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Interstate Moving From NJ To Virginia – Tips For Moving With A Rented Moving Truck

If you want to save money during the interstate moving process from NJ to Virginia, you may choose to rent a moving truck instead of hiring long distance movers. So here are a few helpful tips you can use to streamline this process, and make your DIY move easier!

1. Get The Truck That’s The Right Size For Your Home

Your truck rental company can help you determine what size of truck may be right for your home. As a rule, you’ll need:

  • A 10 or 12-foot box truck for a studio or small, 1-2 bedroom apartment
  • A 15, 16 or 17-foot box truck for an average 2-3 bedroom apartment, condo, or home
  • A 20, 22, or 26-foot box truck for a 3-5 bedroom home, or if you have a smaller home lots of stored stuff

Consider how much stuff you have, and whether or not you have bulky or oversized furniture – a king-size mattress, for example, won’t usually fit in a 10 or 12-foot box truck.

2. Consider Additional Rental Insurance

It may cost extra, but additional rental insurance can protect you from damages when driving your rented truck – which can give you peace of mind if you’ve never driven a large box truck before.

3. Schedule Your Rental Early

You should arrange your truck rental at least 2 weeks in advance, if possible. Rental trucks are in high demand – particularly in peak moving season. You don’t want to end up without the truck you need on your moving day, so plan ahead.

4. Look For Features To Help You Load Your Stuff

A truck with a loading ramp, powered lift gate, or a low loading deck will make it much easier to load up your stuff. Your truck rental company may also rent out additional equipment like dollies, hand trucks, and moving blankets for an extra fee.

5. Familiarize Yourself With Your Rental Vehicle Before You Load It Up

Driving a box truck is pretty much the same as driving a car, but for safety’s sake, it can be a good idea to head to an empty parking lot to get familiar with how it feels, make sure you know where the controls (windshield wipers, lights, etc.) are located, and to get comfortable driving the vehicle.

Not Ready To Rent A Truck? Let Our Interstate Movers Help!

A DIY move with a rented truck can be difficult to plan and execute. If you’re short on time and can’t work out the logistics on your own, you don’t have to! American Movers can load up your stuff in New Jersey, transport it in one of our vans or trucks, and drop it off at your new home in Virginia. You won’t have to lift a finger. To get a free quote, contact us online or give us a call at 1-800-982-0130.