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Five Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

February 28, 2012 · Print This Article

Because the economy is not recovering as quickly as we all would like, many more people are choosing to move with the help of a moving truck rental than ever before. Moving your things on your own with this method can end up saving you hundreds of dollars in the end, so it is no surprise that this method has become the most popular for people who find that they are unable to remain in the home where they are currently. Still, moving with a truck rental does not come without its share of problems. Unlike when you hire a moving company, hiring a truck rental that you have to drive on your own will mean that you have to deal with many of the issues that come up along the way. That’s why you should know about these five problems that are commonly faced, as well as how you should confront them.

1. The Truck is Too Small: There are moving truck calculators online that can help you determine which size of a truck you are going to need in order to meet your specific needs. The last thing you want to do is end up with a moving truck that is too small to carry all of your things. What would you do at that point? You can certainly get rid of stuff or ship it at the post office, but ensuring that you get the right truck from the very beginning can actually save you time and money. If you are unsure or in between two sizes, always pick the one that is the bigger of the two you are considering.

2. The Truck Doesn’t Come with Padding/Dollies/Straps: Knowing what your truck comes with is a responsibility that you have prior to actually renting the truck and bringing it home. Don’t forget to ask about these things when you make your reservation; some companies will make you pay extra for these things, while other companies simply refuse to offer them. Regardless of what the company  you are working with offers, make sure that you know ahead of time so that you can make other arrangements before moving day arrives.

3. The Truck Gets Damaged: Do you know what to do if you get into an accident when you are driving a cheap truck rental? Chances are you will be too shaken to really think about it in that moment, so know what you need to do ahead of time. Most companies will give you a number to call if the vehicle is damaged too much to drive, but others will simply allow you to wait until you deliver the vehicle to reveal the news. To this end, make sure that you opt for the extra insurance policy that they offer you when you rent the truck. This insurance will cover anything that might happen to the truck while it is in your care.

4. The Truck Breaks Down: The moving truck breaking down is one thing that many people worry about when they are moving with a truck rental. What does happen if the truck breaks down? Most companies have on call services for moving trucks, but sometimes you will have to wait for a few hours for the services to arrive at your location. As such, always keep an emergency kit on hand with snacks, a radio, flashlight, batteries, and anything else you might deem necessary while in transit to your new home. Make sure that this is the last box loaded or that you keep it in the cab of the truck with you.

5. The Truck is in Bad Shape: No one should have to pay money to a company for a truck rental that is in bad shape. Instead of taking such a truck off the lot, always go back into the office to request another truck. It is a good idea to request a walkaround when you are first considering a specific company, to ensure that they are offering good equipment. Still, if you arrive on the day where you need the truck, make arrangements for something different and go with your gut feelings rather than getting caught into a problematic situation later on down the line.

Regardless of where you are moving to, it is important that you take these things into account so that you don’t have to worry about them while you are in transit to your new home. Not only will this reduce the stress that you feel as you are moving to your new home, but you will soon see that the time you put into ensuring your readiness to handle these issues can  be the one thing that stands between your move and a nightmare. Therefore, keep this information close at hand and see just how easy moving can really be.


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