One of the hardest aspects of a self move is trying to determining the size of the moving van to rent. No one wants to rent a moving van that is too big where their household items are sliding all over the place as well as making a few trips back and forth from the old house to the new can be both tiring and expensive too. So just what size van do you get? Well it may seem obvious that if you have chunky furniture, your best bet would be to get a larger sized van while smaller vans are ideal for carrying around small furniture, perhaps those that are compact or easy to break down and placed on the van.
Moving experts however are of the opinion that regardless of the size of your household items, you choose a van that is larger in size. Depending on which van rental company you hire, they would more than likely provide you with a general idea as to what type of vehicle you should rent for your specific household items. For instance, if you currently live in a studio apartment that has three rooms worth of household items, then you should rent a moving van that is 12-15 feet. Twenty-foot vans are recommended for those who have five rooms of stuff while a home that has eight rooms of household items should be placed in a 24 foot van.
Now that the sizing of the moving van is out of the way, you can begin your search for a van rental company. Moving experts would recommend that you get quotes from at least three van rental companies ahead of moving day. When you call them, be sure to ask them for a price as it regards to the size of the moving van that you are thinking about renting. Make sure that you read all the fine prints on the van rental documents; there are usually many clauses in place that isn’t as straightforward as it seems. With that said, when reviewing the documents, ensure that you ask a lot of questions so that you would be clear on what you are getting into.
It goes without saying that if you move during the fall and winter months, you will be saving a lot of money than if you were to move during the summer months. However, if you can only move during the summer months, then you should try to book for van rental way in advance.
Since this is a self-move it means that you would have to do everything on your own once you rent the van. With that said, taking out an insurance policy on the moving van highly recommended since most of these vans are not insured. While you are at it, you should also get insurance for your household items as well just in case the worst happens on the road.
Finally, remember you would be the designated driver for your move; even if you are not driving, your probably have a friend or family member on stand by to do so. Whatever the case, when you decide on a van rental company that suits your needs, you should go into the van hire company and test out your chosen vehicle before leaving the premises. Spend that extra time checking out every aspect of the vehicle as you keep on the alert for leaks, faulty tires, brakes etc.