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Determining the Right Moving Truck Size

Sep 14, 2019 | Greeley Moving

Determining the Right Moving Truck Size

Moving into a new location can be a lot of fun, especially if you are moving for greater opportunities such as a new job or moving in with a loved one. However, there is a lot of thought that goes into moving into a new home and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming if you aren’t sure what you are doing. One of the more important steps of moving into a new home is making sure that everything is set for the day that you move your items. This includes finding the right moving truck size for all of the belongings in your home. There are many things that you can do to help you make this decision. Here are some guidelines to follow when renting a truck or movers from Greeley

Number of Rooms/Amount of Stuff

One thing that you need to keep in mind when moving is how many rooms you are trying to fit into the van, or the total cubic feet of the home, as well as how many items you are trying to move. These two factors both need to be considered instead of one over the other, because someone with a smaller home may have found a way to fill it with many large pieces of furniture where someone with a larger home could have filled it with hardly anything. When going through this step, remember to keep in mind any large furniture that needs to be moved, as well, as this could take up extra space and cause you to need to upgrade to a larger size. 

When packing your things away, which you may want to start doing early for things that aren’t as essential for daily life, you may also want to consider space inside your car, as well. If you can put some of the boxes or smaller furniture inside your car for the move, it could help free up some space in the moving van once the time comes. Make sure to leave some room somewhere in the car for your essentials bag or box, which should travel with you instead of in the van. 

Look for Sizing Charts

Another way that you can determine the right size of the van for your needs once you have chosen a moving company or moving services in Greeley is to go to the company’s website or visit their location in-person to see if they have a sizing chart. Many companies help their clients choose the right size van by creating a guide of what sizes they offer and what kinds of furniture can fit inside of them. If you go to the physical location, you may even be able to see inside some of the vans, which could give you a better idea of which size you will need to fit everything. 

Clear Out Clutter

If you have a lot of items, you may quickly find that a larger size van is in order, and for some people on a budget, this is an option that they simply cannot afford. However, if you are afflicted with this problem, you could move down to a smaller size by clearing out some of the clutter in your home. While you start packing, look closely at everything that is going into boxes and ask yourself when you last used it, when you plan to use it again and if it holds any special importance to you or is there for a certain reason. If you haven’t used the item in a while and don’t see yourself using it again soon, it may be time to donate or sell it unless there is a significant reason why you are still holding onto it. 

If you have cleared out the clutter and still find yourself with too much stuff to fit into a van size that you can afford, you may look into renting a storage unit for the time being to hold some of the extra stuff until you get the big items moved and you can go back. There are a few factors to consider, however; if you are moving a significant distance away, for example, you may not be able to come back easily to get things out of storage space. It is also important to calculate how much you would spend on the space for the time you would use it, as well as how much more you would pay in gas going back and forth, and determine if it would save you any money compared to renting a larger van. 

An Estimated Guide

At the end of the day, many moving vans are very similar in size, although they are not exactly alike. There has been an estimated guide posted that many vans will follow. Keep in mind, again, that this all depends on exactly how much stuff you have and that the measurements may need to be adjusted if you have significantly more or less in your home than the average person. 

For a 1-bedroom apartment or house, or a studio apartment, you may be able to get away with a 10-foot van. The next standard size up, the 14 foot, can usually hold enough to fill up a one or two-bedroom apartment or house. From there, the next size is usually 17 feet and can hold two to three bedrooms. A 24 foot can hold three to four, and a 26 foot is used for four bedrooms or more. If you live in a mansion or your four+ bedroom home is packed, you may need to look into a moving company that offers larger sizes or make more than one trip, however for most people, one of these sizes will be plenty. 

There are many things to decide upon when you are making a move, such as where you are going to live and when the moving date is. Finding the right company to help you move is important, and so is making sure that you have the right sized van for your home.