How to Save Money by Renting a Cargo Van

Many people believe when moving out of a home, the only way to do so is by hiring a moving company. While it’s one option, it’s not always the best one. Hiring a moving company can be very expensive, and the results less than satisfactory. Instead of dealing with a moving company, many people are renting a cargo van and moving themselves.

While renting a cargo van is often a big money-saver on moving expenses, there are several things people should keep in mind when deciding to go the rental route. The first course of action is to research the various companies offering cargo vans for rent. Reading the various terms and conditions of each company as well as comparing prices of several companies will often lead to substantial savings. To entice customers, many companies will offer coupon codes giving customers even more savings on their rental.

Deciding on the size of the van can also help save money. If moving far away or even out-of-state, it’s good to make sure the van being rented is big enough to hold all the possessions going to the new home. Making multiple trips back and forth, in addition to taking more time, will end up costing extra as more trips to the gas station will be needed. Insurance costs will also need to be factored into the move, since these costs differ depending on the size of van being rented. The insurance should cover not only the vehicle, but also the possessions being moved.

If the move is going to be out-of-state, it’s probably a good idea to rent a one-way van. Not only is it a cheaper option, but it makes far more sense from a logistics standpoint. If a one-way van is rented, the person can drive it to their destination, unload their possessions at their new residence and then drop off the van at the nearest drop-off location. Most rental companies such as U-Haul and Penske afford renters this option. It’s also a good idea to test-drive any van before signing on the dotted line. If it’s a van that makes the driver uncomfortable being behind the wheel, it may be advisable to hire a driver. Just remember, this will add to the total costs of moving, but could prevent an accident. By using these tips, making a move to a new home can be much easier and affordable.