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How Long Is Long Enough for Truck Rental?


by: Karin Mangan
01 Dec 2010

A household move usually marks an exciting new stage in someone's life. It can also be a stressful and expensive experience. Whether you are moving your family to a new home, leaving your parents' home, or taking the kids to college, anything you can do to take some of the pressure out of the move has to be a good idea.

One way to cut costs is to hire a truck and move your belongings yourself. Self moving also has the benefit of giving you more control over aspects such as the timings of the move. But to make the most of these cost savings, it is important to know how long you are likely to need your rental truck for.

Managing the Cost of Your Truck Rental

Accurately estimating the required duration of truck rental is an important part of planning your move without blowing your budget. If you reserve a truck for too long, you could end up paying more than necessary; if you don't reserve the truck for long enough, you could find yourself under pressure to complete the move too quickly, adding to the stress and possibly leading to costly mistakes and breakages.

Remember, it's probably cheaper to rent the truck for an extra few hour than to pay the charges on a late return.

Planning Your Truck Rental

So what are the factors you need to consider in order to calculate how long your truck rental needs to be?

  • Loading and unloading the truck: Even if you have everything packed and ready to go, it can take quite some time to load the truck. Remember, you are (most likely) not a weight lifter or a professional packer. You can expect to get tired and need to rest. You can also expect to have to move boxes and other items around in order to get everything in. Unloading can be a quicker job, but consider whether you are going to have to unpack some of the boxes as you go in order to fit your belongings into your new home.
  • Scheduled stops: For longer journeys, make sure you factor in the time required for stops to refuel the truck--or yourself--or for a comfort break.
  • Getting lost: If you are moving to a distant or unfamiliar location, GPS navigation included in the truck rental could save you time and money.
  • Driving times: For longer journeys, use an online driving time calculator to estimate how long it should take to drive to your destination. Allow time for unforeseen circumstances such as traffic congestion.

A little planning and a realistic estimate can help you pull off a self-moving success story and keep your budget in line.

Sources:
Rental Benefits • http://www.ryder.comhttp://www.ryder.com/rental_benefits.shtml • RyderMaking Household Moves Easy • http://www.pensketruckrental.comhttp://www.pensketruckrental.com/personal_rental/commitment.html • Penske