There’s nothing worse than packing a Pod or moving truck with your stuff only to find out that there’s not enough room for everything. Forgetting to include the stuff in your attic or the oversized couch in the basement when calculating the size of your move can have money-wasting consequences. Here’s how to determine what size POD or moving truck you’ll need.
1. Quantify your belongings
Start by taking a hard look at how you live. Are you a person who has one set of dishes, or do you have everyday dishes, company dishes, and fine china? Is every wall in your home filled with art and decorations or are they pretty sparse? It’s important to know the difference, because how you furnish your home is a good inductee of what size of a container you may need.
2. Measure everything
While most rental companies provide tips on how to figure out what size truck you need, it helps to measure your larger items. For example, there are big differences in the size of couches. Some are sleek and compact, while others have built-in cushions and a pull-out bed. These same considerations can be made comparing types of freezers. Standing freezers come in varying heights; chest freezers are wider than taller.
3. Be aware of weight limitations and distribution
Both Pods and moving trucks have weight limits for different container sizes. While it’s unlikely you’ll exceed these limits, you do need to keep them in mind. Your belongings need to be evenly distributed in order to safely move them. Also, it can be dangerous to drive and transport an overloaded truck or container.
4. Keep an eye on height
If you’re planning to stack items during your move, keep the Pod and moving truck height dimensions in mind. You don’t want to stack items that will break if they happen to slip or shift in transport. Also, you don’t want to get a truck or storage container that’s too short for that speciality item you own.
5. Know the restrictions
In some cases, you have to rent a minimum size portable moving container or moving truck based on anticipated contents. For example, if you’re moving a three-bedroom house, which includes a washer and dryer, you may be required to rent a truck that can evenly distribute your goods. This is partly due to the weight of the appliances. Other times, rental companies do not want to lease you too large a truck as items can shift, fall, and break.
6. Evaluate your options
Finally, evaluate if you even need a Pod or moving truck. Several rental places, like Enterprise, will rent pickup trucks. You may not need all the perks that come with a larger truck or moving company. A pickup truck will work fine for a one-bedroom apartment, depending on the quantity and size of items being moved.
Whether relocating down the street, across town, or into another state, starting a move off right by knowing what size Pod or moving truck is needed is a great beginning to your next journey. Then when you get there, all you have to do is unpack and enjoy.