Storage Tips

4 Reasons to Rent a Moving Truck and DIY Your Move

January 15, 2021 in Storage Tips

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 Smithville, TN, 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.

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. We once knew someone who paid around $1,400 for movers to take their belongings from one apartment to another less than 5 miles away. It took the movers a little over an hour to pack up, move everything, and unload it, but our friend had paid for a set minimum block of time.

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! We offer free truck rental for all our new tenants as a way to help you get your belongings here and into your storage unit.

You Control Each Step of the Moving Process

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 (or you should, if they’re properly labeled). 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 early in the morning—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.

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—including its interior—and make one single trip.

In addition to the main benefit of renting a truck (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

Okay, so maybe this last one is dependent upon the number of people you have who are willing to help you out, but moving on your own is a great opportunity to get together with friends and help one another out. And as we’ve discovered over the past year, helping our friends and neighbors is one of the best ways to improve our moods. 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.

Save money, time, and energy by renting a truck from Hwy 56 Mini Storage

Renting a moving truck and doing everything on your own (or with the help of friends and family) isn’t for everyone. But if you’re equipped with the right tools, it can save you lots of money. 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, we can help. Along with renting a storage unit, our truck rental services can keep your costs and stress levels low. Ready to learn more? Visit our facility today.