If you’ve got a move coming up, you’re probably debating between renting a moving truck and doing it yourself or hiring professional movers. Although cost can be a major factor in determining how you move, there are many other aspects that you will have to take into consideration before deciding.
Here’s how renting a moving truck is different from hiring a moving company:
Cost of the move
If you are on a tight budget, renting a truck for a do-it-yourself move can be a lower-cost alternative – especially if you’re only moving a short distance. Truck rentals usually charge based on the truck size you require, the miles traveled, and the number of days you use it. Conversely, the cost of hiring moving professionals is based on the number of hours it takes to move.
When renting a truck, you have to pay for fuel, toll charges, cargo protection, and potentially other fines and penalties. However, if you’re hiring professionals, there’s a lower chance of having extra charges – you just pay what they quote for the entire move. Even with that in mind, renting a truck is still almost always less expensive.
Size of the move
If you don’t have that much stuff to move, moving yourself could be no sweat at all, so it might be best to go with the more cost-effective option. However, if you’ve got a lot of belongings to move, you may not be willing to put in all the time and effort it takes to do it yourself. If you feel like you’re not up to the task, it might be best to hire movers.
Distance of the move
For a local move, renting a truck is a no-brainer. Given that you only have to go a small distance, you won’t have to drive for that long and so you don’t run the risk of getting tired. However, for a long-distance move, you may have to drive the moving truck all by yourself for a long time which can be quite challenging, especially if you don’t have much experience driving heavy vehicles. In such a case, it might make sense to spend the extra money and hire movers.
Loading the moving truck
Loading a moving truck is not an easy task since it involves lifting heavy items and strategically placing them evenly throughout the truck. If you do not know the proper methods of loading a truck, you could sustain serious injury or damage your belongings. You also may need a lot of tools and accessories for loading heavy furniture onto the truck.
If possible, it’s best to get some friends to come help you out with the lifting and loading. But if you need to do it by yourself and it seems like too much physical effort, hiring a full-service mover might make sense as it would make the move extremely easy and convenient. Alternatively, you can hire people to just help you load and unload your stuff, while you still drive the truck yourself.
Moving a vehicle
If you are moving long-distance, transporting a personal vehicle like a car or minivan can be tricky. For a DIY move, you’ll either need to tow the vehicle with the moving truck or have someone else drive the vehicle for you. Alternatively, you could hire professional auto transporters to ship your car for you while you drive the truck or do the reverse – hire someone to move your stuff while you drive your car.
Moving truck size options
If you’re hiring a moving company, the movers will come with the appropriate truck size that suits the amount of stuff you are moving. However, if you’re renting a truck, you need to know how to determine which size truck you need, which is easier said than done. If you’re unsure how to pick the right size truck, it may be best to go with professional movers.
Getting discounts on the move
Since the moving industry is flooded with numerous companies offering similar types of services, companies will often offer deals to customers to stay ahead of the competition. Be sure to search for the best deals before deciding between renting a moving truck or hiring professional movers. But also be on the lookout for scams and shoddy service as companies can use discounts to lure you in and rip you off.
There are also other ways to save money: for example, you can pack your items yourself and pay just for the transport. You can also rent a truck at a lower cost in the off-peak parts of the year (winter and fall) or on a weekday as opposed to the weekend. And, of course, you can always negotiate with either a moving company or a truck rental company.
Truck rental vs. professional movers: what to choose?
When you compare renting a moving truck with hiring a professional moving company, there’s no definite answer as to which is better. It all depends on each individual’s needs and preferences. Overall, with truck rentals you can save a lot of money - but a moving service will save you a lot of effort. The key is to compare the prices, weigh the risk factors, explore all moving options, and then choose the one which meets your requirements.