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How to Pick the Right Size Moving Truck

Feb 9th 2015 at 2:10 AM

When preparing for your big move, one of the first steps for success is reserving a truck. When renting an Uhaul in San Diego, be sure to make your reservation early so that you have the full range of options available to you. As you make your reservation, be sure to account for the full amount of time that you’ll need the truck. Many people underestimate how long the actual moving process will take, so be sure you leave yourself plenty of time to pick up the truck, load all of your belongings, travel to your destination, and then unload everything again.

You’ll also need to be sure that you rent a truck large enough to adequately haul all of your boxes and furniture in one trip. Just as important, you don’t want to rent a truck that is too large, since too much empty space gives your belongings more room to shake and shift.

Truck rentals are typically packaged in cubic feet, so when deciding what size truck to reserve you need to take into account total volume, not just floor space. Remember that you’ll be stacking items on top of each other to fill the full height of the truck when possible.

It’s helpful to make a checklist of everything that you need to pack, and then sketch out a plan for how items will be stacked. Packing a truck isn’t as easy as playing a game of Tetris, so unless you’re an expert packer you shouldn’t assume that you’ll be able to fit every object tightly and efficiently into every available space. Therefore, it’s important to allow yourself some wiggle room and reserve a truck that is slightly bigger than the size of your total belongings.

If it seems like a lot of work to figure out how much space all of your items will take up, don’t fret. There is an abundance of free space calculators available on the Internet that can help you determine exactly what size truck will best meet your moving needs. One popular calculator can be found at 5 Star Storage's website. This handy tool lists all kinds of furniture, sorted by room, that you may be moving. Simply enter the number of each item that you have to move, and the calculator will predict the total space that you’ll need in your truck. By following these simple steps, you can enjoy a hassle-free move.

About the Author:

This article is written by Ellen Wayne, who is the Director of Marketing at 5 Star Storage. They have been providing moving assistance, self storage services and two locally owned and operated facilities i.e. Morena Storage and Solana Beach Storage for more than 40 years.

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