How to Pick the Right Moving Truck Size?

Sep 2019
How to Pick Right Moving Truck Size

If you’re planning a DIY move, one of the most confusing questions on your mind would be, “What size moving truck should I book?” apart from the more obvious, “Where to start packing from?”

With experienced moving companies, you can expect them to take care of the entire move including figuring out what kind of truck will be most suitable to relocate your goods. However, if you’ve decided not to go with the professionals, you’re on your own and you will need to make this crucial decision accurately to ensure the moving day goes smoothly.

We understand how a simple search on Google about how to choose the right truck size for moving can confuse you a lot more. The main reason for this is, generic answers like ‘medium-sized trucks are best to move 1 – 2 bedrooms’ or more advanced options like ‘1000 – 1500 cubic feet of space would be required to move a 3 BHK or a big 2 BHK’, and so on, do not provide the answer you had hoped to get; more so, definitely not in simple words.

Also, it can be hard for you to predict exactly how much volume will be taken up by your furniture, appliances, boxes, and various other things. Of course, it would be difficult for a newbie to imagine all the comfortably placed items in your house cramped up together inside a truck.

No need for panic. We’ll walk you through the complete process of how to estimate the right moving truck size for your relocation.

Read on to get the complete information starting from why it’s important to rent the correct size of moving truck, to what size of trucks are available in the market, and finally, the step by step procedure to correctly pick the suitable size truck.

Why does truck size matter?

Why Does Truck Size Matter

The last thing you would want to experience on the (already jam-packed) moving day is to face problems while transporting your items; and, choosing the wrong truck size is not only going to be a cause of inconvenience but may also have safety issues related to loading and unloading of goods.

If you choose a small truck where all your goods may not fit at once, you’ll end up facing many problems like having to make multiple trips to shift your goods, unload the entire truck and rent a bigger one, or get rid of some of your precious belongings which don’t fit. Either way, you’ll end up spending much more time, energy, and money to complete your move in one go.

Alternatively, if you choose a large truck, you will have enough space to comfortably arrange and transport your complete home goods. However, there are high chances that some (or most) of the truck is empty and you’ll end up paying a high price for a lot of unused space. Moreover, the risk of damaging your furniture, appliances, or other goods will increase by many-fold since they may slide off or get thrown around in the back of the truck.

Therefore, it’s evident that choosing the appropriate size moving truck is vital to have a safe and successful moving day.

What types of moving trucks are available?

What Types Of Moving Trucks Are Available

Many types and sizes of trucks are available for house shifting, which can be classified into 3 basic types:

Small-sized Trucks (7 ft – 9 ft)

Tata ACE, Pickup truck, and Tata 407 – These are the most common vehicles that come under this category having a length of 7 feet to 9 feet.

  • Best used for: Transporting various goods within the city;
  • Ideal to move home size: Studio rooms and regular 1 BHK;
  • Can easily accommodate goods: 1 – 2 rooms of items;
  • Maximum weight that can be loaded: 600 Kg – 2000 Kg;
  • Transporting Distance: Local shifting;

Truck

Size

Max Weight in Kg (Metric Ton)

Suitable for Home Size

Transporting Distance

Tata ACE

7 feet

850 Kg (0.85 MT)

Studio room/ Few home goods (1 room worth of stuff)

Local (Within City)

Pickup

8 feet

1500 Kg (1.5 MT)

1 BHK goods (regular or small 1 BHK)

Local (Within City)

Tata 407

9 feet

2500 Kg (2.5 MT)

1 BHK goods (approx. 1000 sq. ft house)

Local (Within City)

Medium-sized Trucks (14 ft – 19 ft)

Canter truck, Long Platform Truck (LPT), LCV and DCM – These mid-size trucks have a length of 14 feet to 19 feet.

