Moving is always a stressful time. Whether you are moving to Beverly Hills, Southern California or Beverly Hills, Chicago; no matter how much you plan, organize, pack and store, things always tend to go awry. So, it’s important to get one thing correct during your move; the truck. If you rent a truck that is too large, well then your efforts are not cost effective. And if you rent a truck that is too small, causing you to unpack and get the next size up, or take multiple trips; you’ve then wasted precious time and money. To avoid kicking yourself later, ask yourself one important question; “How much stuff do we have?”
One of the simplest ways to get a good idea is to go through your home, room by room and take note of everything (large pieces of furniture) that will not fit in your standard storage boxes. Once you have your list in hand, visit your local truck dealer and follow their guidelines, which usually follow two common methods:
A) Number of Rooms
Usually, there should be a list of trucks displayed with their corresponding room size. Although this is a great time saver, it’s basically a guesstimate of the average bedroom or studio apartment. If the rooms in your home have quite a lot of furniture, it’d probably be beneficial to look into a truck that is one size larger than is suggested. This rule of thumb also applies to a room that contains very little furniture. In any case, here are some trucks and their corresponding sizes to give you an idea.
Cargo Van: An Average Studio Apartment
12 to 15 Foot Trucks: 3 Rooms or Less
20 Foot Trucks: 4 to 5 Rooms
24 to 26 Foot Truck: Between 6 to 8 Rooms
B) Cubic Feet
Some companies tend to give you the trucks physical size, rather than a generalization that you may find to be inaccurate, making you rethink your decision to decline your acceptance into Bongo’s Clown College of Beverly. For this, it might just be easiest to plug all your dimensions into an online calculator and go from there. Take note that it is probably beneficial to allow 150-200 cubic feet per room for a general miscalculation of space. Remember, this is also an estimate.
– Consider adding insurance: It may seem unnecessary when you are rushing through the rental agreement, however you would be surprised how much a side mirror cost to replace.
– Do not forget to take into account anything that outside (barbecues, patio furniture, trampolines, etc.)
– Consider a larger truck