Using Our Truck vs Renting Your Own

There are several considerations when deciding between letting your moving company bring their truck or renting your own.
In this blog post, we break down what you should consider when booking for a full-service move versus a labor-only service.

Pros

Cons

No Bookings Required

We have our own trucks that we know are always available, and the logistics of your move are fully covered. Even if a rental truck is required, we’ll make the calls and wait at the rental location for pickup, saving you the time and headache. Fuel costs are even included in your estimate, so there aren’t any surprise fees. All you have to do the morning of your move is pack up those last minute items and be ready for the team to arrive!

You Handle the Bookings

Especially if you’re moving in the summer or between the 25th and 5th of the month, make sure to book your rental well in advance to make sure there’s a vehicle available at the rental location nearest you. We also suggest booking directly with the rental location as opposed to an affiliate pickup, such as a gas station, to ensure they don’t accidentally give your truck to someone else (this happens!). When budgeting, make sure to include gas, insurance, mileage, and any travel costs to get to and from your rental location. These costs add up!

Getting the Right Size

It can be difficult to tell how much space your belongings will take up when all packed together. Fortunately, we have the experience necessary to make a very close estimate based on your inventory and walkthrough video. We regularly drive trucks up to 26’, and our trucks typically have a taller box than rentals, which means even more square footage for your belongings. Even if you’re just moving a studio, having a truck with extra space will save a huge amount of time packing, which is money in your pocket.

Truck Size

While a larger truck can be a little daunting, we recommend renting a size above what you think you’ll need, just to make sure there’s no need for a second trip. Some studio apartments can fit in a 10’ truck, but it’s important to remember that the smaller trucks also have a lower clearance, which limits how high items can be stacked and which items can be loaded vertically. Things like wheel wells and gas tanks also cut into floor space and can make “tetrising” items more difficult, increasing load time. You’ll also want to make sure that you or a friend feels comfortable driving vehicles as large as 26’, depending on the size of your move.

We Handle the Supplies

Your moving company is equipped with the proper furniture dollies, moving blankets, saran wrap, and professional moving blankets. Moving companies are trained to prepare their trucks with all the supplies needed, and then some, to complete the move. By consistently investing in solid equipment, you can believe that your move will be safely managed.

Getting Proper Supplies

To make your move easier you’ll want to make sure you gathered the proper moving supplies. Depending on the rental company, some companies offer lower-quality moving supplies than others. Chicagoland Truck Rentals typically offers industrial hand trucks, furniture dollies, and moving blankets; while U-Haul offers thin moving blankets, simple hand trucks and cheap furniture dollies. (You may be better off buying dollies from Home Depot for your move instead).

Liability

Moving companies are required to carry auto and cargo insurance. If there is an accident involving the vehicle, it’s our responsibility, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

If belongings are damaged in transit or (knock on wood) the entire shipment is destroyed in a fire or catastrophic accident, our state standard cargo insurance will cover everything at $0.30 per pound per article. You can also purchase higher valuation coverage to ensure your peace of mind. Either way, we’ll be by your side to handle the negotiations with the insurance company.

Liability

Your personal auto insurance probably doesn’t cover the operation of for-hire vehicles or vehicles that weigh more than 9,000 pounds. Rental companies upsell insurance, but it’s typically best to opt for the Safemove Plus + Safetrip (U-Haul) or the comprehensive insurance coverage (Penske) to be sure that you’re covered in the event of an accident.

In terms of cargo-liability, clients who use their own truck are not covered by our insurance if an item breaks in transit during a labor-only move. Even if our team packs the truck, the liability due to driving is the responsibility of the driver, and rental company insurance usually only covers cargo in case of catastrophic accident.

Pros

No Bookings Required

We have our own trucks that we know are always available, and the logistics of your move are fully covered. Even if a rental truck is required, we’ll make the calls and wait at the rental location for pickup, saving you the time and headache. Fuel costs are even included in your estimate, so there aren’t any surprise fees. All you have to do the morning of your move is pack up those last minute items and be ready for the team to arrive!

Getting the Right Size

It can be difficult to tell how much space your belongings will take up when all packed together. Fortunately, we have the experience necessary to make a very close estimate based on your inventory and walkthrough video. We regularly drive trucks up to 26’, and our trucks typically have a taller box than rentals, which means even more square footage for your belongings. Even if you’re just moving a studio, having a truck with extra space will save a huge amount of time packing, which is money in your pocket.

We Handle the Supplies

Your moving company is equipped with the proper furniture dollies, moving blankets, saran wrap, and professional moving blankets. Moving companies are trained to prepare their trucks with all the supplies needed, and then some, to complete the move. By consistently investing in solid equipment, you can believe that your move will be safely managed.

Liability

Moving companies are required to carry auto and cargo insurance. If there is an accident involving the vehicle, it’s our responsibility, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

If belongings are damaged in transit or (knock on wood) the entire shipment is destroyed in a fire or catastrophic accident, our state standard cargo insurance will cover everything at $0.30 per pound per article. You can also purchase higher valuation coverage to ensure your peace of mind. Either way, we’ll be by your side to handle the negotiations with the insurance company.

Cons

You Handle the Bookings

Especially if you’re moving in the summer or between the 25th and 5th of the month, make sure to book your rental well in advance to make sure there’s a vehicle available at the rental location nearest you. We also suggest booking directly with the rental location as opposed to an affiliate pickup, such as a gas station, to ensure they don’t accidentally give your truck to someone else (this happens!). When budgeting, make sure to include gas, insurance, mileage, and any travel costs to get to and from your rental location. These costs add up!

Truck Size

While a larger truck can be a little daunting, we recommend renting a size above what you think you’ll need, just to make sure there’s no need for a second trip. Some studio apartments can fit in a 10’ truck, but it’s important to remember that the smaller trucks also have a lower clearance, which limits how high items can be stacked and which items can be loaded vertically. Things like wheel wells and gas tanks also cut into floor space and can make “tetrising” items more difficult, increasing load time. You’ll also want to make sure that you or a friend feels comfortable driving vehicles as large as 26’, depending on the size of your move.

Getting Proper Supplies

To make your move easier you’ll want to make sure you gathered the proper moving supplies. Depending on the rental company, some companies offer lower-quality moving supplies than others. Chicagoland Truck Rentals typically offers industrial hand trucks, furniture dollies, and moving blankets; while U-Haul offers thin moving blankets, simple hand trucks and cheap furniture dollies. (You may be better off buying dollies from Home Depot for your move instead).

Liability

Your personal auto insurance probably doesn’t cover the operation of for-hire vehicles or vehicles that weigh more than 9,000 pounds. Rental companies upsell insurance, but it’s typically best to opt for the Safemove Plus + Safetrip (U-Haul) or the comprehensive insurance coverage (Penske) to be sure that you’re covered in the event of an accident.

In terms of cargo-liability, clients who use their own truck are not covered by our insurance if an item breaks in transit during a labor-only move. Even if our team packs the truck, the liability due to driving is the responsibility of the driver, and rental company insurance usually only covers cargo in case of catastrophic accident.

Conclusion

Conclusion

When moving, you’ve already got a lot on your plate, and here at A Move to Remember we want to make this process as smooth as possible. Booking a full-service move takes the stress of booking, liability, guesstimation of truck size, and driving off your shoulders, and we’re happy to do it. 

We also know there are any number of reasons that you may need to rent your own truck, and we provide load/unload only services to help with the heavy lifting. If this is what you’ve booked, please feel free to ask us for advice to ensure the move goes as quickly and efficiently as possible. We’ve seen it all!

Book a Full Service, Load Only, or Unload Only Move Today!

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