The eyes can be very deceiving when it comes to guesstimating the size of the truck you will need to rent for your impending move. Most of the time people end up renting a smaller truck than they need and it is never fun ending up doing two trips for all your stuff. It costs more and the work involved is unimaginable especially when you need to cover a long distance. So just how much space do you need to move all your things?
Measure in cubic feet
Most moving trucks are already rated by the moving company just how much stuff it can carry. This is often measured in cubic feet and should be helpful enough for some to somehow get an idea if the truck is enough for all their things. This is of course IF you are an expert packer because even though the space from floor to roof of the truck is measured already, you really cannot pack up the truck so completely. If you are solely relying on this metrics (cubic feet) rent the truck larger than your initial estimate just so you have enough allowance to pack it all in.
Always think about your belongings
Because moving companies like Ryder try hard to make it easier for their customers to guesstimate the truck size they need to move all their things, they go beyond the cubic meter measurement and just tell them a more “contextualized” metrics. For example a 30 cubic feet truck can hold around 3 rooms worth of furniture. This of course a figure of approximation and would largely depend on just how much you have in one room.
This kind of approximation however is based on the minimum furniture content of a typical room. Perhaps one sofa and two coffee table chairs would be just about right for the determination given by the truck company. But what if you have a sectional-type living room set? Or maybe you are a minimalist and you only have a recliner in your living room? This actual room content can definitely change your “3-rooms-worth-of-furniture” measurement. But at least now you have an idea just how big a truck you need for your move.
Why getting the best truck size is very important
The hassles and risks involved when you get the rental truck size wrong are significant. If you end up renting a moving van that is too small for your stuff you might end up unloading all your things and renting a bigger truck (then loading it all up again). If that is not ideal for your schedule considerations then you might be forced to leave some things behind but of course you still have to deal with those things sooner or later and the work involved in doing so is just enormous. Renting too big of a truck for your move is also not good because it means you have to much space inside the truck that your things would be tossed around too much you will risk damaging your stuff. Getting the right sized truck the first time is the key. If you are not so sure, perhaps hiring a moving company can ensure your smooth relocation.