When moving, it’s important to weigh the options of a do-it-yourself move with a rental truck versus hiring professional movers. The costs of each option are important to consider.
Typically, truck leasing companies do not quote pricing to include insurance and other taxes. These costs may be revealed later in the process or even after you’ve finished moving and upon returning their truck. Other costs that come up during a do-it-yourself move include cleaning the truck, refuelling the truck before turning it back in, and even paying to rent equipment or buy supplies from the company. You may need extra equipment like a furniture or appliance dolly and even extra moving blankets.
Most trucks use diesel instead of gasoline. Diesel is typically more expensive than gasoline. In addition, these trucks must be returned with its fuel at the same level as it was before renting it. This makes hiring professional movers more convenient. Professional movers’ pricing is inclusive of all costs.
Loading and unloading trucks is a very hectic job and very time-consuming if you don’t do it every day. Lifting heavy loads could also be dangerous to the back if you do not practice proper lifting techniques. Harsh weather may also make unloading and offloading of trucks very slow. Whereas, professional movers have the proper equipment needed to move your furniture carefully and the skills needed to move safely and efficiently.
So the next time you’re moving, keep in mind the major differences between truck rental companies and professional moving companies. Look at all the options available before making a decision and weigh the pros and cons. Do not let price be the only determining factor either. It might be better to pay a little more to have your furniture arrive in good shape than spend less on a rental truck and potentially hurt yourself by going it alone.