Truck rental is always a viable option when you don’t have the budget to hire movers. If you have moved 2 or 3 times, you will be relatively comfortable with DIY moving, which costs significantly less than hiring movers. Getting the right moving truck size is one issue that confounds even people who have experience with moving. But getting the right moving truck is crucial because one that is smaller than needed will necessitate hiring another truck, while it is wasteful to hire a larger rental truck than you need. How do you determine what truck fits your move?
How much are you moving?
What gets to move and what is to be left behind? This is what you should conclude before anything else. This is because there is sometimes the urge to move with junk that has an emotional attachment. That trike that is no longer needed is sentimental, but you can donate it to an orphanage. Sort out through your stuff and pick what you truly need to move. You can always buy a new duvet if space is really tight.
Rule of thumb
Rental trucks are offered in cubic feet. This is the total room from the floor to the roof of the truck’s bed. Unless you are an expert packer, you are unlikely to utilize the full space from floor to roof.
The general rule of thumb when moving a house is that 1 bedroom will need approximately 3 cubic feet. The guideline below can help you when picking the moving truck size.
- 26 cubic feet will be good for 4+ bedrooms
- 24 cubic feet will be good for 3-4 bedrooms
- 17 cubic feet will be good for 2-3 bedrooms
- 14 cubic feet will be good for 1-2 bedrooms
- 10 cubic feet will be good for a studio or small 1-bedroom apartment
You may have a small apartment but hold several large items. Large items that cannot be folded include the fridge, TV, washing machine, old style couches, and tables that cannot be disassembled. If there are a number of these large items, the rule of thumb will not hold. Measure them with a tape measure and do an estimate by multiplying height x length x width, and total them up.
Different moves for different trucks
Moving a small office is different from moving a small apartment. Office items are generally regular shaped and will fit easily into a smaller rental truck, than home items like couches and TVs that must be specially packed.