Home Depot Moving Truck Rental Review
So, you’re moving! Change is in the air. Here’s to new beginnings! Only . . . I hate to break it to you, but that couch is not going to fit in your car.
This is where Home Depot might be able to help you out. Not only will they rent you a truck that will fit your couch (and everything else in your house), but they’ll also sell you some duct tape. You never know when that’ll come in handy.
Home Depot has teamed up with Penske Truck Rental to offer large, long-distance truck rentals on top of their smaller “Load ‘n’ Go” vehicles. If you’re up for it, you can save money—and even get a good workout—doing a DIY move with a Home Depot truck rental.
|Size of truck||12 ft.||16 ft.||22 ft.||26 ft.|
Type of truck
|Penske Box Truck||Penske Box Truck||Penske Box Truck||Penske Box Truck|
|Dimensions||12 ft. x 6 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 1 in.||16 ft. x up to 7 ft. 7 in. x up to 6 ft. 6 in.||21 ft. 11 in. x up to 8 ft. 1 in. x up to 8 ft. 1 in.||25 ft. 11 in. x up to 8 ft. 1 in. x up to 8 ft. 1 in.|
|Weight limit||3,100 lbs.||4,300 lbs.||10,000 lbs.||10,000 lbs.|
|# of rooms it holds||1–2 rooms||2–3 rooms||3–5 rooms||5–7 rooms|
|See details||Get a quote||Get a quote||Get a quote||Get a quote|
|Home Depot flatbed||Home Depot cargo van||Home Depot moving box truck*|
|Type of truck||Flatbed pickup||Cargo van||Box truck|
|Dimensions||6 ft. x 8 ft.||4.5 ft. x 5.8 ft.||515 cubic ft. (exact dimensions vary)|
|Weight limit||3,000 lbs.||3,000 lbs.||Varies by size*|
|# of rooms it holds||Several large furniture items or appliances||1 room / several pieces of furniture||1–2 rooms|
|See details||Get Quote||Get Quote||Get Quote|
*Home Depot box trucks come in a variety of sizes. Check with your local Home Depot store location to see what’s available near you.
How Home Depot truck rental works
It’s just like renting a movie—except it has wheels and an engine and no Ryan Gosling.
There are actually two different truck rental systems at Home Depot, depending on whether you’re staying local or moving across state lines. Lucky for you, they’re both pretty simple.
If you’re looking to rent a smaller vehicle for a quick, local project, you’ll want to go with one of Home Depot’s branded vans or trucks. (Or you could hire someone else to do it for you.) These trucks can’t be reserved beforehand, can be rented only by the hour, and must be returned to the same location where you picked them up.
If you’re looking for a larger truck for a long-distance, multi-day move, then Home Depot can hook you up with a Penske truck. You can book these vehicles online, pay by the day, and return them to nearly any Home Depot in North America (you’ve got about 2,200 to choose from).1
No matter which service you go with, you’ve got the convenience of picking up your truck from a hardware store. This makes it easy to buy some last-minute packing tape for your boxes or some spackle to touch up your house before your move out.
What you get with Home Depot truck rentals
You can’t always get what you want—or can you?
Home Depot has so many rental options that it’s like, well, a depot. With its flatbed trucks, vans, and box trucks, Home Depot has seven distinct vehicles to choose from. If you need some add-ons, there are trailer and tow dollies available for rent. You can even hire helpers on the spot!
|Local round-trip rentals||Yes|
|Long-distance one-way rentals||Yes (for Penske trucks)|
|Multiple truck sizes||Yes|
|Moving/packing supplies available||Yes|
|Low ramps (for easy loading)||No|
|Online reservations||Yes (for Penske trucks)|
|Furniture pads||Yes ($12 for a dozen)|
|Request a Fee Quote||Get a Quote|
As you can see, the only major features that Home Depot lacks are those EZ-load ramps and toll passes. While those aren’t exactly deal-breakers for most renters, a high load clearance can be a pain in the back (literally). So before you go with Home Depot trucks, make sure that’s not a deal-breaker for you.
Again, your protection plan will depend on whether you’re doing a local move or a long-distance one.
For Home Depot branded vehicles (vans and small trucks), you have to be 21 years old at least and have proof of your own insurance to rent. There are no additional insurance/protection options.
When it comes to renting a Penske truck at Home Depot, someone at the store will likely push you to buy the Limited Damage Waiver.
Limited Damage Waiver
- Covers all loss or damage to the vehicle during your rental period with some exceptions
But you probably don’t need that. (The website tries to scare you with an image showing the cost of damage without the added protection—$1,216 for a plastic bumper?).
