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Truck Rental Tips: What You Need to Know

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The best truck rental tips can make a huge difference the next time you need to move house. Here are some tips for your next move.

Have a plan for placing furniture in the truck

When moving your items, the last thing you want is for your items to become damaged while in transit. So, before moving items into the truck, ensure that you clearly label them. This will avoid instances where you mix fragile and heavy items.

Begin by placing heavy objects such as the refrigerator in front. Less-heavy items should follow them, such as tables on the left side. Place bulky items such as the sofas on the right side to create enough space in the middle to arrange the boxes.

If you have any valuable possessions such as jewellery, keep them with you in front of the vehicle. This avoids cases where they end up being misplaced or stolen.

Don’t leave it to the last minute to book your truck

If you’re planning to move, ensure that you book the truck on time. Avoid the last-minute rush, particularly before the weekend. Many people are moving during this time, and you’re less likely to book a truck last minute. You should also book your vehicle two weeks before your moving date to be safe.

Consider getting help when moving your furniture

Moving to a new location can be a tedious and time-consuming process. So, one way to ensure a successful move is by packing your items in advance.

It’s also advisable to have handy equipment such as a boogie cord to help secure your items to the hand truck and, later on, the moving truck walls. Remember that some trucks feature an inclined supporting surface (ramp) or a hydraulic tail lift (like in Yello trucks) that makes it convenient to move items in and out of the truck.

You should also ask the truck rental company whether they offer add-on services to help you move. Such as boxes, ropes and hand trolleys that make moving your items more convenient. Check out Yello’s moving accessories here.

Learn more about the truck rental company

Before hiring a truck through a rental company, perform a background check on their operation. Starting with online customer feedback on Facebook or Google. This will help you have a better understanding of their reliability and quality of service.

Yello customers tell us we have great service, great rates and great trucks.

Don’t believe us? Check out our Google reviews. We’re pretty proud of our reputation, and we work hard to ensure it stays that way.

Consider getting additional insurance coverage

Accidents can happen unexpectedly, so it’s essential to ensure that you’re adequately protected. One of the crucial things to check is whether the rental company offers insurance coverage. Such a cover should sufficiently cater to your injuries and property damage after an accident.

Consider purchasing additional insurance if the truck rental company doesn’t offer sufficient moving insurance coverage. Among the essential covers to take include the collision damage waiver. This will ensure that you receive compensation if your possessions are stolen while on the move.

Remember that you can only receive compensation if the cause of your accident is listed in the insurance policy.

At Yello, the mandatory insurance cover is automatically included in your quote. Insurance upgrades that reduce your liability are optional.

Inspect the vehicles condition and terms of rental

Even if you’re rushing to move to a new home, take time to evaluate the condition of the truck you plan to rent. This will prevent instances where you have to pay for existing damages. Additionally, read through the terms of rental, particularly the cancellation policy.

Don’t forget to check on the terms of return including (but not limited to) a full tank of fuel, a tidy vehicle with the same cleanliness you collected it and make sure returnable accessories are in the vehicle.

For Yello’s terms of rental read our policy here.

Truck rental tips

Whether you have sold or bought a new home, moving house can be very exciting and emotional in equal measure. You need to coordinate and organise many things for a successful move. Truck rental is a great way to ensure you have full control over your move.

Our moving checklist should act as a great starting point for a stress-free moving experience.

Are you planning to move home and in need of a moving truck? Contact us today, and we will provide you with a quote and discuss further about your move.

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