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5 moves to cut moving van costs

Keep the van as briefly as possible
Keep the van as briefly as possible © Chuck Wagner/Shutterstock.com

Keep the van as briefly as possible

Van rentals usually give you a set time period to keep the truck, with extra charges for late returns, so you'll want to keep the vehicle for as short a time as possible.

That means making sure you've packed before picking up the van, then getting your stuff unloaded as soon as you arrive at your destination, possibly by temporarily putting things in your new driveway or front yard.

"You might want to unload the truck quickly and take it back rather than having it sit in the front yard while you set up your new house," U-Haul's Howell says."You really want to do as much as possible without the truck."

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