If it's time to move, and you want to do it yourself, renting a moving truck is the way to go. Most rental trucks are available for cross-town moves, as well as cross-country moves. One of the benefits of renting a truck to move is that you control your own timeline. That means you won't be rushed to meet the schedule of your movers. There are some things you'll need to take into consideration, however. Here are four things you'll need to know if you're going to rent a do-it-yourself moving truck:

You Should Get Some Help

If you're going to be renting a truck for your next move, you'll need to get some help with the heavy lifting. While moving yourself will save you time and money, you're going to be doing all the work for yourself. Take the work out of your move by enlisting the help of friends and family members.

You'll Need Additional Insurance Coverage

When you rent your moving truck, you'll be asked if you want to purchase the additional insurance coverage. While this additional insurance does cost a few extra dollars, it's worth it for the peace-of-mind you'll receive, especially if you're not sure your own auto insurance will cover any damages. It's important to keep in mind that the insurance you'll purchase through the rental agency will only cover damages to the truck. It won't cover damages to other vehicles. This is important to know if you're involved in an accident while driving a rental truck.

You Should Pad Your Gas Budget

If you're going to be moving cross-country, gas mileage, and your gas budget will be important. Most moving trucks don't get particularly good gas mileage, which means you might be spending more money for gas than you expected. One way to avoid going over your budget, or to avoid running out of moving money before you get to your final destination is to pad your gas budget. Instead of planning your gas budget around 30 miles per gallon, plan it around 15 miles per gallon.

You'll Need to Account for Additional Mileage

When it comes to cross-country moves, most rental companies will charge you by the mile. When planning your moving budget, it's important that you plan for additional mileage. Even if you plan on going directly from point A to point B, you may take several side-trips and pit stops. Each one of those stops will add mileage to your to your trip, which will increase the costs of your move. When creating your budget for your move, be sure to include additional mileage. This will help you avoid hidden costs when your drop it off.

Contact a company like Lake County Storage of Round Lake Heights for more information and assistance.