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When Is the Right Time to Schedule a Moving Truck?

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When moving your home and your life to a new location, there are a million and one things to remember. Do you have enough boxes and plastic totes? Will your delicate items be protected on the journey? Have you called the movers to assist in getting everything into the truck? And then you remember: “I need to schedule a moving truck!” This single crucial detail can derail your entire moving plans if you don’t prepare well before your move date. Here are a few tips to follow when preparing your moving truck to get you on the road.

Why Rent a Moving Truck At All?

This is a good question for those that own trucks or a trailer hitch. While personal vehicles can be helpful, there are two important disadvantages. The first is the weather. If you plan on moving across town on a sunny day, this isn’t typically a problem. But if you plan to move cross-country, you’ll find yourself in real trouble, even if you’re confident in your tarp or truck cover.

The second problem is safety for both you and your belongings. Choosing the right rental can give you the space you need to secure everything and protect furniture like mirrors, tables, and other items. Additionally, rental trucks feature ramps and hydraulic lifts to protect your body from the strain of lifting, twisting, and jumping.

Plan the Right Day

Once you’ve decided to make the move, it’s time to schedule your rental.

First, let’s dispel a few moving truck assumptions. Moving truck rental companies don’t have an infinite supply of moving trucks, nor do they have an infinite supply of truck sizes. While our network includes many different locations to broaden your options, failing to schedule the right truck for your needs right when you need it can make your move very stressful, if not impossible, for your desired move time.

Renting a moving truck is a bit like purchasing airline tickets. There are very busy times of the year, such as summer and fall when students move to and from college. Closings and the end of apartment leases occur at the end of each month, which can make finding the right truck and scheduling the time of day a bit of a process. Holidays, however, are very slow times for the moving business, which can make it easier for you to find a specific truck size and pickup time.

Choose the Right Time of the Week

Nearly everyone who plans on moving chooses to do so on Friday or Saturday. This is to be expected for anyone who has a day job. However, scheduling a truck for a weekend can be difficult for all the reasons you can imagine. Combined with the end of the month, and if you live in a busy city, you will be hard-pressed to find the right rental truck at the price you want.

To prevent your panic and help your wallet, consider moving in the middle of the week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are prime times for scheduling your move.

Choose the Right Timeframe

Renting a truck from us is simple because we want to give you as much time as possible to make your move safely and at the lowest price. Even if you only plan on moving ten to twenty miles away, you will need to consider the amount of time it will take to load and unload as well as return the truck. Unless you have experience moving your entire home, take time to talk with your movers or your truck rental specialist for advice on a timeframe sufficient to complete the move. If your move finishes early, all the better: you’ll often get a discount on your upfront costs.

If you plan on moving further than 24 hours will allow, it is even more important to schedule your truck well before your move date. This can give you a better rate on your rental fees, and often give you different options for moving (such as using a portable moving container).

Book Your Moving Truck

To get the most out of your moving truck rental, move during the week and reserve your rental well in advance. Partner with a trusted moving company like Slater Transfer & Storage to help alleviate the stress of moving. Reach out to us to find the right moving truck size and rates today!