Renting a moving truck seems like a fairly easy and straightforward process, and typically it should be. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take some steps to ensure that you’re dealing with a good company. Just like any other industry, there are better and worse options when it comes to renting a moving truck, as well as some things you should check on before loading your belongings and getting behind the wheel. Here are some of the important steps you should take when renting a moving truck to make sure everything goes according to plan.
It may be tempting to do a simple web search and go with the closest option available when you need a moving truck, but we encourage our readers to be a little more thorough before making a decision. It’s helpful if you can speak to someone at the rental company and ask a few questions before deciding on which one to use. By speaking to a representative at the company, you can gauge their level of professionalism and get an idea of how easy they’ll be to work with. You’ll also be able to ask some basic questions about truck availability, pricing, and any other concerns you may have.
After you’ve taken a look at your options and decided which truck rental company to use, make sure you put in your reservation with plenty of time before your move. This goes double if you’re moving to another city and have to drop off the truck at a different location than from where you’re picking it up. If you wait until the last minute, you may find that you won’t be able to get the proper size truck you were hoping for, especially if you’re moving on the weekend or during a particularly busy time of year.
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Before you sign any paperwork and agree to pay for a moving truck, be sure to carefully review the terms of the contract and understand everything it contains. Things to take special note of are when you need to pick up and return the truck, especially if you’ll be dropping off the truck in another location. Likewise, you’ll want to understand any additional charges that can apply, how much gas needs to be in the truck when it’s returned, and insurance coverage. If you have to put down a deposit on the truck be sure you’re aware of how much it is, when it will be returned, and your obligations to make sure you get the full amount back.
Once you’ve picked up the moving truck, inspect it thoroughly before you start loading furniture and boxes. If there are any dents or scratches, either inside or outside of the truck, be sure to take note of the damages. It may even be a good idea to take photos of the damages (if there are any) so that you have some evidence in the event that there is a dispute with the rental company after you return the truck.