Looking To Rent a Moving Truck?
A Guide for You Load, They Drive Customers
If you decided the You Load, They Drive moving option is the right choice for you, TruckRental.net has created this user’s guide to help you plan and prepare for your move. Read through this information and follow our checklists, and you’ll be ready for a stress-free moving experience.
What is You Load, They Drive
Also known as self-service moving, this latest option for consumers means you pack and load your belongings, then a professional driver hauls your things to your new location. The moving company will deliver mobile packing containers to your home. You will load these containers yourself and arrange for the truck to pick them up on the desired date.
A Review of the Benefits
The two main benefits are that you will save money by doing much of the work yourself, and save stress by letting a professional driver haul your possessions for you. Other benefits include:
- You can order as many packing containers as you need. What you don’t use can be returned to the moving company with no charge to you.
- You Haul, They Drive moving companies keep costs low by booking multiple owners’ belongings on the same trailer. You will only be charged for the space you are using, and not the entire truck.
- You control all aspects of packing, loading and unloading––strangers will not be handling your possessions and you will be able to protect fragile items.
- Use your own heavy-duty lock to ensure that no one but you can access your container.
- You can drive leisurely—or fly—to your new location while you let someone else worry about driving the moving truck.
- When your mobile storage containers are delivered to your new location, you will have a period of time to unpack before the mover collects them. This allows you more time to move in and get everything exactly as you want it.
What You Should Remember
As with any other type of truck rental, you should comparison shop to get the best deal. Cost is a large part of the equation, but there are other factors to consider when choosing a company. Be sure to ask potential movers these questions:
- What size of packing containers are available, and approximately how much will fit in each?
- Based on those estimates, how many units will you need and how much will they cost?
- How long you can keep the crates—both on the front end when you are packing, and after delivery, when you are unpacking.
- How long will the driver take to get to your destination?
- Will you need to purchase extra insurance for your belongings?
- What items can’t you pack? (State laws and company regulations may prevent packing certain substances).
- If you are not moving into your new location right away, will the moving company first deliver to a storage unit, then later pick up and deliver them to your home?
- Will you need to be present to sign for the units when they are delivered to your new location?
Tips for Booking and Packing
To help your You Pack, They Haul experience go as smoothly as possible, TruckRental.net has prepared this checklist for your convenience. Use it to plan and execute your move.
- Pack your belongings before the mobile storage units are delivered.
- Buy boxes, cartons, packing materials, moving blankets, ropes and straps to help secure and protect possessions.
- Keep boxes small to prevent heavy loads.
- Put bigger, heavier things on the bottom and place lighter boxes on top.
- Fill the unit completely full so items do not shift around.
- If necessary, use rope to tie items together to prevent shifting.
- Protect furniture with moving pads or even mattresses.
- Buy a heavy-duty lock—either from the rental company or a hardware store—that is designed to withstand bolt cutters.
- Use a marker to label boxes so you know what is inside when they are delivered.
- Pack items you know you will need immediately last, so you can unload them first.
Let Us Help
For help with your move, go to our Truck Rental page and complete the Quote Request form. We’ll contact you about available companies in your area.