TIPS ON RENTING A U-HAUL
As the name suggests and most people already know U-Haul is a rental service for trucks, trailers and other towing devices so that you can move property from one location to another and are known to the wider public as a service that helps you move. The beauty of using this behemoth company in this space is that they offer truly the best services and have rental trucks and vans located all over the place. You'll often find that some big chain convenience stores even have them for rental at your convenience, which is great if you are moving property within a small area.
When you're moving property within one locale things are quite simple. You simply rent the truck, trailer or towing device that you want as a set rate and then you pay per mile driven on top of the set rate. For instance if you just need a pickup for 4 hours and you're going to deliver it back to its pick up location you can expect to pay about $20 + 40 cents to the mile. Pretty straight forward.
Long Haul Services
Long Haul Services are essentially one-way move rates. This means that you don't have to return the truck, which truly is the crux of this service. The price will vary based on the size of the truck you use, where you pick it up from, where you're going to drop it off and the date you're going to use it. You're going to be able to plug all of this information in on the U-Haul website and get a quote, the website will also determine the amount of allowed mileage and the amount of rental days.
You can extend both the miles and the days you rent, but you'll simply have to pay the flat rate for them. For trucks you will have to pay $40 per extra day, for trailers and towing devices it will be $20 for each extra day. The mileage charge for each extra one-way mile is going to be 40 cents just as with a round-trip local move. It's also important to realize that there will be a security deposit required which is generally $100 on top of the estimated cost of the rental. This will cover any overages and you will be given a refund of the difference upon returning the rental.
Sometimes you will be required to stop at weigh stations. Most jurisdictions in Canada and the US do not require you to stop to weigh with a U-Haul because you're moving residential as opposed to commercial goods, but you should make sure to figure out the laws along your perspective travel route. When it doubt, stop at the weigh station and find out.
It is an expected courtesy for you to fill up the gas tank of the truck when you're done, but at a minimum please make sure that you fill it to the same level it was before you started using it.
Keeping your costs low when moving.
You've got a lot of things to worry about when you're moving into a new home and the last thing you're going to need is added costs associated with logistics. To be sure to avoid extra costs make sure that you extensively plan your route and account for any unexpected pit stops you might require as well as weather, which can be a major factor. If you take a U-Haul for 5 days, but return it on the 4th day you will not get a refund for that last day, so make sure you don't overpay. On the other hand you don't want to rush either, you need to be safe in your move. These are all things you're going to have to consider.
Another way to avoid extra costs when moving with U-Haul is to make sure that you only get a vehicle that is the perfect size to fit the things you want to move. Obviously if you get a truck that is bigger than you need you're going to be wasting resources for yourself. At the same time you don't want to get a truck that is too small, making it so that you cannot bring all of your property.