When you are moving out of your apartment in New Jersey or New York, you will need some form of help with your valuable items. Larger, heavier furniture like sofas, beds, and antique wooden cabinets won’t fit well in most everyday cars. A situation like this means making the decision between hiring a moving company to help get everything moved for you, or renting a moving truck where you will be responsible for most of your belongings. What is there to consider when deciding whether you should rent a moving truck?
How Much Help You Need
Moving trucks don’t come with hired help; you will need to ask for favors from friends and family to get the larger items downstairs. If you are a minimalist who doesn’t keep a packed apartment, then this may not be an issue. If, however, you have an extensive inventory of heavy valuables, you may want to reconsider. It is also important to consider that your friends, while helpful, are probably not experienced movers themselves. Don’t be surprised if one of them ends up scratching the edge of your favorite table, or don’t carry your plasma screen television the right way.
On the surface, renting a moving truck can appear less expensive than having a moving company handling your items. While this is true in theory, a lack of preparation can end up driving costs far higher than what you expect. If you are moving to a far-away neighborhood, will you have to pay any tolls? How much are packing materials going to cost? How expensive will the fuel be? Keeping these questions in mind is a sobering – but vital – aspect of your decision-making process.
Unless you are a truck driver for a living, then you are probably not going to be immediately comfortable driving a rental moving truck yourself. These vehicles are much larger and heavier than your average consumer car, meaning the flow and control of the truck will be much different than what you know. Your timing and instinct for everyday actions like turning, braking, and merging will need some fine-tuning before you take your rental truck on the highway. For people who only need to move a short distance within the city, this may not be as significant of a factor.
While it is certainly not wrong to rent a moving truck, many people underestimate the costs and expectations associated with one. Moving can be a headache, so you don’t want what should be a helpful service slow you down. Treasure Island Storage provides storage solutions for New York and New Jersey residents that need a temporary safe space for their valuables in the midst of moving chaos. Give us a call today at 347-454-7455 to find out how we can help.