Have an upcoming move that you plan on doing all on your own? If so, you are going to need a moving truck to get the job done. When you head over to a local U-Haul truck rental service to make a reservation for a truck, you'll need to make some decisions about the kind of truck that you want. Here are some things to consider when renting a U-Haul truck.
The first thing you will need to decide is what size truck you need to get the job done. With there being trucks as small as 10 feet and as large as 26 feet, you may be wondering what you need without getting a truck that is too large.
One way to decide on your truck size is on how many bedrooms you have. The smallest truck is going to work great if you own a studio apartment. A 15- or 17-foot truck will work for a place with two bedrooms. In contrast, 20-to 26-foot trucks will work for three to four bedrooms. While this approximation should only be used as general guidance, it can help prevent you from renting a truck that's way too big for your moving needs.
You may not be aware that the larger moving trucks that you can rent may require you to know how to drive a stick shift. Many of the small trucks use an automatic transmission, which anyone can drive, but you do not want to get caught off guard with renting a truck and not knowing how to drive with a manual transmission.
Always ask the representative at the rental center what kind of transmission the vehicle has. If you don't feel comfortable driving stick shift, you may need to get a friend or family member to rent the truck for you and do the driving. You can also rent a smaller truck and make multiple trips to get the job done.
There are many add ons that you can rent with your U-Haul truck. Don't forget that you can get dollies, moving pads, and other boxes at the rental center. An appliance dolly is necessary if you are moving a washer, dryer, or refrigerator since it will help you get the appliance on the moving truck with ease. You can even rent vehicle towing equipment if you need to take your car with you.