How To Rent A Moving Truck For Your DIY Move: Expert Tips & Rental Checklist

Jan 5, 2024

Need to move on a budget? Then it might be worth considering a DIY move. Check out the latest guide from on how to rent a moving truck as an affordable alternative to full-service movers.

In today's economy, we are all feeling the pinch. If the cost of hiring a full moving service is making your eyes water, then you may be wondering if you have the strength and energy to complete a DIY move. There is no doubt that a do-it-yourself move can save you a lot of money. If you’re prepared to do the heavy lifting yourself, then renting a moving truck is the most sensible (and cheapest) option. 

For step-by-step guidance on how to rent a moving truck for your DIY move, check out this guide from! From size requirements to insurance policies, the guide outlines everything you need to consider before choosing and booking your vehicle.

According to research from Oncue, the average cost for an in-state move is $980, with interstate moves averaging a whopping $4100. As a result, many people opt for moving truck rental as a low-cost alternative to hiring a full moving service.

What Size Truck Do I Need? offers practical tips for determining truck size requirements, according to the volume of belongings being transported. It's a good idea to rent a truck 10%-15% larger than you need to ensure there is enough space for all items being moved. The last thing you want is to be strapping items to the roof because you underestimated the sheer amount of stuff you own.

Before committing to a rental truck company, you should compare quotes from a minimum of three providers to secure the best rates. Costs will vary due to several factors including size requirements, moving distance, rental length, and the time of year. For example, trucks being rented during the peak summer season will have higher rates than those required at less popular times of the year.

It is also important to do your research before renting a moving truck service. This is not the time for 'eeny meeny miny moe.'

But what questions should I ask?

You should be asking questions related to cost (including surcharges), discounts, and cancellation policies, as well as insurance options in case of accidents. For example:

  • What's included in the price?
  • What is the cost per mile?
  • What hidden costs can I expect?
  • Is there a discount for moving in winter?
  • How much gas do you require when I return the truck?
  • What is your cancellation policy?

Don't forget to ask about insurance! It's better to be safe than sorry.

“Ask about your insurance options and the cost of each plan, making the optimal choice for the distance of your move and the value of your cargo,” says the guide. “Check with your homeowner's insurance for possible coverage of your goods before purchasing a policy from the truck rental agency.”

You should also complete a background check of the company to ensure they are legitimate. Online customer reviews can provide invaluable insight into the reputability of a company and its business practices.

How far in advance do I need to reserve the truck?

Once a reputable rental truck company has been chosen, a reservation should be made in ample time, explains the guide. “Truck rental reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. However, if you are moving during peak season (June through September) you should reserve the vehicle at least one month in advance. Moving services are in high demand during the summer months and may book up quickly,” the expert recommends.

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