Van Or Trailer For?
While you may think that renting a moving truck, van or trailer to your destination, rather than there and back would be a less expensive option, rental companies often charge more for it. Because the rental will need to be returned to its original location at some point, one-way rentals can actually cost the rental company more money, and in turn, raise the price of your rental.
- If you are renting for cargo transport on a vacation, plan to return the rental to the same location you took it from.
- If you are moving a short distance, resist the temptation to return your rental to a closer facility, and instead make the trip back to the original rental company location, saving yourself the additional rental fees.
- If you plan to rent a pick-up truck for travel or moving, car rental companies may provide a better daily rate than moving truck rental companies, which often charge hourly rates.
Do You Need Help Moving Your Belongings?
One of the most expensive aspects of renting a moving truck, van or trailer can actually be the assistance you require loading and unloading it. Consider the following to determine whether or not you will need help moving your things:
- How Much Are You Transporting?
If you are moving several rooms worth of cargo, chances are you will need help loading and unloading boxes and furniture.
- How Far Are You Traveling?
A short move between adjoining cities won't require more than one day. If you plan to travel or move across country, however, the price of a moving company assisting you will dramatically increase with each day.
By determining how much you will need to transport and how long it will take, you can find the best rental company for you. Take into consideration the size of your rental, the amount of cargo space you will need, how far you are traveling and whether or not you plan to return to your original location. Check out various rental company prices online, or by phone, and select the best package for your travel and moving needs.