No one enjoys moving – whether it’s across the state or across the country, it’s a taxing, time-consuming, and expensive hassle. Expenses can easily pile up, so it’s a good idea to look for opportunities to save money when possible, such as on your commercial truck rentals.
Your moving van can be one of your biggest single moving expenses, so anything you can do to reduce the cost will help your budget. Here are a few tips.
Five Ways to Reduce Your Moving Van Expenses
1 – Consider getting rid of some stuff
The larger the moving van is, the more it’s going to cost to rent. Perhaps it’s time to do some spring cleaning and sort out all the stuff you don’t really need? Hold a garage sale or donate usable items to charity. Downsizing your life will reduce costs and make unpacking less of a burden too.
2 – Call around to multiple companies
Always research and contact multiple companies providing commercial truck rentals before settling on a rental agency. You may be able to get better deals, or they may even have discounts running that you can take advantage of. Don’t be afraid to ask their customer service directly if they have any promotions.
3 – Do you need extra insurance?
This one is kind of a gamble, but it’s worth thinking about. Moving van companies will always offer extra insurance/protection, such as covering your property in case of a crash. However, these policies can easily add hundreds of dollars to the cost of the rental. If you’re only moving a short distance, it may be worth skipping the coverage – but you’ll probably want it for a cross-country move.
4 – Thoroughly inspect the truck before taking possession
Don’t skip over the inspection check before taking the truck. Any damage to the truck which exists, but you don’t document, will most likely be blamed on you when you return the truck. Look over it carefully and document any problems you see with photos/video as well as noting them on the forms.
5 – Don’t go sight-seeing
You’ll be asked to give an estimate of your mileage before renting the truck, and the expected distance traveled will be part of the overall cost. If you exceed the estimate, you’ll get charged extra – and possibly at very steep prices. So, take the shortest route you can, and don’t get sidetracked.
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