When you have to move from one place to the other, there is a lot which you have to do. From packing everything with complete protection to safely load them into the moving truck, everything requires both physical and organizational skills at the same time.
Depending on the size of your home and the number of items you have, you will require to hire the moving truck. If you hire a smaller vehicle, you have to shift the items twice from the old place to the new place. If you have a bigger truck, you will have to pay extra for space which you don’t require. Hence, is very important if you can find the right truck for your move.
Everyone whoever is moving wants to get moved efficiently and timely. Before you decide to hire a removal truck, first visit the removal company’s website and check the truck sizes available. And then evaluate the size of your home accordingly. Many removalists in Perth offer truck rental services.
Here are a few tips which will help you find the right truck for your next move. Read them carefully and plan your move.
- How much stuff do you have?
Make a list of all the stuff you have at your home. This is a very important step which will give you an idea of what size truck you should hire as truck size depends on the size of your home and the number of items you have at your home. Hiring a truck which doesn’t match the size of your home will drill a hole in your pocket.
|Size of home||Size of truck|
|2 bedroom home||3.5 ton|
|2 – 3 bedroom home||4 ton|
|3 – 4 bedroom home||6 ton|
The list given above gives you a general idea about hiring the truck according to the home size. The truck according to your home size will have enough space to put your items and you won’t be required to pile up or too much stuffing.
If you have small loads, you may even consider hiring a pickup or cargo van rather than hiring a moving truck. If you have large stuff to be moved such as a car, ensure a truck which is capable of doing so.
- Cost of hiring the truck
If you think that you would hire a big sized truck irrespective to the size of your home in a hope that it would help everything to be fit in, that is not a good decision at all. The reason behind this is that the truck rental companies charge trucks according to the sizes. Hence if you buy a bigger sized truck, you will have to pay extra money for that.
There are a lot of factors which are sum up the cost of hiring a moving truck. Check these factors below
- Size of the moving truck
- The distance of the place where you have to move
- Duration of truck rental (in hours or days)
- The time of shifting (weekends of peak seasons)
- Toll charges if there are any
- Who will drive the truck?
When you are planning for a DIY move and you are doing everything on your own, finding a skilled driver should also be a task you need to focus on. Either you will have to drive it yourself or you need to hire a driver for yourself. If you don’t have any experience, then it is better not to drive and hire some professional driver. Or if you can drive it, first get familiarized with the roads. Check the truck if it has everything is in working condition or not. Check the lights, wipers, mirrors etc. Vehicle inspection is really important before you the vehicle hits the road. Also, make sure that the vehicle has no dents or damage on it and if it has, inform the owner about it.
You will not find backseats in many trucks; hence it is better to have just one more person with you. If you have a bigger family, that can use a car or any other mode of transportation. If it is a larger moving truck, it may have space for more than two people in it.
- Have you got moving truck insurance?
When you have to move for longer distances, you may want to consider buying supplemental insurance for moving truck no matter if you already have auto insurance which can cover any damage on the way.
- Should you hire a truck in advance?
It is better if you can hire the truck in advance. Hiring a week or two before your move will avoid any unnecessary inconvenience which you may have to deal with if you hire the same day. Reserving the truck in advance is a good move. You may have to pay less if you book in advance as compared to booking the same day or one day before the move.
Hiring the right moving truck or van is one of the most important steps to be taken when you are planning for self-move. Keeping the cost of the entire move in mind, you have to determine which size of truck you are going to buy.
Price comparison is a good thing when you plan to hire a moving truck. Check the truck rental companies online and compare their prices. Make sure that you are returning the vehicle on time. The time and everything will be mentioned in the contract itself. Certainly, you have to pay extra money if you don’t return the truck on the time mentioned on the contract. Also, check if the company charges late fees by hour or for the entire day.
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