Renting a moving van or a trailer is a great idea if you’re moving. This allows you to keep all of your possessions with you during a move instead of letting a moving company be responsible for them for a time–trust me, I get wanting to keep control of your things no matter how perfect the companies around really are. However, you need to make sure you do your research before renting a truck or trailer. The main thing you need to look into is size.
One of the last things you want to be doing on your moving day is trying to hunt down a bigger trailer or truck. Measure your biggest items and then find out how big the door of your truck or trailer is to see if it will fit. I’ve seen first hand somebody rent a truck and then realize that their headboard won’t fit through the opening even though it would’ve fit in the truck if they could have gotten it in.
Next, make sure that all of your things will fit into your hauler or van even if they fit through the door. I know a basic general goal in life is to not spend money, but you’re not going to want to rent a vehicle that is too small just to save a little money. You’ll end up spending a whole lot more in the long run if you have to rent another hauler or find some other alternative for moving your things from point A to point B.
Lastly, make sure that your truck or trailer will fit at your current place and your new place so you can load it and unload it with ease. Yes, I’ve been there done that with this one. I rented a moving truck that didn’t fit at point A or point B. It was a miserable mess that left everybody who was helping me more than a little irritated. I’d have been much better off renting two small trailers and taking things in multiple trips in my car than renting a big moving truck.
So if you’re going to move yourself, make sure you plan. I stand behind renting your own truck and trailer instead of pestering friends who have truck, but make sure you know what you’re renting. Go back to the rule of “measure twice, cut once” but change it to “measure twice, rent once.”