Moving to Minneapolis – Part 3 : Choosing a Truck to Transport Your Stuff

Welcome back! We’ve showed you some best practices for how to pack for a move, and last week we covered how to safely handle your boxes out of your home and onto your moving truck. The next step is getting you and all your stuff from your old place to your new home, whether that means a few miles through town or a major cross-country venture.

As always, College Muscle Moves can do it all for you—our trucks will get you and your possessions where they need to be, no problem. But if you want to DIY, that’s an option too, and we’re going to help you get it done.

Choosing The Right Size

It’s possible you can get the job done without a truck. If you don’t have much furniture or other clutter and you don’t mind making a few trips, it may be that all you need is your car—or a friend’s car—and a lot of time to make repeat trips. It sounds like you might be a young college student just getting established in life. In fact, you might be one of our Muscle Movers. Hey guys, get back to work!

If you’re moving a decent-sized apartment or a multi-bedroom house, though, you’re definitely going to want a truck. If you’re moving a small apartment, or travelling a short distance that makes repeat trips painless, a 10-foot mini mover should do the job. You could go all the way up to a 26-foot straight box truck. Remember that it’s a good idea to go for a truck at least 10% larger than you think you’ll need.

A too-large truck is definitely better than a too-small truck. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
A too-large truck is definitely better than a too-small truck.
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Choosing a Rental Agency and Making a Reservation

You probably know the big names in truck rental. There’s Budget, Penske, U-Haul, Ryder, and usually a few local options that you’ve seen on the streets around town.

Each company has different strengths and different scales of payment. Paying by the hour, by the day, or by mileage is one common difference. Some offer essential equipment like moving dollies while others will charge a fee for them. Prices will also vary depending on whether you’re making a one-way move or willing to return the truck to its original location.

Your best bet is to make a clear plan for exactly what you want and when you want it, and then to call multiple agencies to compare prices and terms—checking four or five options is a good idea.

Make sure you make a complete plan and prepare a reservation well in advance! In particular, June through September is typically the busy season for moving, and you can expect higher prices and a need for earlier reservations. In less busy seasons, two weeks should be sufficient.

You can also expect additional fees to cover rental insurance, and when you’re done, be sure to fill up the gas tank—there’ll be an unpleasant additional fee if the agency has to take care of that detail for you.

Other Options

Renting a truck can be hassle—it’s one of the reason College Muscle Movers is such a successful business: We handle all that headache for you. You just pay a flat free and get exactly what you need.

But there’s another interesting option if you’d rather not rent a truck. Try checking out PODS—this service simply drops off a large crate at your home. You take as long as you need to fill it up, then let the service know you’re ready. They’ll bring their own truck to pick up your ‘pod’ and bring it wherever you need, even cross-country, or they’ll store it for you until you’ve got your new place ready.

It can be a little pricey, and they won’t help you load and unload, but if your biggest concern is transportation and you want to take your sweet time with packing and unpacking, it’s worth looking into this option.