Whether you're about to embark on a short, in-town move, or a big, cross-country relocation, U-Haul trucks can come in handy. If you prefer to move your belongings yourself rather than use a storage crate service or professional movers, a U-Haul truck rental can be an easy and efficient option.
U-Haul trucks are available in a wide variety of sizes depending on how many rooms your home has. Make sure you rent a truck that's big enough for all of your possessions, so you don't have to make multiple trips between your old and new homes.
If you're not moving but need to transport smaller items, such as electronics or textiles, from one place to another, consider renting a U-Haul pick-up truck to get the job done. These trucks come in especially handy if you only have a compact car.
Here are some additional tips for making a successful move with a U-Haul rental truck.
1. Decide on Buying Insurance
When you go to your local U-Haul store to rent a truck, they will ask you if you want to purchase insurance for an additional fee. If you opt not to, you will be held liable for any damages to the truck and will have to reimburse U-Haul immediately.
Weigh out all of the factors, such as the length of your move and whether you'll be putting a lot of highway miles on the truck or not, before signing up for the insurance. Check to see if your personal vehicle insurance covers rentals or not prior to making your decision.
2. Purchase a Heavy-Duty Lock
When renting a large truck for major moves, invest in a secure, heavy-duty lock for the back door. Since the truck is holding all of your worldly possessions, make sure the lock can't be easily picked or broken.
Securing your belongings with a high-quality lock is even more important if you're driving a long distance and will be staying in hotels along your route. In this scenario, try to park your truck in a space that you can view from your room window.
3. Drive with Caution
If you've rented one of the larger U-Haul trucks and don't have experience driving large vehicles, give yourself some time to get comfortable behind the wheel before taking off. Familiarize yourself with the lights, seating adjustments, and even radio controls so that you aren't fumbling around on the road.
It's also important to drive slower than usual, as it takes a large, loaded moving trucks longer to stop than personal vehicles. Give yourself plenty of room between your truck and other cars and check the condition of your tires periodically throughout your journey.