Though truck rental moves are the least expensive types of moves, there are ways to even save more. Order the truck rental in advance, move during slower times of the year and order the right size vehicle.
Truck rental moves, on average, can save you thousands of dollars on a regular, full-service move. But just because you'll save a hefty amount with a truck rental move, doesn't mean that you can't save even more with the right type of truck rental move. So, how can you even save more money on this type of move? Here's how.
Order the truck rental in advance
If you order your vehicle at least four weeks in advance of your move, you're more likely to be charged a lower daily rate. That's because truck rental companies usually raise their prices if supply is low, and demand high (last minute orders).
Plan your move during slow times
Truck rental prices are also sensitive to the time of year. The high season (when prices are higher) is from late May to early September. And if you move during the end of the month or on weekends, you'll find that your bill will also be higher. Therefore, the ideal time period would be from late September through mid-May, and not at the end of a month or on weekends.
Order the right size truck rental
If you're thinking that you can save money by renting the smallest vehicle possible, guess again. You'll end up either packing up your belongings too tight and damaging your fragile possessions or having to make an additional trip to fit in all of your items (extra gas and time). Count on ordering a truck rental that's about 10 - 15% bigger than what you think you need. Price differentials should not be that great anyway between different sized rental trucks.
Order for the right amount of time
If you're not sure how long the move will take, it's better to err on the side of caution, as late charges can be exorbitant. And unless you're moving a very small amount of belongings and you're new place is around the corner, it's not smart to rent a vehicle for less than a day. There's always unseen circumstances (i.e. volunteers don't show up or it takes longer to load the truck) that can lengthen the amount of time to move.