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4 Reasons to Rent a Moving Truck and DIY Your Move

January 15, 2021 in Storage Blog

moving truck packed with items in front of an apartment building or home

Whether you’re moving your belongings into a storage unit or into a brand-new home, you’re always faced with a choice: to hire a moving company or handle it yourself. Both options have plenty of benefits and drawbacks, but it’s important to decide early on in the moving process which course of action you’d rather pursue.

If you’re planning on making a move in the near future, we can think of at least four good reasons to consider skipping calling movers and taking the DIY approach, especially if your move involves using self-storage for any length of time. When you rent a moving truck from a facility in the Absolute Storage Management Network, you will be able to save money during shorter moves, control each step of the moving process, make one large trip instead of a bunch of smaller ones, and have more quality time to spend with friends. 

Save Money During Smaller/Shorter Moves

Cross-country moves require a whole logistic process that may be better suited to a long-distance moving company. Packing up and heading across town is a little bit easier. Short distance moves can cost upwards of $1,400 for movers to take your belongings from one apartment to another less than 5 miles away depending on the company. While this is on the high end of the scale, these short distance moves can still be pricey. 

Instead of paying that much for movers, you could enlist some friends and rent a moving truck for a lot less money. It may take you a little bit longer and require some more muscle on your part, but the cost savings can help you pick up some new apartment decor. If you’re moving your belongings into storage, you may not even need to pay a rental fee for the truck! Several Absolute Storage Managed facilities offer free truck rental for all new tenants as a way to help you get your belongings into your storage unit.

You Control Each Step of the Moving Process

A woman holds a framed photos against a bare wall as two friends look on

Having movers to load and unload your belongings can be a real back and time saver, but it can also add some anxiety to the process. No one knows better than you where you want your items to go once they reach their final destination, and you also know exactly which boxes contain which items. By ensuring you control every step of the packing and moving process, you can move at your own pace.

Speaking of moving at your own pace, renting your own truck for a weekend allows you to control when you move. If you want to start earlier than movers would be able to, you can do that. If you want to work into the late hours of the night loading and unloading, you can do that, too. Renting your own moving truck lets you control every step of the process and gives you the freedom to make additional stops at your storage unit if necessary. 

Make One Big Trip Versus Several Small Ones

One of the best parts about renting a moving truck for your move over using your own vehicle is that you can make fewer trips. Avoid wear and tear on your vehicle and make one single trip by renting a moving truck.

In addition to the main benefit of increased space, many moving companies also offer access to dollies and handcarts both on the truck and at the facility, so you’ll be able to easily get boxes to and from the truck without hurting your back too much.

More Quality Time with Friends and Family

A man carries a box out of a moving truck and hands it to a friend standing nearby.

Moving on your own is a great opportunity to get together with friends and help one another out. Helping our friends and family is one of the best ways to improve our moods. Also, your friends and family know you better than anyone and will know exactly where you want storage items to go and how you want your new place decorated. Even if you need to sweeten the deal with free food or other perks, having people who care about you help with your move can be really special. 

Rent a Storage Unit and Moving Truck for a Seamless Move Today

Renting a moving truck and doing everything on your own or with the help of friends and family isn’t for everyone. However, if you’re equipped with the right tools, it can save you lots of money that you can use to rent a self-storage unit.

If you’re looking to move your belongings into a storage unit because of a life transition, downsizing need, or even as a temporary stopover while you look for a new home, find your local Absolute Storage Managed facility today. Along with renting a storage unit, truck rental services can keep your costs and stress levels low. Rent a moving truck and storage unit from one of several storage facilities in the Absolute Storage Management Network today.