How to Choose a Removal Truck Size


Choosing an appropriate moving truck is among the most crucial considerations in any DIY relocation. Nothing is worse than selecting a truck you believe would fit, only to discover that you still need to load half of your garage.  Choosing the correct moving truck size is equally as crucial as loading your truck correctly. 

The contents might be compromised if your vehicle is the wrong size, whether too large or too little. A larger truck is more expensive to rent than a smaller one, so you must also consider your budget.

You need a truck that is just right. To determine the ideal truck size, you must first inventory your belongings and determine how much room they will occupy. The issue lies in accurately calculating the number of things and the amount of space they will settle. There are two effective methods for estimating the size of your load: bedroom count and cubic feet.


Number of Rooms

This is the most systematic way to estimate the moving truck size. Many moving companies give a table showing which trucks can fit homes based on bedroom count. These tables are helpful, but bedroom estimates are dubious. 

Some bedrooms may fit the furniture and belongings of two or three rooms (usually master bedrooms). Workshops, offices, studies, tiny sitting rooms, and storage rooms should also be counted. Once you have the number of rooms, use your moving company’s chart to choose a truck.


Cubic Feet 

This approach is time-consuming but more accurate than calculating based on rooms. This approach estimates your items’ cubic feet. You’ll need to add the cubic feet of each room’s belongings. Measure your beds, appliances, and furnishings to gather this information. For the most accurate estimate, pack loose and smaller objects. 

By packing most of your items, you’ll know how much space your medium boxes and little containers will take up. Once packed, combine each room’s cubic feet estimate. The outcome is near to truck space needed.


Moving Truck Types

Moving companies provide several sizes of moving vehicles, and a few feet per side might provide hundreds of cubic feet of storage. Always get a bit larger truck than you think you need, and choose a truck with 10-15% extra room than you need. 


Final Thoughts

Choosing a moving vehicle is crucial. If your vehicle is too small, you’ll waste time and money; if it’s too huge, you risk damaging your belongings. If you take inventory of your belongings and know how much room you need, you can pick a suitable vehicle.