What Size Truck Do I Need for Moving?

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Moving vans come in all different shapes and sizes — from what’s basically a pickup truck to an 18-wheeler. The type of truck you need for your move depends on a number of important factors.

Your Boston movers will consult with you to determine what size truck you need for your move. Here are some of the questions they will ask you.

How Many Belongings Do You Have?

Conduct an inventory of what major pieces of furniture you have. This includes bulkier items such as beds, couches, dining room tables, and basically anything that isn’t going to fit into a moving box. Don’t forget to include outside items such as bicycles, grills and patio furniture!

When your list is ready, share it with your Boston movers. They will be able to help you decide which size truck you need to meet your specific moving needs.

How Many Rooms Do You Have?

Most trucks are sized by the number of rooms they can accommodate, so you can get a general idea of the size of the truck you need by the number of rooms you have in your existing home (not your new home).

A cargo truck with a 10-foot bed usually is enough to move a studio apartment. A 15-foot truck can move a three room apartment. A 20-foot truck is used for four or five rooms. And a 24 to 26-foot truck can move six to eight rooms.

How Much Square Footage Is Your Home?

Another way of measuring the amount you have to move is by the square footage of your existing home. Generally, you can move about 150-200 cubic feet of truck space per fully furnished room.

Your Boston movers may recommend a slightly larger truck than you think you need so you don’t run into the problem of not having enough space come moving day.