  • Best used for: Transporting household goods, moving offices, and industrial relocation;
  • Ideal to move home size: 2 BHK/ 3 BHK goods;
  • Can easily accommodate goods: 3 to 5 rooms of belongings;
  • Maximum weight that can be loaded: 4000 Kg – 9000 Kg;
  • Transporting Distance: Local shifting (only 14 ft truck) / Outside city within 600 Km (17 ft and 19 ft);
    • The 14 ft Canter Truck is generally used to shift a regular 2 BHK house for local shifting only;
    • The 17 ft and 19 ft trucks can safely move goods of large 2 BHK/ 3 BHK over a distance of approx. 600 Km outside the city;

Truck

Size

Max Weight in Kg (Metric Ton)

Suitable for Home Size

Transporting Distance

Truck Canter

14 feet

4000 Kg (4 MT)

2 BHK goods

Local (within city)

Truck LPT

17 feet

5000 Kg (5 MT)

2 BHK/ 3 BHK goods

Domestic (within 600 Km)

LCV and DCM

19 feet

7000 – 9000 Kg (7 to 9 MT)

3 BHK/ can use for 2 BHK goods if moving long-distance

Domestic (within 600 Km)

Large-sized Trucks (20 ft – 24 ft)

  • Best used for: transporting household goods, moving offices, and industrial relocation;
  • Ideal to move home size: 3 – 5 BHK goods or Independent Villa goods;
  • Can easily accommodate goods: 5 to 7 rooms of stuff;
  • Maximum weight that can be loaded: 7000 Kg – 14000 Kg;
  • Transporting Distance: More than 1000 – 1500 Km (Domestic relocation);

Truck

Size

Max Weight in Kg (Metric Ton)

Suitable for Home Size

Transporting Distance

Container

20 feet

7000 Kg (7 MT)

3 – 4 BHK goods

Domestic (more than 1000 – 1500 Km)

Truck Taurus

22 feet

10000 Kg (10 MT)

3 BHK/ Villa goods

Domestic (more than 1000 – 1500 Km)

Container

24 feet

7000 – 14000 Kg (7 – 14 MT)

3 – 5 BHK goods

Domestic (more than 1000 – 1500 Km)

How to estimate the right size moving truck?

How To Estimate Moving Truck Size

The size of the moving truck you should rent depends on answers to questions like:

What is the size of both your homes?

The bigger your home, the more things you will have to move, and hence you will need a bigger truck to relocate everything. However, avoid booking a vehicle after considering just the size of your house; take a look at the other factors as well so that you don’t end up with either a small truck where you can’t fit your things or a large vehicle where you pay for unused space.

What is the quantity of items you’re moving?

One of the main factors that determines how big of a truck you need is based on the number of belongings you have to move.

A particular size of house, say 2 BHK, may not mean the same thing to everyone; different people use their spaces differently. Some may hoard every nook and corner of their house with items, while others may have a more minimalistic approach to use the same space. Therefore, taking an inventory of your home goods will be your best bet since you can easily get an idea of how much you have to transport.

Consider the following points:

  • The size and type of furniture you have to move;
  • The number of appliances, shelves, and cupboards;
  • The number of delicate items or antiques;
  • The total volume of items you’re relocating;
  • How many carton boxes you have to move;

What is the distance of relocation?

The distance over which you have to shift is another essential factor to be considered.

For instance, if you’re moving locally and if all your items don’t fit in the truck at once, you have the option of making multiple trips from your old home to the new one without any issues. However, the same scenario in a domestic move is practically impossible since you will have to unload the entire truck and re-book for a bigger one, which will end up costing you a lot more time and money.

To ensure you have a stress-free move, you’ll have to book a big enough truck that can comfortably accommodate all the goods at once.

Bonus Tip

Bonus Tip

Get rid of unwanted home goods before looking for moving trucks so that you can easily move your complete household in one go. Also, decluttering will help you to not only save a lot of time and effort while packing, but also helps you to book an apt truck size which will not cost more than you can afford.



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