If you’re hiring a moving company to move in Houston, you should never guess the size of truck you need. You will need to prepare yourself ahead of time if you want to get things done right, so please follow these tips to start:
Waste of space
Whether you’re going for a standard transit or its equivalent, a long wheel base transit, a Luton van or something bigger, you might end up paying extra for empty van space (and the additional fuel costs of driving a larger vehicle) if you don’t calculate the amount of space and weight of what you are moving beforehand.
For short moves where you’ll have them done fast, you can err on the side of caution and go for a smaller sized van, knowing that your worst-case scenario is a second or third short trip. On the other hand if you have a long journey to make or a deadline to hit, you would be wise to go for the larger van even if you don’t end up using the extra space.
The answer is ‘don’t guess’. Using just standard tape measure, pen and paper and a basic calculator, it’s very easy to work out what the average large item is in terms of cubic feet. If smaller items are packed in standard-sized storage boxes, calculating the space they need is a straightforward task.
Many truck rental companies will quote the size of their vehicles in cubic feet or cubic metres as well and length, width and height measurements on their website or in their brochure, which makes it a lot easier to compare your belongings with the size of each vehicle.
If the company of your choice doesn’t have these measurements available, check what make and model trucks they have available and search for their measurements and cargo capacity on the Internet. In pretty much all cases the company will be more than happy to provide you with that information themselves however, so give them a call and simply ask your questions.
Remember to measure your garden, shed, loft and basement items that need to be moved. It’s easy to scan each room in the house and believe you have covered every large item. If you’ve got a large storage chest in the loft or store, the barbecue in the shed or the kids’ bikes in the basement, then you need to factor them in too.
Don’t forget space for packaging. If your sofa will be wrapped in plastic sheeting or old blankets, the packaging won’t be taking up as much extra space to be dealt with separately. Valuable or fragile items may require significant additional space for bubble wrap and cardboard, so factor that into your measurements too.
On a separate note, ask yourself if any items can be dismantled (such as desks with detachable legs or dining chairs that can be folded) as well as any stackable items, as this may save quite a bit of space in the process.
Make a note of the length of any large items and work out what length, width or height you’d need in order to carry these items safely. Consider whether an awkward shape or tall item would have to be transported in a smaller vehicle. You may opt for a larger vehicle to ensure you don’t have to carry a family heirloom on its side in cases such as these.
Check your numbers
Avoid blindly following what you’ve written down. It’s easy to make a mistake and then carry it through to the total of your calculations. You should always double-check all your measurements and calculations so you can be certain you’re on the right track in what you have planned.
The experts at B and S Moving have the knowledge to estimate the size truck and number of movers necessary to make your next move fast and efficient, so give us a call at (281) 810-9480 or click below to fill out a quote request today!