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Moving Calculations – the Truck, the Time and your Helpers

When you're planning a DIY move, there are many elements to consider and it helps if you can make some estimates in advance. The biggest – literally – is the moving truck. If you're not experienced with trucks or moving in general the choices may seem intimidating. You'll also need to know how much help you'll need and how long the whole move should take. Here are some guidelines.


The Truck - how big?

Remember that a truck will tend to look bigger from the outside. It's quite common to assume a truck is large enough only to find the inside doesn't hold as much as you thought.


  • A 12-foot truck will be sufficient to move 1 or 2 rooms full of furnishings.

  • A standard 20-foot truck with a total interior volume of about 1,000 cubic feet will be sufficient for a 2 to 3 bedroom home.


Choosing the right sized truck is important. If it's too small, then you'll have to either go back or try to find a larger truck on the day of your move. If it's too large, your possessions can be damaged moving around inside the truck in transit.


How long will it take?

It will certainly help if you have your boxes organized and labeled, and if you have a clear plan for how you want to load up and unload the truck so you know what order to tackle each room.


  • One bedroom apartment – 3 to 4 hours.

  • Two bedroom apartment – 4 to 5 hours.

  • Three or four bedroom home (apartment or house) – 6 or 7 hours.

  • Five bedrooms or more (apartment or house) – 8 to 10 hours.


How many people?

Rather than asking each person to put in a whole day, you may have better luck getting your friends to commit to a couple of hours at a time, staggering them between morning and afternoon. That way, nobody gets overworked (except maybe you.)


  • One or two bedroom apartment – four to five people;

  • Three or four bedroom apartment or house – six to eight people.


For any estimates...

Now, bear in mind that the average room of furniture is considered to be three pieces of furniture or so. If you have a lot of books, electronics or larger pieces of furniture, then that average truck size, the amount of time and manpower required go up accordingly. Weather, traffic and other conditions can also greatly affect any move.


The Movers Choice

You pick up. You move. It’s that simple. The Movers Choice makes moving easy. Whether you’re moving across the hall or across town – our plastic moving box rentals are reliable and eco-friendly and help you get the job done with ease. We also offer a range of moving supplies and services for both business and residential customers.


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