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Moving tips from U-Haul

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Renting a moving truck may save you money, but make certain you know what risks you are taking on with regard to insurance.  (See "Rental trucks: You aren't covered")

Do-it-yourself-moving giant U-Haul offers these tips for those planning a move:

  • Check with your insurer ahead of time to see if they cover moving trucks.
  • Plan ahead, especially if you are moving during the prime summer months. Reserve a truck at least a few weeks in advance.
  • Load the heaviest items first and put them on the floor at the front of the truck. Pack all items closely.
  • Pack strategically. Put items that you will need at your new house (towels, sheets, clothes) in a clothes hamper or clearly marked box, so you know where they are located.
  • Give yourself time for the rental process. Be sure to conduct an extensive walk-around inspection of the vehicle. Ask questions and familiarize yourself with the operation of the vehicle.
  • Always secure the back of the truck with a padlock and lock the doors of the vehicle.
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