If you’ve moved multiple times in your life, chances are you’ve rented a moving truck from one of the nation’s leading carriers. While this does provide the convenience of being able to pack everything into the truck how you want it, you most likely will only have the truck for a specific amount of time, and it’s important to factor in what the truck will cost in terms of time and gas money. At Billy Goat Moving & Storage, we know that you want the best value and best service during your move, and we strive to provide both of those during every move we complete. In this blog, we’ll cover some of the pros and cons of hiring a local moving company or renting your own truck.
Weighing the Costs
Cost is usually the most important factor for every move, and as a homeowner, you want to be sure you’re not spending more than you have to. If you rent a truck, you’ll have to factor in the cost of the vehicle itself, the gas it needs, and the money you may be losing by taking time off work to pack and drive the truck to your new residence.
Driving the Truck
Speaking of driving the truck, it’s important to consider whether or not you feel confident driving a vehicle that’s up to 20 feet long. Standard moving trucks don’t require a special license to drive, but unless you feel comfortable braking, turning, and merging with traffic while behind the wheel of such a large vehicle, it might be better to leave the driving to the professionals. It’s true that when you rent your own truck you can set your own timetable for getting to your destination, but if you’re worried that you may hit a parked car while maneuvering down a one-way street to your new apartment, it might not be worth it.
Finding Help to Pack and Move
If you have several rooms to pack and lots of furniture to move, it can be quite daunting to take it all on yourself. Even if there are two of you, carrying every chair, couch, and dresser to the truck can take quite a bit of time. It can be smart to hire friends or family members for the day, but that also means you’ll have to pay them something (even if it’s in the form of pizza and beer). It’s also important to remember that if they help you move, they may call on you to return the favor when it comes time for them to move to a new house.
Trusting a Moving Company
We understand that trusting complete strangers with your things can be a bit unnerving, and you don’t know if they’ll treat your belongings with care and respect. At Billy Goat, we take extra time and caution to pack your things properly, carry them to the truck with care, and place them in an appropriate spot where they won’t get damaged during transit. We’ll also work with you on a time that works best for you to move, so you don’t have to rearrange your life just to get moved into a new home.
When you need a moving company in Fort Collins, call us today!