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These days, there are plenty of options for moving - full service movers, self-service and truck rentals. Full service is the most expensive and for good reason since the movers take care of everything for you. Mere truck rentals are cheaper, but you would have to deal with all the hassle that comes with driving a huge vehicle. Self-service is the ideal option for those who want convenience but do not want to pay for full services. With this option, you can just pack your belongings and then drive the vehicle to the desired location. Whatever your choice is, you need to make sure of one thing - the right truck size.

In finding a right-size truck, there are various factors that would ultimately determine your choice.

Volume of Belongings
Remember that whatever it is you finally opted for, the amount of stuff you'll be moving to the new location has a direct effect on what you'll have to pay. There are two ways by which truck rentals companies typically assess this - by weight (lbs.) or by cubic feet.

This means that before you even decide on a truck, you need to make a list of all the things that you want to move. You may want to sort your belongings into four piles - keep/throw/sell/donate. That way, you'd be able to easily tell the right truck size for your needs.

Truck Sizes
The rule of thumb in determining the right truck size is to go for trucks that are probably bigger than what you need; after all, it's better to have something and not need it. However, you wouldn't want to end up with a truck that is way bigger that what you needed as that would have meant that you are going to pay for something you did not even get to use fully.

The following are the guidelines in truck sizes (considering the size of the apartment you are moving from, and the volume of belongings that a particular room size usually houses):

  • For a one-bedroom apartment, a 10-feet truck with a weight limit of 3000 to 4000 lbs. (350 cubic feet capacity) would do.
  • For a two-bedroom house or apartment, a 15-feet truck with a weight limit of 4500 to 6500 lbs. (350 cubic feet capacity) would do.
  • For a three-to-four-room house or apartment, a 20-ft truck with 8000 to 9000 lbs. the weight limit would do (1, 250 cubic feet capacity).
  • For a five-to-eight-room house, a 26-ft truck with 10000 to 12000 lbs. the weight limit would do (1, 550 cubic feet capacity).

    Pricing
    Note that companies charge a flat rental fee plus the amount which depends on the volume of belongings. The types of items you want to move also affect the price. To get instant quotes, you can make use of online calculators for moves. Just indicate the zip codes of the origin and destination and truck size of your choice. Note that local moves are also cheaper than one-ways (or moves across the state).

    With all that information readily available, booking a right-size truck would be no problem.


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