rent a truck

It goes without saying that if you have a huge house with a lot of stuff in it that getting in a professional removal company is the wisest move. You can rent a truck for easier moves, if you have a smaller household. This way you don’t have to worry about some idiot mover that scratches your stuff.

How to Move from A-Z

You can basically choose from convenient moving truck hire or you can employ someone who has such a vehicle. Choosing the latter is going to be the more expensive option but the driver will probably help you to unload. You will probably have to pay per hour.

If you have the manpower, hiring a moving truck is the more cost effective solution. You will be able to drive up and down as often as you wish – you usually hire the truck by the day. You must just check if there are limitations in terms of mileage – most companies will specify a maximum mileage and if you exceed that you will have to pay extra.

Are you Covered?
One thing that often slips peoples’ minds is the insurance coverage of the goods in transit. It is a good idea to check whether or not you are covered at all. Some policies do have ‘all risks’ coverage but it is usually limited.

Check with your insurer and make sure your goods are covered on the road. What happens if there is an accident? What if the truck is stolen? These things can happen – don’t get caught short.

DIY Moves may Take Longer
When deciding for how long to hire the vehicle, it is a good idea to give yourself a little leeway. Moving can be harder than you think and it may take longer. What happens if you can’t get the truck for an extra day? You could be held up in the middle of your move.

What Size Vehicle?
The size of the truck is also important – you need to be comfortable driving it but you also need a truck that will fit your larger possessions like your lounge suite. A bigger truck will cost more but it will also allow you to move more stuff at once. You need to choose what is more important to you.

Packing Tips
The most important tip of all is to start by carefully planning the way you pack the truck. You need to strike a good balance between filling the truck properly and overfilling it. If you try to pack too much in, you risk damaging your property.

In general:

  1. Try to distribute the weight evenly.
  2. Pack the bigger items first – pack them at the back and around the sides of the truck.
  3. Be sure to carefully wrap fragile items like mirrors and glass – use blankets, towels or curtains. Make sure that you put them securely into the spaces between the furniture.
  4. Pack stuff into the empty spaces of furniture such as cupboards or drawers. Take the drawers out before you load the furniture, pack them and then replace them. Make sure that they are secure before you transport them.
  5. Leave the fragile, sentimental property until last. Make sure that these items are secure.
  6. Keep a box aside for your kettle and some cups – you might want some tea or coffee while unpacking and you don’t want to have to look for these.
  7. Set up a schedule and stick to it – although you are working to your own schedule, you should also allow for delays – move as quickly as you can – there could be delays in the traffic, unexpected hiccups in packing, et cetera. Relax once you have finished.
  8. You should try to enlist some help – loading and unloading can be done with two or three people but more hands mean that things will go faster. Be sure to keep the troops well fed and watered so that they are happy to help you out.

A DIY move can go smoothly and can save you a fair amount of money as long as you plan it carefully. Alpha Car Hire can provide you with the ideal truck; you just need to provide the muscle.