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The Pros and Cons of Renting a Moving Truck

When it’s time to move, there are a number of strategies people turn to in an endeavor to keep the process as simple and as cost-effective as possible.  Some of these strategies might include the use of used boxes instead of new ones or asking for the help of friends and family when it comes to packing and loading.  Often people will rent their own moving truck and attempt to load and unload their possessions on their own.  While this has become a popular option over the years, there are some important factors to consider when renting a truck. Here are some of the pros and cons of renting a moving truck:


Control – By having a rented moving truck at your disposal, it gives you a sense of control as to when and how you will move your possessions. You can stretch your move out over a few days, taking loads when you are ready. This also gives you control over the time of day you move and how you load your belongings into the truck.

Time – Most moving truck rental companies rent their trucks out by the day and not by the hour. This gives you more freedom to choose how fast or slow you move. You don’t have to be focused on a set schedule or start and finish time.


Hidden Costs – If you’ve ever rented a moving truck before, you know that the price you ended up paying at the end of your rental term was much different than the price advertised. Moving truck rental companies will often advertise a base rate without the extra costs for mileage and gas.   These additional costs can add up quickly leaving you with an unexpected expense.

Extras – When you go to pick up your moving truck, you may be surprised to find out that some of the extras, like dollies, blankets and tie-downs are not included in the rental cost. These items must be rented for an additional fee and can be quite expensive.

Lack of Help – Keep in mind that when you rent your own moving truck, you are on your own for finding people to help you load and unload the truck.  This can lead to problems if it’s a weekend when friends and family are busy or out of town.

Longer Moving Time – Completing your move using a rental moving truck can take much longer when compared to hiring professional movers.   You can plan on spending quite a bit of time loading and unloading the truck, not to mention the time spent picking the truck up and returning it with a full tank of gas.

Lack of Efficiency – As you load your moving truck, you will want to be sure that you are loading it in the most efficient way possible.  It’s easy to make mistakes when loading – mistakes that can lead to damaged belongings or multiple trips to and from your new home.

When all is said and done, it is often much more cost effective to hire a professional moving company like Get Your Move On LLC.   Not only will we show up in a clean, ready-to-use moving truck on moving day, but we’ll also include a knowledgeable and experienced moving crew that can make sure your possessions are quickly and carefully loaded and unloaded.  In the end, you’ll find that the cost for a professional moving company is similar to renting a moving truck and definitely worth it.

To get an idea of how Get Your Move On can help you for your next residential or business move, give us a call at 480-695-6621.


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