Although Eckert’s Moving and Storage doesn’t recommend a DIY move for moving out of state, renting a truck for smaller local relocations can save you money. One of the more popular brand names is U-Haul and you can find dozens of places throughout San Diego County that rents a wide range of sizes where these trucks are concerned. While you may already know where to find a U-Haul in San Diego, there are a number of other important aspects that need to be considered with a DIY move.
What is the first consideration when renting a U-Haul truck?
The first step in renting a U-Haul truck is to determine the size of vehicle needed for your move. As there are numerous sizes to choose from, selecting the right one for your move can be a bit challenging. In addition to trailers that can be towed behind your vehicle, U-Haul rents cargo vans and the following 6 different size trucks:
- 8’ pickup truck
- 10’ truck
- 15’ truck
- 17’ truck
- 20’ truck
- 26’ truck
This should help take some of the guesswork out of your DIY moving project once you’ve determined where to find a U-Haul in San Diego. We have the experience and skills to walk you through all the steps to facilitate the move, so if you have any questions, call us.
So how do you know what size U-Haul truck to rent?
If you’re moving locally within San Diego County, Eckert’s Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company and offers the most convenience for moving any size home. However, if you decided on a DIY move, you’ll need to determine the size of the rental truck needed to move your furniture and household belongings. Here is a breakdown of the truck size needed based on the number of bedrooms in the home:
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One of the key features of these box trucks is that they are designed with the driver and passenger’s comfort and safety in mind. All U-Haul vehicles are equipped with air bags and air conditioning so that you have a more pleasant, safer experience.
Should you purchase insurance?
We know the importance of insurance when it comes to protecting the customer’s personal belongings. However, moving truck insurance is also recommended once you’ve determined where to find a U-Haul in San Diego. No matter if it’s a local or long-distance relocation, purchasing some type of moving truck insurance in addition to your auto and homeowner’s insurance is always a good idea. You have several choices where this is concerned including:
- auto tow protection
- damage waivers
- personal accident and cargo insurance
- supplemental liability insurance
How much will it cost to rent a U-Haul truck?
Once you know where to find a U-Haul in San Diego, the next question is “How much will be renting a U-Haul cost?” In most cases, the cost of renting a truck will depend on two factors – duration of the move and size of the truck. Keep in mind that the price advertised won’t be the final price as there will also be additional charges such as environmental fees and taxes. To get a better idea of your final cost, Eckert’s Moving and Storage recommends using the following formula:
Rental truck + liability ins. + enviro. fee + taxes + mileage + fuel = final U-Haul cost
Although we don’t recommend long-distance DIY moves, we’ve included them here to give you an idea of what you’d be paying for that type of move:
Local moving costs – rates start at $19.95 for cargo vans and 8’ pickup trucks plus the additional fees listed above in the cost formula. Your larger trucks will cost an additional $10 to $20 more per day. Mileage fees will range from $0.59 to $0.99 per mile. There will also be a refill charge if the truck is returned with an empty gas tank. Additionally, a local one-way move will cost an additional $125.
Long-distance moving costs – if you’re moving from San Diego to Seattle for example (1,250 miles), and it takes 3 days to make the trip, it will cost approximately:
- $1,600 / 10’ truck
- $1,700 / 15’ truck
- $1,900 / 17’ truck
- $2,100 / 20’ truck
- $2,500 / 26’ truck
To learn more about where to find a U-Haul in San Diego and what is involved when renting one for your move, call Eckert’s Moving and Storage at (888) 274-7230 at your earliest convenience. Additionally, if you did the math and found out that hiring full-service movers like us might turn out to be cost effective, we are here to shoulder the responsibility of your relocation completely. Call us now and let’s get started.