Home Depot Trailer Rental: The Inside Scoop - Moving.com (2022)

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Not every move requires a full-size moving truck. In some cases, you can get away with something smaller, such as a cargo van or a trailer. And in the latter case, Home Depot is a good place to look. Home Depot trailer rental options include three heavy-duty steel trailer options that can be attached to your vehicle for easy moving, provided you have the right hook-ups in place. If your move requires more space than a moving truck, you can also attach a Home Depot trailer to your truck for added space and utility.

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to figuring out logistics and your moving budget, and that’s true whether you hire a professional moving company or opt to do it on your own. Either route you go, it’s important that you gather as much information as possible before making your final decision, which is why we’ve put together this quick guide on the basics of Home Depot trailer rental, including what your options are and how much you can expect to spend.

What is Home Depot Trailer Rental?

Home Depot trailer rental is an additional service offered by the home improvement giant in addition to their pickup truck, cargo van, and box truck rental services. These convenient trailers offer you the benefit of a little bit more hauling capacity. Great if you need it for your move and may be a good choice for small local moves. It is particularly good for moves that don’t include large and/or bulky furniture items.

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Home Depot Trailer Rental Sizes

You have three different trailer options through Home Depot. Each features an open bed with steel siding that helps keep your belongings in place. (Think you need more space? Check out our guide to truck rentals to find more options.)

Lawn & garden trailer

Trailer size: 3’ x 5’
Weight capacity:
Up to 1,450 pounds.
Special features:
Steel construction, split three-way fold ramp gate, heavy-duty frame, spare tire, tubular siding, LED lighting, four-way trailer plug.

Channel frame trailer

Trailer size: 5’ x 8’
Weight capacity:
Up to 2,140 pounds.
Special features:
Steel construction, split three-way fold ramp gate, heavy-duty frame, spare tire, tubular siding, LED lighting, four-way trailer plug.

Solid wall trailer

Trailer size: 5’ x 8’
Weight capacity:
Not listed.
Special features:
Steel construction, split three-way fold ramp gate, heavy-duty frame, spare tire, tubular siding, LED lighting, four-way trailer plug, high-side design for more security when transporting large, tall, or top-heavy items.

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Home Depot Trailer Rental Cost

Like Home Depot truck rental, Home Depot trailer rental offers transparent pricing that makes it a good option for local moves. While Home Depot will determine your exact pricing at the store, there are no hidden fees. You can also book trailers for a flat rate.

Here’s what you can expect to spend for each Home Depot trailer rental option:

  • Lawn & garden trailer – $14 for four hours, $20 per day, $80 per week, or $240 for four weeks.
  • Channel frame trailer – $27 for four hours, $39 per day, $156 per week, or $468 for four weeks
  • Solid wall trailer – $29 for four hours, $42 per day, $168 per week, or $504 for four weeks

A $100 deposit is required for any trailer rental and is due at pickup, payable by credit card only. You will also need to bring a valid photo I.D. to secure a rental.

What to Know About Renting a Utility Trailer from Home Depot

All rental companies are different regarding the specifics about what they offer and what they don’t. So before opting for Home Depot trailer rental, here are a couple of things to know about what sets them apart.

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1. You’ll need to bring a vehicle with the proper add-on. Utility trailers can’t be attached to every single car. Your vehicle must come fitted with a trailer hitch and hook, as well as a towing package so you know that it can support the added weight.

2. You can’t rent a trailer one-way. Like all Home Depot truck and tool rentals, you will need to rent and return your trailer to the same location. So, Home Depot trailer rental is a convenient choice for local moves but a not-so-convenient one for non-local moves. If you’re transporting items long distance, be sure to rent from a company that allows one-way rentals.

How to Rent a Trailer from Home Depot

Home Depot utility trailers are rented out on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, so you won’t be able to reserve a trailer ahead of time for your move. Just be sure to check the availability of trailers at your nearest locations to see what your options are before you head out. In addition to showing you how many trailers are available at each location, this also gives you the direct line to the store’s rental department so you can contact them if needed and ask any questions that you may have.

Is a Home Depot Trailer Rental Right For You?

As always, you’ll want to research and get quotes from at least three different trailer rental companies to ensure that you get the best deal possible for your move. Here’s how to start the process:

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Step one: Figure out exactly what you need. Your most important variable when choosing a moving truck is making sure that it will be the right size. Follow these general guidelines, keeping in mind that you may have to size up if you have very large furniture or just a lot of stuff (and may be able to consider sizing down if you don’t have a lot to move):

  • Trailer: dorm or move without large furniture
  • Cargo van: dorm or studio apartment
  • 12-foot truck: dorm, studio, or small one-bedroom apartment
  • 16-foot truck: larger one-bedroom apartment
  • 22-foot truck: one to three-bedroom home
  • 26-foot truck: three to five-bedroom home

*Note: Don’t forget that your vehicle will need to have the right attachments to secure a trailer in place. If you don’t have a trailer hitch, hook, and towing package, size up to a cargo van for the next best option.

Step two: Choose your top three picks. Choose three trailer rental companies that offer the sizes and features you need for your move. If Home Depot makes the cut or not will largely depend on if it offers the best price and features for your type of move, as well as if trailers are available in your area. As for everyone else, use our free online list of movers to find vetted, reputable companies wherever your move is taking place.

Step three: Compare pricing. Once you have chosen three (or more) companies to compare, it’s time to reach out for quotes. Home Depot makes this part easy since they offer flat rate pricing and no added fees.

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Connect with a representative by phone or e-mail instead of digging around to find info on your own. Keep an eye out for deals and promotions. A good discount could be a deciding factor between all the companies you’ve researched.

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