Do-it-yourself moves are becoming more popular as an alternative, inexpensive way to move. For people with a small amount of belongings and furniture to move or people moving smaller apartments or condos, it may make more sense to haul your items yourself, and it's a great way to save money on the move. However, you still have to rent a moving truck--and figuring out what size you'll need isn't as easy as it seems. Read on to determine what size truck will be best for your two-bedroom apartment move.
What kind of items will you be moving?
The best way to figure out what size moving truck you'll need to move your two-bedroom apartment is to take an inventory of your belongings. In doing so, you can determine how many boxes of items you'll have to move and how much furniture you'll be bringing with you. The size of the truck you rent is dependent on what you need to put in it, so here are some questions to consider when evaluating your moving load:
- Am I moving any large furniture? The more large items you're going to be moving, the more space you'll need in the truck, and the bigger truck you'll need to rent. If you move from place-to-place often and move lightly without any furniture, you won't need a very big truck. However, if you're bringing along multiple pieces of furniture like couches, futons, mattresses, dining room tables, dressers, desks, armoires and bed frames you'll require a lot of space to load it all properly.
- Am I moving any large appliances? Just like your large furniture items, large appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, dryers or big-screen TVs, will demand a good deal of truck real estate. They also must be packed and wrapped thoroughly to prevent damage. Many apartments already come equipped with some of these larger appliances, so chances are you won't have to bring yours along, but if you do, you should take this into consideration when deciding how big of a truck to rent.
- How many boxes am I transporting? You might not be able to get a complete picture of how many boxes you'll be moving before you begin packing, but using a rough estimation of the number of boxes will help you make a decision on the size of the truck you should rent. A typical two-bedroom apartment can have anywhere from three to five rooms, so you'll need somewhere between 40 to 60 boxes for your belongings. Some people have more belongings than others, so the number of boxes you'll need will depend on what you'll be packing.
Contacting a truck rental company
So you've figured out roughly how many boxes you're going to be moving, and taken inventory of all your large appliances and furniture. Now you just need to find a place to rent a truck for your move. Your next step is to contact a local truck rental company to inquire about prices and determine what size truck would best fit your move.
- Provide a description of your belongings or your moving inventory. When you call or visit the truck rental company to speak with them about pricing and rental options, have a copy of your moving inventory available, or at the very least a list of the items you plan on moving. This will allow the truck rental representative to determine how much space you'll need for your belongings, in order to find the perfect truck for your move.
- Inquire about proper loading techniques. You'll be surprised just how much you can fit in the back of a moving truck if you pack it correctly. Believe it or not, there's a special sort of science in packing and loading a truck, and knowing where to put your boxes and furniture will help you to maximize every square inch of space you have. If this is your first move, you may not be as experienced in the truck-loading department, but luckily moving truck professionals know the right methods for packing and loading, and can help you devise the most efficient strategy possible.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you're unclear about any of the specifics regarding your truck rental, such as what the company charges for mileage, or if there are any hidden fees, don't be afraid to ask the truck rental representative before making the decision to rent.
How big of a truck will you need?
On average, relocating the contents of a two-bedroom apartment will require you to rent either a 14-foot or 17-foot moving truck. The smallest moving truck size typically offered is 10-feet, so these sizes are the next two sizes available from most truck rental companies.
- The 14-foot variation features increased capacity and almost double the volume of the smallest truck available, with 733 cubic feet of space. They are used primarily for two-bedroom apartments, but can also be used for larger one-bedroom apartments or condos.
- The 17-foot truck is a step up from the 14-foot version and is perfect for those who are moving large furniture and appliances. The 17-foot trucks can also be used for small house moves, like two- and three-bedroom houses, apartment and condo moves and smaller office relocations.
If you are having trouble deciding which size you need, remember to always err on the side of caution and rent the bigger size--it's better to have more space than renting a truck that's too small.
Find truck rental companies
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