Renting a moving truck for a local move or a long distance move sounds like a great way on paper to move and to be moving on time! When you think about it, it sounds like it puts the whole relocation process in your total control. You get a truck; you load it up and hit the road to your new destination. In fact, it can be really great if you have just a couple of things to move AND you can do absolutely EVERYTHING yourself. A moving truck rental might make getting your bed, dresser and desk back from college to your house that’s maybe an hour away sound so easy!! Maybe your buddies can help you get it all in the moving truck and into your home on the other end. It’s not expensive furniture so its not big deal! You’re also not driving too far with the moving truck and it’s just a small truck like a van, so it’s also easy to drive. So this sounds like no big deal, right? WRONG!!
It can turn into a really big deal, when you find out how much it really will cost you!! There’s the rental, the gas (whoops, they didn’t tell you about that), insurance. That’s money out of your pocket and a hidden charge that makes your move more expensive. Also, what happens if there is traffic and you can’t get the moving truck back on time? WHOOPS!! That will cost you too! (Come on man you know what the Long Island Expressway is like at 5 in the afternoon!!) Oh NO!! I forgot to refill the gas tank! (You just KNOW they have the most expensive gas station in America!)
In the end, did it really come out any cheaper renting a moving truck and going through all the hassle, then having a full service moving company come and pick it all up and deliver it to your home and have the move done on time?
When you are planning a move there are so many things to take into account and most of us have a lot on our minds and one of the things we need most of all is peace of mind. Moving and moving on time is considered one of the most stressful experiences known to modern man. Most of us have much too much on our minds to deal with all the details involved with moving on time and renting a moving truck. Not only that, there are so many factors involved! Do you have kids that will need to start a new school and make new friends? I have to start my new job in only a week and it’s a 6 day drive! Do you know how to load up the truck so there will be no damage? Do you even know how to drive a moving truck? Did you ever drive a truck for hundreds or thousands of miles? Are you going to be nervous with the truck standing out there when you make a pit stop for food or at a motel along the way when you go to sleep? (You’re not going to get any sleep if you’re worrying and you don’t want to drive a moving truck when you’re tired.) Am I going to be able to be on schedule? I only have the truck for a week to cross the country? Moving on time is not so easy, is it!
When you rent a moving truck, you need to take into account the TRUE costs and the extra and hidden charges that are involved. The moving truck rental companies will charge you for everything and anything. There is the charge for the moving truck itself, a nice big charge for the mandatory insurance and any equipment you will need such as dollies or moving blankets. Did we even mention that you also need to buy gas and return the truck with the same amount of gas as you got it with?
Let’s add in to this that you need to pay for all those tolls? You need to eat and sleep along the way and the moving truck is nothing like my car, (can’t drive it over 50 MPH and the wind is blowing me all over the road!)
Another important thing to consider when you are renting a moving truck is LABOR. You have a big move, a 3,4 or 5 bedroom house. You have spent WEEKS packing boxes and preparing for the move. Are you going to be able to get everything out of the house, load the truck properly? What will happen if the moving truck isn’t big enough? Will I be able to unload the moving truck, get all of the furniture into place and all of the boxes into place all alone? You need to get the new house set up as quickly as you can, so you need to hire moving labor! (Remember you’re kids need to be in school in only a few days!) Moving labor is VERY expensive. This will cost you on each end hundreds of dollars and you will still have tons of aggravation! (These guys they sent me look like bums off the street and I don’t want the anywhere near my wife and kids!) That’s a lot more money out of your pocket.
In the end, renting that moving truck turned out to be really expensive. It wasn’t the bargain you thought it would be and moving on time and meeting a schedule turned out to be impossible.
A full service moving company is the answer. A licensed, bonded and insured moving company would have met all of you needs. They have the knowhow to prepare your furniture for the move AND supply all the moving blankets that cost you hundreds of dollars to rent. They have the dollies and equipment needed to move everything (you had to rent that too). A relocation company knows how to load all of your belongings on the truck and make sure there will be no damage (and if there is, they gave you moving insurance that will cover it.) The long distance or local mover does all of the driving and they know how to drive trucks! The moving company will also unload all of your belongings, reassemble all of the furniture and get all of your boxes into the right places for you to unpack at your leisure. Best of all, when you get a quote from a moving company you will KNOW up front what’s involved and you will be moving on time and meeting your schedule. Most important, you will see that moving on time with a licensed, bonded and insured moving company cost you no more then that moving truck rental did!
So, take some time and really think about it. You are moving. How do you want to have this move done? Rent a moving truck or have a full service moving company do this for me and be sure that you’re moving on time? Where do I really save time, money and aggravation?