One of the most important things to remember when moving is getting the right size moving truck. If you get a truck that is too small, you'll be making more than one trip, and increasing the cost of the move, for a local move. And if you are moving cross-country, you might have to unload the items you have already put on the truck, hope you can find a larger truck, and then reload it.
Before you move ask yourself a few questions:
How much stuff do I have?
Go through your home room by room, deciding what is actually going to be moving with you. Look at what items can be broken down, i.e. legs off of dining room tables, headboard and footboards off of beds, and how many boxes you might have.
Below are some basic guidelines to help determine your truck size.
- 10' Box Truck – Studio/Apt
- 14' Box Truck – Apartment up to 2 bedrooms
- 17' Box Truck – Apartment up to 3 bedrooms
- 20' Box Truck – Home up to 3 bedrooms
- 26' Box Truck – 3-4 Bedroom Home
Remember if you have bulky furniture, or like to collect things, you might want to go with the larger truck. Having too much space vs. not enough space is always better.
It is also a good idea to reserve your truck well in advance, to make sure that the company you choice will have the truck available when you need it.