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Renting a moving truck is not difficult, but it's not something that most people do very often, which means it's easy to get overwhelmed by your choices and overlook a few important details. This can mean having a truck that doesn't give you the options you expect and also one that literally does not fit on your property. Note a few things to remember when reserving moving trucks and then discuss these with the rental agency.
1. Ask about the size and clearance of the ramp
Most moving trucks will have a ramp that extends out of the cargo area in the back, but you might need to ask about its length and the clearance needed if you live in a small space. There might not be enough room between the truck and your doorway to extend that ramp and, in turn, it won't work for you. Note if the rental agency has a ramp that can adjust or a shorter ramp you can rent along with the truck, to ensure it fits properly.
2. Always note if hand trucks and other equipment are included
Don't assume a moving truck will mean a hand truck, furniture dolly, and other such pieces will be included, as these may be a separate rental price. They may not even be in the back of the cargo area of the truck when you rent it, if you don't ask about them beforehand. If you know you'll need a hand truck or any type of dolly, straps, blankets for protecting your furniture and the like, always ask rather than assume they're included.
3. Always overestimate the size needed
You may want to save some money on your move, but trying to do this by getting an undersized truck can be a mistake. Stacking furniture and other items on top of each other can mean getting them scratched or damaged, and you may find that you simply cannot fit everything you own in a small truck. Always choose a larger size than what you reasonably think you need if you're not sure the right cargo area for your truck, so everything has lots of space to be packed easily.
4. Open and close the back door while still on the lot
If you've never worked with a cargo truck before, you might struggle to open and close the latch properly. Try this out a time or two while still on the lot so you can ask the rental agent for assistance, and this will ensure you don't struggle to get the door open and are able to secure it once it's packed as well.