Get the Most Bang out Your Dollar when Moving
It’s a fact of life: moving is rarely as cheap or as simple as we’d like it to be.For that reason, lots of people assume that renting a truck and recruiting some volunteers is the easiest and best way to go when it comes to relocating from one home to another, but when it comes to long-distance moves, that couldn’t be further from the truth.Here at Recommended Movers, we know a thing or two about saving a few bucks during a move,and we’ve got some knowledge to drop about what that DIY move really costs.
Here is a quick look at some tips on the how to get the best rate on a rental truck.
1. Timing is important!
The early bird gets the worm (or in this case can save thousands of dollars! ) and like airfare, travel, or any other type of transport or reservation service typically the earlier you do it the better the rate is that you receive. Seasonal rentals also play a huge factor in truck rental rates. In summer time the cost to rent a moving Van can rise as much as 200% and their is often a scarcity of trucks.
Plan Early and also their are a ton of options for moving Trucks so don’t solely focus on the big boys like uhual.com , Budget.com , Penske.com and Enterprise.com. Ryder is often a good choice in many regions because of their aggressive rates .
2.What that do-it-yourself really costs you
Let’s say you really, REALLY want to rent that do-it-yourself moving truck and drive it on your own.Sure, no problem. But… have you ever driven one before? Across state lines? Across multiple state lines?Can you ensure its safety in a hotel parking lot each night? And by the way, how much are those hotel nights with all their add-on fees going to cost you in the end because you cant forget meals, fuel, and incidentals while you’re on the road, as well as one-way fees (which can reach into the thousands) for returning the truck to a different location than its origin.These things add up; be sure to plan in your budget as you’re planning that route and make sure a hiring a recommended mover isn’t actually a better option.
The most important thing to ask yourself, though, is whether or not you’ve got the right amount of stuff for a DYI option.That 3-4 bedroom house in the ‘burbs you’re moving out of is bigger than you think? It will probably take two trucks(and therefore two trips) to pack it all in and get it to its new home.So unless you’re perfectly willing to ask someone else to drive half your life’s belongings on an extended road trip with you(or, conversely, make the trip back and forth yourself twice), you might get more of a headache than you bargained for… and really, that’s no bargain at all but just a whole lot of grief.
One final thing to remember: if you’re towing your car behind a rented moving truck,there’s the issue of backing up. When you pull into hotels, rest areas and gas stations,things might get a little tricky. Make sure you’re up to the challenge (and ready to pay for damages) before you get yourself into a situation you can’t back out of. Pun intended. LOL
3. How about those PODS
PODS are a great option for a lot of people who are willing and able to load up the PODS themselves. The PODS gives the client the luxury of having the time to Load it at their discretion and they often have days if not weeks to do so depending on the deal made with the POD company. Also they will be able to use the POD for storage and if their new home is not ready for occupancy. This is also very convenient for many families. However if you are not up to loading up that POD which means stacking items correctly and blanket wrapping furniture to insure that they do not get stuffed well you may be in over your head. Legs should be removed from tables, sofas and Beds and other furniture items should be disassembled so keep all these things in mind or else your POD can arrive full of a pile of damaged junk and where is the savings or convenience in that?
Don’t forget that most moves happen during summer before the new school year starts. As a result, most POD and truck companies are extremely busy during this season and book early just like Movers. Failure to plan the move beforehand can leave you scrambling and you will end up paying a higher premium and you don’t need me to tell you what that will do to your stress levels!
4. Not setting aside enough time for Loading
If you are renting a truck or using a POD the amount of time you have with the truck or POD is finite. Now if you underestimate how long it will take to load up that 3 to 4 bedroom home in your 26 foot box truck or you can’t fit everything in that one trip time restrictions can be financially punitive. Not to mention the old adage haste makes waste there are anecdotes a plenty of families who rented PODS to save money only to destroy their treasured belongings by not having the skill or time to correctly load a POD. In transit during long distance the bumps on the road and turns can chip and damage furniture not properly wrapped for transit. Plan ahead and plan early. Don’t be afraid to ask friends to chip in and help with the move. Pizza and beer can be powerful motivators or have a moving party make it fun! ( just don’t involve tequila that can go sideways really fast in a move! 😉