If you're planning a move in the near future, you may already be pricing out the cost of a rental truck to haul your belongings from your current home to your new one. But in some cases, even the most expansive rental truck won't be big enough to handle an extra-large piece of furniture, a non-functional vehicle, or anything else that can't be easily transported from place to place. Often, it can make sense to rent a truck with a flatbed trailer to haul these items. Read on for three things you'll need to know before renting a flatbed truck for your move.
You'll Need Plans for Loading and Unloading
Flatbed trailers are uniquely equipped to move large, heavy, or unwieldy items from one location to another. But often, getting these large items on and off the trailer can be far more challenging than the move itself. Before you get started, you may want to invest in things like tow or lifting straps, dollies that can provide the item with some wheels, and other measures designed to ensure you'll be able to move your item with minimal wear and tear on your body.
You'll Need a Weather Plan
Even if the items you're moving won't be harmed by any rain, snow, or road debris they encounter on the way, you may want to put a plan in place if you run into inclement weather during your move. Depending on the height and size of your items, weather conditions like strong winds could pose a danger and require you to secure your items much more tightly. Other items may need to be securely covered by a tarp or even shrink-wrapped with water-resistant wrap to prevent them from getting wet or dirty on the way to your new home.
You'll Need to Give Yourself Plenty of Time
With many truck rental companies charging a by-the-day rate, it can be tempting to try to get your move finished as quickly as possible to avoid paying for an extra day (or more) of rental time. But it's usually a good idea to give yourself a bit of a cushion to avoid having to rush and risking injury or damage to your items. At the end of a long day of packing and moving, it's almost always better to rest and start fresh in the morning rather than attempting to unload or maneuver a large, heavy piece of furniture or equipment.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at CCI Crane & Transport, Inc.