Penske has several other protection plans, some of which you can combine with the limited damage waiver.
Supplemental Liability Insurance
- Protects renter and authorized drivers against any third-party claims
- Covers damage to furniture and possessions in the vehicle up to $15,000
Personal Accident Insurance
- Pays for medical costs of vehicle occupants in case of an accident
Home Depot moving experience
It’s a choose your own adventure story and you’re the hero. (No pressure.)
Sure, you could hire some professionals to move your stuff for you. But you’re the adventurous type, and you’d prefer to march to the beat of your own V8 engine. (Or maybe you just want to save some money.)
With Home Depot’s many truck rental features, you can make your move your own. There are, however, some basic things you should expect your moving experience to include.
Pricing and quotes
This is probably the most dreaded part of any truck rental experience: figuring out how much you’re actually going to have to pay. Thankfully, Home Depot truck rental pricing is pretty simple.
For local moves with Home Depot–branded vehicles, you’ll be charged by the hour. It’s $19–$29 (depending on the vehicle) for the first 75 minutes of use, and then $5 for every 15 minutes after that. (Be careful, those 15 minute intervals can add up fast!)
When it comes to long-distance moves with Penske trucks, there’s an online quote tool. And—we never thought we’d say this—we love this online quote tool.
First of all, you don’t have to give up your personal contact information to get a quote—woohoo! No sales calls! All you have to do is choose your starting and ending locations, and it’ll show you the pricing for each of its four truck sizes.
When we put in a test case (going from Chicago, Illinois to Dallas, Texas) we were given a quote for $896 for 12- and 16-foot trucks, and almost double that ($1,682) for the 22- and 26-foot trucks. That would get us 5 days and unlimited mileage ($100 for each additional day).
For comparison, that’s cheaper than U-Haul’s smaller trucks, but a bit more than the larger ones. And it’s significantly cheaper (think in the thousands of dollars) than hiring a full-service mover like United Van Lines.
Making your reservation
Many truck rental companies (like Budget and Enterprise) won’t guarantee your rental reservation. This is also true for Home Depot’s local rentals. You can check availability online, but it’s first come, first served at the store.
For Home Depot’s Penske rentals, you can get a little piece of mind with a guaranteed reservation—which you can make online or over the phone.
Packing your truck
You’ve picked up your truck, you’ve loaded up on snacks for the big day, and you’ve packed up all your books, clothing, and electronics (or maybe you need some packing tips to help you get started). Now it’s time to get it all on the truck.
This step will be much easier if you have some friends (you can always hire some “friends” to help you at Home Depot) and a hand cart (you can rent one from Home Depot for $15) to help you out.
You might want to put plastic down in the truck to protect against dirt. Remember to load from front to back, heavier items first. Throw some furniture pads in there to keep the wood dresser scrape-free.
Most importantly, make sure to check the weight limit of your truck!
Truck’s loaded—good work! Grab a snack, drink some water, and then get ready for a road trip.
When you’re used to driving an Accord or even an F-150, it can be a real shock to get behind the wheel of a 22-foot truck. Just take it slow and make sure to double-check your route before you go, since some roads or bridges won’t allow big trucks.
If you do get into a fender-bender, make sure to take pictures, call your insurance, and file a police report for documentation.
Drop-off is easy. Just make sure to fill up before you get there so you’re not charged for gas. (Truck rental companies must use the most expensive gas station in the world.) If you’d rather skip this whole driving-a-giant-truck part, but you don’t want to shell out for a full-service mover like Best Interstate Moving and Storage, then you might want to check out PODS Moving Containers.
Recap: Is Home Depot a good truck rental company?
You came for the drill bits, but you left with a 26-foot truck—it happens.
Home Depot? Isn’t that where you go to buy the replacement washer for your kitchen sink? Well, yes, but it turns out they actually have truck rentals too. Truck rentals that rank among the best.
Features: Price transparency—check! Towing capability—check! EZ-load ramps—not so much.
Reservations: Local moving trucks are first come, first served, but long-distance Penske trucks have one of the best online quote and reservation systems we’ve seen.
Packing: Multiple truck sizes, for-hire help, and extra supplies can make packing your Home Depot truck easy-peasy.
Moving: It’s simple once you’ve gotten used to driving a vehicle the size of a blue whale.
Still not sure what you think? Try getting a quote for your move. Then you can compare that to quotes from competitors to help you make a choice.
- Home Depot, “Built from Scratch”