Moving and Packing Tips

Moving Tips

Planning a big move in the near future?

Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind when renting trucks or self-storage unit rentals from Budget.

1. Rates & Availabilities
It is best to reserve trucks mid-week and mid-month. Demand for trucks increases at the end of the month, so if you’re moving mid-month you will get excellent rates on your moving truck! The same applies for storage unit rentals. Make sure you reserve well in advance!

2. Select an Appropriate Truck Size
Visit our truck rental page to select the correct moving truck for your household’s needs. We offer a variety of sizes from 1 ton to 5 ton.

3. Moving Boxes
Don’t pack your possessions in used, dirty boxes They are more prone to break and sully up the contents of the boxes . Contact one of our locations for availability on high-quality, sturdy moving boxes and moving supplies.

4. Recruit Moving Help
Get some friends and family members to lend a hand and help you move. Organize your move ahead of time and make sure everything is packed and ready to go when help arrives. If you need help with packing and loading and want to hire help, check out our moving partners.

5. Have Enough Moving Supplies
There are always things that are easy to overlook when moving, and supplies are no exception. Packing tape, bubble wrap, locks, rope newspapers for kitchenware. For more information on what we sell, visit our moving supplies page or ask a Budget agent about what you’ll need for a successful move.

6. Inquire About Truck Rental Coverage
Many auto insurance companies and major credit cards do not provide coverage for rental truck damage or theft. Give your agent a call to verify what your auto insurance covers. Budget offers optional protection plans and waivers.

Packing Tips

  • Use new boxes. New boxes are sturdy, clean and pest free. Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.
  • Fill each box completely to avoid tipping or collapsing. Stuff open spaces with newsprint.
  • Do not use newspaper to wrap items. The ink rubs off.
  • Use small boxes with heavy duty packing tape to keep out dust.
  • Label boxes on all six sides and keep a list for easy reference.
  • Always put heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter ones on top to prevent boxes from being crushed.
  • Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes.
  • Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily.
  • Pack fragile items separately in a sturdy box marked “FRAGILE”.
  • Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, tablecloths and clothing.
  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick knacks, china and silverware.

Storage Tips

  • Place your items on 2 x 4′ s or pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
  • Utilize all the space in your unit but leave a walkway to the rear of the unit.
  • Use free standing shelves to help organize your unit.
  • Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
  • Be sure to check your unit at least once a month.
  • To protect your items, cover them with moving pads, sheets or light blankets.
  • Do not store food items – this will help prevent any unwanted guests.
  • Do not store any toxins or flammables, such as paint, oil, gasoline, or propane.
  • Use a good quality lock on your door; cheap locks do not provide good security.
  • Disassemble items such as tables and bed frames to save space.
  • Do not use plastic to cover your belongings – it retains moisture.
  • Stand mirrors and paintings on edge.
  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.