Choosing the right moving truck

admin May 14, 2010 5

It’s nice to want to be able to move yourself when it comes to relocating but there are so many things that you have to take into consideration with a do-it-yourself that it is sometimes better if that you leave it all to the experts. One of the biggest parts of a do-it-yourself move is renting a vehicle.

The size of the vehicle depends on the amount of items that you have in your home. And while there are some companies that would assist you in choosing the right size truck, others won’t do it. So what do you do? You want to be careful not to take a truck that is too small so that your items don’t fit as well as you don’t want to take on a truck that is too big for your items to be sliding around either. Moving experts have devised a great way for you to estimate the type of truck that you should get for the amount of household items that you have.

These estimates are based on the cubic feet size of your home compared to the foot sizes of the trucks rented. So let’s say you are currently moving from a small one bedroom apartment which is around 350 cubic feet then it is recommended that you rent a 10 foot truck. Those with a two bedroom apartment that is close to 750 cubic feet should rent a 15-foot truck while a 3-4 bedroom home boasting 1,250 cubic feet would have enough household items to fit in a 20-foot truck.

Now that the size of the truck is out of the way, you would then have to decide the best time of the year that you should move. If the decision is out of your hands, then you don’t have a choice but to move whenever your landlords give you notice. However, if your moving time period is left up to you, then you should try to book the rental truck as soon as possible. Also keep in mind that the months of May to September are considered peak moving months as that is the time that most people are trying to move as well. In addition, the end of the month is always a busy time to try to rent a truck as most people choose this time of the month to move so as to avoid having to pay their apartment rental for another month.

Finally if you do not have the moving equipment that you need, some of the companies that you rent from would be happy to rent you a few dollies and other moving equipment for a reasonable price of $15 daily. It would also be in your best interest to purchase moving insurance as well, which you can also get from your moving truck rental company.