Moving involves a lot of planning and one of the things you need to consider is the mode of transportation you’ll be using to get your things from first location to final destination. To help out, we decided to ask someone who’s been there- done that and, hopefully, help you avoid any headaches in the process.
Lisa Boesen, lifestyle management coach and creator of The Domestic Administrator, recently moved from Texas to Colorado and gives us a few tips for getting a good deal on a moving truck or trailer.
“I had no idea there was such a broad range of pricing,” says Boesen. And she tells us she learned a lot in the process.
Boesen’s Tips When Moving
Tip 1- Don’t Wait
Boesen says that the further in advance you schedule a truck or trailer rental, the cheaper it will be. You don’t want to wait until the last minute (or day before) because you’ll be forced to take whatever the companies have to offer, at whatever price. You should think of what size vehicle you may need and shoot to start gathering quotes at least a few weeks prior to moving day.
Boesen reminds us that most places offer a truck size estimator to help determine the size you may need based on furniture and number of boxes and ‘odd shaped things’ you have.
She adds another important fact:
“The day of the week you are scheduling does matter. Scheduling online saved us 10% so beef up your tech skills. You can always call and make small changes but get your truck reserved as far in advance as possible,” says Boesen.
Tip 2- Look for Discounts
Remember that companies are in competition with one another and this means there could be some potential discounts available to you.
“Many offer senior discounts – which for us was only age 55! We got another discount of 10%,” explains Boesen.
Tip 3- Use Your Own Stuff When Possible
Boesen recommends using your own blankets and dolly when possible. During her move she reserved a dolly only to realize later that the loaders she hired brought their own dolly.
“Borrow a dolly or if you are using loaders, check with them before you rent one,” says Boesen.
Boesen also says not to spend money purchasing packing supplies with the truck rental place. Use your own when you can.
Tip 4- Insurance Matters
Lastly, Boesen reminds us that insuring your belongings whenever you make a move is crucial in making sure you’re covered in case something out of your control takes place. Never assume you’re already covered. Check your policies in advance so you have time to purchase new insurance or modify what you have.
“Do get insurance. Check your homeowners policy because [it] covers very little of your belongings in transit. Accidents do happen.”