Moving Tips for the Young and the Old

How Do You Pick The Right Size For Your Moving Truck?

One issue many people have when moving is selecting the right size truck to get the job done. This can be a bit tough for the average person to figure out since you are not that great at estimating the square footage of everything in your home. Here are some tips for figuring out the right size moving truck for your upcoming move. 

Count The Rooms In Your Home 

An easy way to figure out the truck size is to count up the rooms in your home. That is because you'll often see truck size estimates based on the number of bedrooms since that gives a general idea of how big the house is. That small studio apartment may only need a 10-foot truck, but a large 3 bedroom home will require a 26-foot truck. 

Account For Your Large Items

The next thing that you need to do is figure out what large items that you'll be bringing with you, and if you need a larger truck to accommodate them. For example, many people end up leaving their kitchen appliances in their old home since they go with the sale, but you may be taking with you an extra refrigerator in the garage or the large chest freezer in the basement. These large items are not often considered when using the number of bedrooms to estimate the size of the truck that you'll need.

You also need to think beyond the home and what other items outside your home that you will be bringing. Do you have a lot of patio furniture? Is there a riding lawn mower that you'll be taking with you? Do you have a large aquarium that is going to take up a lot of room on the truck? These can also be motivating factors to get a larger truck.

Count Your Boxes

Another tip to figure out the right size truck is to count up your boxes. It is very easy to create some rough estimates of how much room your boxes will take up based on the dimensions of the boxes themselves. You can even stage your boxes in your garage to see how much room they take up when they are all stacked as if they were on the back of a moving truck.

Worried about picking the right size truck? Consider local moving companies for a stress-free experience. They'll be bringing a truck that is much bigger than what is needed, and you don't have to worry about driving it yourself.