How to Rent a Moving Truck or Trailer

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How to Rent a Moving Truck or Trailer

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If you’re planning to move, save money by renting a moving truck or trailer instead of hiring a professional moving company to transport your household goods. You should reserve your truck or trailer well in advance if you want to save some money, especially if you’re planning to move during the summer or at the end of the month.


Determine the size of moving truck or trailer that you need, based on the number of rooms to be moved. General guidelines indicate a 24-foot truck for moving eight rooms, a 20-foot truck for five rooms, a 15-foot truck for three rooms, and a cargo van or trailer for a small load of household goods.


Contact rental companies about driver requirements, including minimum age, driving records and special licenses.


Check your auto insurance policy to see if coverage is provided for truck and van rentals.


Obtain rental prices on the truck size that you need for the move by completing online information forms or calling rental companies in your local area. Check on availability of trucks during your scheduled move dates.


If you're planning to rent a trailer, check the dealer's requirements for towing. Arrange for a trailer hitch to be installed on your car, if necessary.


Reserve a rental truck for the dates of your move.


Ask the rental dealer for special instructions for operating a rental truck and review them.


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