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How to Choose the Best Moving Truck

StaxUP Storage | May 9, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Moving can be a daunting task, with plenty of decisions to make and logistics to consider. Choosing the best moving truck is just another part of your moving journey – a crucial step, and one that can absolutely impact the smoothness of your transition. From size considerations to special features and insurance options, here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the task of choosing the right moving truck.

Determining the Right Size

One of the first things to consider when renting a moving truck is determining the appropriate size for your needs. To play it safe, you’ll probably want to go for a larger truck than you think you'll need. While this may mean a more expensive rental, it can save you the hassle of multiple trips or cramming all your things into a space that's too small.

According to U-Haul, here's a rough guideline for selecting the right size:

  • Cargo van to 10′ moving truck: Ideal for a studio apartment or small moves.
  • 15-foot moving truck: Suitable for two bedrooms or less.
  • 20-foot moving truck: Accommodates two to three bedrooms.
  • 26-foot moving truck: Recommended for four bedrooms or larger residences.

Keep the distance of your move in mind as well. If you're relocating locally, multiple trips with a smaller truck might be fine. But for long-distance moves, opting for a single large truck could be a better idea.

Special Features and Equipment

Beyond size, consider any special features or equipment you might need during your move. This could include:

  • Loading Ramp: Makes loading and unloading heavy items (furniture, appliances, etc.) easier.
  • Interior Rings: Useful for securing furniture and stopping pieces from shifting during transit.
  • Moving Supplies: Decide if you need additional equipment like dollies, moving blankets, or boxes.
  • Comfortable Cabin: For long-distance moves, make sure the cabin is comfortable enough for a long journey.

Efficient Loading and Securing

In order to maximize the space in your moving truck and keep your belongings safe, you’ll need to load your truck efficiently. Use high-quality packing materials, load tightly and evenly, and disassemble larger furniture whenever possible to optimize space. Remember to place heavier items at the bottom of the truck, and secure everything properly to prevent shifting.

Insurance Coverage

Before hitting the road, ask about insurance coverage options offered by the rental company. Depending on the distance and nature of your move, you may need comprehensive coverage to protect against potential damages or liability coverage for peace of mind during your move.

Scheduling Considerations

When scheduling delivery and pickup times for your moving truck, make sure to allow ample time for loading and unloading. Don’t forget about potential traffic delays – factor those in, along with time for unexpected issues along the route. Be mindful of any additional fees associated with late pickups or deliveries.

Fuel and Timing

Before returning the truck, refill the tank to the agreed-upon level to avoid additional charges. You may want to schedule your move during off-peak seasons, so you can potentially save on rental costs and avoid the rush associated with peak moving times – like the end of summer and the beginning of the school year.

Choosing the right moving truck involves careful consideration of size, features, insurance, and scheduling. By taking the time to assess your needs and plan accordingly, you can streamline the moving process and ensure a smooth transition to your new home.

Several StaxUP Storage facilities offer U-Haul truck rentals to make your move easier. Get started with your move by contacting any of the following locations:

Desert Self Storage - 66251 Dillon Rd, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

StaxUP Storage - Menifee - 27887 Holland Rd, Menifee, CA 92584

Valley Premier Storage & Office Suites - 1402 W. Pico Ave, El Centro, CA 92243

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