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How Much Truck Should I Rent: Rental Size Guide

When you are moving from place to place, it can be hard to know how much truck you need. What size truck do I rent? How much does a rental truck cost?

These questions and more will be answered in this blog post on the different sizes of rental trucks available for your relocation needs.

If you are moving on your own, or hiring moving labor to load or unload your rented moving truck, you’ll need to understand the correct size rental truck to help with your move. The only question left is how much truck should I rent? It can be difficult to choose the right size rental because there are so many different sizes available. This blog article will explain what each size means and when it would be most appropriate for use.

There are a lot of factors to consider when renting a truck. How much stuff do you have? What is the size and weight of your items? Do you need it for more than one day or just for an hour or two?

Do not be fooled by all the different sizes available. Find out what rental size is best for you before picking up the phone!

Why what size moving truck you rent is so important

Having the wrong size truck for your move is more than just a headache, it’s also a safety hazard. Rental trucks that are too small can lead to improper stacking and a higher risk of damaging your belongings when loading and unloading. In the end, you are going to need to rent a moving truck that is the right size for everything you have. Selecting what size of moving truck you need can be a difficult decision, as it is important and should not be made without careful consideration.

Determine Size of Moving Truck by Number of Bedrooms

This is the simplest and easiest way to find out which size you need. Most customers say this is the way to figure out how big of a truck you need and that it got the job done for them. Some moving companies might list their truck’s size in bedrooms for simplicity. Estimating how much a truck will be needed on your own can save time, but keep in mind that estimates based on the typical furniture layout of various rooms are only an estimate. For example, a one-bedroom apartment may contain a queen sized bed, dresser, and two nightstands. If you have a lot of furniture to move into a house, it will take up more space. If you’re deciding between two truck rental sizes, it’s best to reserve the next size up. If you’re unsure of how much moving truck to buy, here’s a general rule of thumb:

  • Cargo van to 10′ moving truck: studio apartment
  • 15-foot moving truck: two bedrooms or less
  • 20-foot moving truck: two to three bedrooms
  • 26-foot moving truck: four+ bedrooms

How to choose what size truck you need for your move, step by step:

Step 1: Create a list of everything you are going to need to put in the truck

The first step to any successful move is creating a full and accurate list of inventory that you’re planning on moving. There is no other way to determine the size of moving truck without this information. If you underestimate your belongings, number of boxes or forget a large piece of furniture then you risk having too small of a truck on moving day.

When under a time crunch, being forced to swap out your moving truck for a larger one or leaving valuable items behind is not a great start to your move.

Step 2: Send that information to truck rental company or moving company

Determine the best rental size by adding up all of your things and sending that information to your moving company or moving truck rental company. They have software and systems that determine the most ideal size of moving truck.

If you have the time and patience to fill out a quote request form online, this is the best way to go. You can input your inventory list directly on their website or send it via email for even more convenience. Truck rental companies should be able to offer free quotes based off of what you’re estimating that you’ll need.

Step 3: Contact a truck rental company & moving company

Make the appropriate arrangements for both your moving truck and moving labor so moving day will be as easy as possible.

Are you looking for a Maryland moving company for your next move?

We’re Treasure Moving Company, and we’ve been in the business of making people happy since 2011. Our goal is to make your move as stress-free as possible. From the first call to the last item being placed in your home, we are with you every step of the way. Get started with a free quote today and relax while Treasure Moving Company treats your things like they’re our things.

When it comes to local moves, there’s no one better than us! You’ll be working with experienced movers who know how to get everything from point A to point B without any damage or breakage – guaranteed! And when it comes time for packing up all those boxes, don’t worry about hiring an extra hand; we’ve got that covered too! So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today so we can start planning out this great moving experience together.

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Barbara McCall
Barbara McCall
2023-11-27
I wish I had more time to tell you just how wonderful Fedor and his Treasures crew were with my recent move. I just started a new job in a new state. I had trouble with towing my car with my moving truck. I had to concentrate on that problem when Treasures was taking my items from moving truck to new apartment. They got everything done nicely and affordably. They were my “knights (movers) in shining armor “! The most dependable and capable moving group I’ve ever had! Update: Nov 2023: I used Treasure Moving again, and they did a great job again! I had them put some boxes and tubs of items in my new storage room. Melvin and Moises did a quick and efficient moving of items from apartment to storage. They organized my boxes in storage to where I’ll be able to walk in the room and get to any box, They were fantastic! I’ll use Treasure again and again!
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Shradha Mani
2023-11-22
This was the smoothest moving experience we had ! Highly recommend. We moved from Arlington VA to Clarksburg MD. Marlon and Carlos were on time, packed everything carefully, moved everything to our new place in just a few hours! Here's the kicker, the freight elevator in our building could not be reserved due to construction. But they moved everything anyway! If the elevator was available, we are sure these guys would have completed the task in under an hour. They are super considerate, kind and efficient. Could not recommend them more. Treasure moving company is a treasure and Marlon and Carlos were excellent !
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Lynda Nguyen
2023-11-15
Had a great experience with Treasure Moving! They made a very stressful move go as smoothly as possible. Was very appreciative of their level of professionalism. Would use again!
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Yi Fong Cheng
2023-11-15
Marlon and Melvin are the best! They were so fast and took good care of my stuff, and very friendly. I had a great experience. If you are looking for moves, I definitely recommend these 2 gentlemen to everyone. Very efficient and nice!
Alexander Herrera (Alex)
Alexander Herrera (Alex)
2023-11-14
I used many movers in Baltimore (>4. I lost count). I used Treasure once and I was so impressed with their fair pricing, careful handling, speed, and professionalism at the time. They provided the best moving experience that I remember in this City. So, I moved again today and used their services to pack my pod. I had Marlon and Carlos who were spectacular. The woman reserving my move was available nearly daily to answer questions and was super attentive leading to the move. I was not disappointed. I highly recommend them for your next move, whether you a need hand with a pod or request full service moves. After talking to the workers, I learned that they have >15 years of experience in the moving industry. *Be careful when you looking for moving companies here. Some of them are not professional movers. I had a mover cause major damage… that they had to return to make repairs (Charm City Movers). Another left the job within 30 minutes of the move and left my all my items/boxes on the side walk! More than likely, Treasure will do a good job!
Scott Archer
Scott Archer
2023-11-09
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Art Grau
Art Grau
2023-11-08
Dennys and Rony did a great job moving 3 large display cabinets and many heavy boxes from Taneytown back to Columbia. They wasted no time and took care of everything like they were their own, and fees were much less than expected. Treasure Moving should be proud to have both of them as representatives. Kudos to a great team!!!
Oleksandr Turuk
Oleksandr Turuk
2023-11-03
The crew was courteous, careful and cheerful. Prices were reasonable as well. Definitely recommend!
Tom
Tom
2023-11-03
Dennis and Rony arrived just before they were scheduled, wrapped and moved the requested furniture, moved it, and set it up at the destination, quickly and politely, all for a very reasonable price.
Meredith Marcum
Meredith Marcum
2023-11-01
Dan and Melvin were amazing. They were fast, efficient, and packed everything up really well. I will definitely be using them again in the future!