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If you’re planning to move in the near future, you may be weighing the pros and cons of a DIY move versus hiring professional movers. Many people who go the DIY route choose to rent U-Haul vans or box trucks to move their belongings. This article will explore the pros and cons of DIY moving, focusing especially on the advantages and disadvantages of using U-Haul vans and box trucks.
Operating since 1945, U-Haul is the largest self-storage and self-move company in North America, with over 20,000 locations and a huge fleet of vehicles. It has become a household name for moving truck and van rentals. Its self-services include trailers, trucks, towing devices, and self-storage services across North America. Many people opting for a DIY move are drawn to U-Haul rentals because they allow convenient, cost effective access to a moving truck without the cost and responsibilities of owning one.
With numerous locations across the US and Canada, customers can pick up and return their vehicles anytime. For customers who need temporary storage solutions, U-Haul offers self-storage units with security cameras and individually alarmed rooms as well as storage containers in a secure warehouse. Finally, for those who want to transport their car, U-Haul also offers towing services that are capable of towing cars on a car carrier.
The primary advantage of renting a U-Haul truck rather than a U-Haul cargo van is space. Unlike smaller U-Haul cargo vans, U-Haul box trucks can handle greater loads. According to U-Haul’s website, the 10 ft. box truck is ideal for a one-bedroom apartment move, the 15 ft. box truck is ideal for a two-bedroom apartment or condo move, the 17 ft. box truck is ideal for a larger apartment and condo move, the 20 ft. box truck is ideal for a two or three-bedroom home and large apartment move, and the 26 ft. box truck is ideal for a large, three to five-bedroom home move.
However, box truck rentals are significantly more difficult to drive and park, especially through narrow streets and busy urban areas with limited parking options. This can make navigating the move stressful and even dangerous. Box truck rentals are also more expensive than cargo van rentals.
Budget friendly option for local moves. Many people choose to rent a U-Haul because it is more cost effective than hiring a reputable, professional moving company. However, it’s worth noting the potential costs associated with a DIY move. Inexperienced (not to mention uninsured) movers can sustain personal injuries that come at a great cost. Due to a lack of expertise, tools and experience, DIY movers often also cause costly damage to their home and belongings during the moving process. Competitively priced professional moving companies like All Jersey Moving & Storage know how to safely transport your belongings so you don’t have to worry about expensive DIY moving damages.
Wide date availability. If you need to move at a specific date and time during the height of the busy moving season, renting a U-Haul will likely give you the availability you need. That’s because there are over 20,000 locations across the US and Canada. However, there are professional moving companies like All Jersey Moving & Storage that do their utmost to accommodate last-minute moving requests, even on weekends and during busy periods. If you prefer to use a moving company, try to book your preferred dates in advance, but don’t assume you have to tackle a DIY move without first seeing if your moving date needs can be accommodated.
Roadside Assistance. If you’ve decided to execute your own move, knowing that you have roadside assistance will give you peace of mind that you’ll have the help you need should you encounter trouble with your vehicle. U-Haul provides roadside assistance for every move.
Confusing price quotes and hidden fees. U-Haul’s price quotes can be confusing, with rental costs varying depending on the truck you are renting. Some factors like your move date, taxes, mileage, environmental fees, moving coverage, and other add-on services can increase your fees.
Many people getting ready for a residential move choose to hire professional movers to take care of moving their belongings. They do so because working with a moving company can help save time and reduce anxiety, as well as ensure their home and belongings will be safe and secure throughout the moving process. With a widely-recommended professional moving company like All Jersey Moving & Storage, you don’t need to worry about.
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Some people don’t have the time or energy to execute a labor intensive DIY move. Many other people simply aren’t comfortable with the risks and liabilities involved in DIY moving. For people who feel the cons of using a U-Haul far outweigh the pros and for those executing larger scale moves, a professional moving company is a more appropriate choice.
Whether you’re moving across the country, to a neighboring state, or simply down the street, All Jersey Moving & Storage has got you covered.
All Jersey Moving & Storage is a mover with experience, knowledge and passion to plan and execute stress-free residential moves. We also have expertise and particular knowledge of moving specialized items like pianos, artwork, antiques and exercise equipment; provide containerized storage options and are experts at handling last minute and special moves.
Whether you’re moving within, to, or from New Jersey, around the corner or across the country, the All Jersey Moving & Storage team will help you from start to finish with excellent customer service and a stress-free move.
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