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By: Judy F.
Budget Truck Rental
The Budget Truck Rental on Highway 31 in Greenwood Indiana was just what we wanted. They had the best price for the move we were doing. They were almost half of any other company. We have done several moves either for us or family and I would have to say this was by far the best truck we have had. It was almost new, had all the comforts you would want. We had a good radio an excellent air conditioning system and comfortable seats. There is not much you can do as for ride comfort on a 26 foot moving truck. They are bumpy at best, but this was certainly better than we had expected. They had the truck all ready to be picked up and they did the paperwork quickly and we were on our way. The owners of this branch were courteous and helpful. A big plus that I think most people would appreciate is there were no hidden costs. So often your quote is not what you pay. I absolutely paid what I had been quoted. For the cost they automatically gave us unlimited miles and four days to deliver the truck to the return location. Traveling over 10 hours away up an down mountains, you really want to know your vehicle is not going to have issues. How nice it was to just be able to travel worry free. I would use them again for future rental truck needs. the only reason I did not give 5 stars is the local phone is not answered and not all questions can be answered by the national company.
Tips & Advices
Yes, it’s best to empty drawers, wardrobes and chests before a move. Items always get knocked around a bit, and doors can fly open even if they’ve been taped. In fact, more often than not, movers will want to remove the drawers from a dresser--or disassemble the wardrobe to be more space-efficient.
Yes, it is customary to tip movers, but the amount varies widely. For full-service moves, a 5 percent tip is suggested, although, for extra service, some people go up to 10 percent . For small local movers, you can give each mover $10 for a few-hour job, or $20-$40 for jobs that take longer.
A bill of lading is the legal contract for the move. It provides a detailed receipt, in addition to a contract between the client and the mover. It authorizes the mover to transport the goods from one specific point to another, and it outlines the exact scope of services, with cost breakdown for those services. It also provides an itemized list of the inventory, and carrier liability protection for each declared item. Finally, it specifies the payment arrangement. Make sure to go over your itemized list extremely carefully before finalizing the paperwork--and get a copy of the full document. A good mover will go over everything on the bill of lading with the customer.
There are several items that moving companies will not move – those items will be listed on a document as “non-allowables.” These items typically fall in three categories: perishables, sentimental/personal items, and hazardous material. Perishables are food and plants. Sentimental/personal value is up to the client to decide, but usually includes jewelry, medical and dental records, personal paperwork, valuables and collectibles. Hazardous material is the tricky category, since it includes a lot of everyday items found in the garage, garden or kitchen. For example, cleaning liquids and pesticides both are considered non-allowable by many companies. Some go so far as to disallow nail polish and batteries.
A binding estimate means that the moving company cannot charge more than the stated amount, though they can lower the final bill if the scope of the job was smaller than expected. A non-binding moving estimate is more likely to wind up costing more than expected, since the movers can increase their rates for unforeseen variables like stairs, “long carry” and materials.

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