Moving Trucks 101: Things to Keep in Mind

Once all of the boxes are full, you are going to need somewhere to put them. The moving truck is where all of the boxes are going to go in order to get them to your new home. You might think that you can save yourself some money by skipping the rental truck and trying to make several trips using your friends SUV, but the truth is that can be risky and very time consuming. Odds are to make the move as easy as possible you are going to rent a moving truck. Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to keep the rental process as easy as possible.

Pickup and Return Times

One of the most important things about your rental truck is being there to pick it up on time, as well as making sure that you return it on time. Not being there at the designated pickup could mean that the truck you rented was given away to someone else. While most companies will give you some wiggle room on the pickup time, you may find yourself having to settle for a much smaller (or larger) truck if you are not on time.

Late return usually involves additional costs. Sometimes those costs can be very large. Make sure to avoid them by giving yourself plenty of time to complete your move and double checking to see when your rental return time is.

Don’t Forget the Mileage

Sure, it may only cost 19.95 to rent the truck, but what is the cost per mile? Mileage is where the real costs add up. You might think you are saving money by picking the least expensive advertised rate, but many companies make up for this by overcharging mileage costs.

Shop around to different rental companies to see what their mileage charges are. In order to get an accurate estimate of the move, use a web-based mapping system to find out how many miles the move is going to be then using that figure out the costs involved. You may be surprised to find the more expensive flat rate up front is much cheaper than the per mile rate.

Reserve Ahead of Time

Do not wait until the last minute to reserve your truck. Not only will this end up costing you more, you may have to compromise on the size of the truck. Too small of a truck and you will need to make multiple trips. Too large and you may end up damaging your things or overpaying for way too much space.

Hire a Professional

You may find in the long run that the most cost effective plan is to just hire a moving company to do the work for you. Hiring professionals will save you both time and effort when you move. If you are ready to contact professionals for your Ottawa move, then give Total Move Management a call today!

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