If you are making a long-distance move, factor in the costs of
food and lodging.
Most people are familiar with the common moving truck or rental van. These
can be found at many different locations, such as service stations, and
equipment rental stores. They are ideal for very small moves that can be easily
accomplished in one day. A do-it-yourself move means just that-you must buy or
acquire your own packing materials, and arrange for a crew of people to load and
unload the truck.
Larger trucks may require the driver to possess a special driver's license,
depending on the jurisdiction, than is required to operate a car or small truck.
You need to check with the jurisdictions the truck will be operating through-not
just the requirements at origin and destination.
You also need to be sure that you know how to drive the truck that you rent.
Some companies offer units with power steering and brakes, other do not. An
automatic transmission may or may not be available. Remember, these are real
trucks-not modified cars. They handle differently than a car. They have large
blind spots, and proper mirror use is mandatory for safe operation. They are top
heavy and must be driven slower, and braking distances are longer. The driver
must be careful when changing lanes and be aware of overhangs and other
obstructions that don't pose problems to ordinary cars. Backing can be a
Successful do-it-yourself moves
are those moves where the load is small and manageable, and where the distance between origin and destination are modest.
Doing it yourself when there are large amounts of furniture, or more valuable
possessions, are less successful because of the greater chance of damage, not to
mention the longer amount of time needed to complete the move.
When renting a truck in Illinois for a do-it-yourself move, you must make sure that the
truck is large enough for its intended use, without being too large. Rental
agency operators say that the most common problem is people renting vehicles
that are too small or large for the job at hand.