Ayla and Julia with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
You're renting a truck for your move and you took some time measuring some of the large items, thinking these will take up the most space. This is actually the easy part.
Look into all the storage and closet spaces. Estimating how many boxes you intend to use. Determine what you are keeping in the garage or shed. Please consider selling, purging, and discarding any old or unnecessary items. Think about the space, hassle, and cost to move semi-important items. Stay practical.
Now, let's get to truck sizes. Small rental trucks (10' to 12') are recommended only for very small living spaces like a studio apartment. It is sometimes more cost effective to rent a medium truck (14', 16', or 17') rather than a small one because rental companies often have more inventory of the medium (and will cost the same or less). Smaller trucks also have wheel wells that take up cargo space. Medium trucks are generally suggested for 1-2 bedroom apartments or small homes. A 17' or 20' truck will move a 2-3 bedroom dwelling. Large trucks (20', 22', 24', or 26') work best for single family and town homes. 24' and 26' trucks are recommended for 3 or more bedrooms. Remember: when in doubt, get the next bigger truck! During an in town move, this rule could save you a return trip, 3 extra hours, gas, and mileage. On an out of state move this can be devastating and no one wants to experience that. If you need further instruction please see our helpful links below.
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