Choosing the Right Size Move Truck

What Size Move Truck is Needed

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How much stuff do you have?

Go through your home room-by-room and make a list of the major pieces of furniture you have. Include the large items like beds, dressers, dining room tables. Include any items that will not fit into a box. You also should consider your move: Is it in-town or one-way? For in-town moves, you may be more likely to pack less things and just place them in the truck loose, requiring more space in the back of your truck.

Once you have your list prepared, visit your local dealer, or go to their website. They will typically have guidelines to help you decide which size equipment best matches your needs. There are 2 common ways these will be broken down:

A.)  By Number of Bedrooms: This is the simplest and easiest method for determining what size you need. Most customer feedback says this is how they chose their moving truck and that it got the job done right.  The truck rental company will list their moving truck’s capacity in terms of bedrooms in your home for simplicity. Going along with the company’s general estimate saves time, but remember that they are only estimates based on the typical furniture in any given room. For example, one bedroom may consist of a queen sized bed, a dresser, and 2 nightstands. If the rooms in your house have a ton of larger furniture, you must assume that it will take up more space on the truck. If you are on the brink between truck rental sizes, it is best to be safe rather than sorry and go big. If you are unable to find a guide, here is a general starting point:

  • Cargo van to 10′ moving truck: studio apartment
  • 15-foot moving truck: two bedrooms or less
  • 20-foot moving truck: two to three bedrooms
  • 26-foot moving truck: four+ bedrooms

B.)  By Cubic Feet: Instead of categorizing their truck sizes by number of rooms, some companies may offer the cubic feet measurement of storage for each truck. If you are one that wants to do the measurements and calculations. Then this is your best option. In this instance, it’s best to take the list you made, and insert the numbers into an online calculator. In addition to using an online calculator, you can use a general rule of thumb and allow at least 150-200 cubic feet per of truck space per fully furnished room. Remember, though, that this too is only an estimate. If your home is very full of furniture you will want to allow more space.

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