The 4 essential tools to move alone
You have decided to rent a truck to transport your furniture and boxes. What tools are you going to need to make your job easier?
All commercial vehicle rental companies will offer you tools or accessories to facilitate your move. They are not always free and if this is your first move, you may be reluctant to use them or pay an extra cost. Our advice: do not make small savings Some of them can be crucial and you avoid many problems.
Sack Truck or moving trolley
One of the biggest challenges to successfully move is to move heavy objects without “smashing” their backs or falling from exhaustion after an hour. The solution: transport your appliances and heavy furniture with a sack truck. Not only will you save your back, but you will save precious time. Another essential accessory: straps or shadows. They will be very useful to help you get down the stairs with heavy objects.
In the truck nothing should move, everything must be stalled. This will prevent your furniture from colliding and getting damaged during transport. By placing small shims (pads) between each of them, you will put them in safety. You can also protect them by surrounding them with corrugated cardboard.
Cartons, adhesive tapes, bubble wrap, protective covers for your mattresses or sofas … many packing supplies are available at most truck rental companies. You can also buy them on the internet: it will certainly be more economical even if it is not always easy to estimate the quantities needed. Warning: if you want to use your old cartons, test their resistance before … there is a good chance that they are unusable!
If you have a motorcycle, you may prefer to carry it outside the truck. The solution in this case is to rent a trailer and have it towed by the car. In terms of legislation, the opposite is the following:
– the total weight of the trailer and motorcycle load (PTAC or PTC) must be less than 750 kg,
– if the GVC exceeds 750 kg, then the weight of the loaded trailer shall not exceed the curb weight of the car and the aggregate shall not exceed 3.5 tones. It should be noted that above 750 kg of PTC, the trailer must be equipped with brakes.
Another requirement is to declare the trailer (gray card and license plate) if the PTC exceeds 500 kg. Otherwise, it will have the same plate and will be covered by the insurance of the tractor vehicle.