When you are moving, there are hundreds of details to keep straight as you figure out what goes where, how much you have to move, and how much help you’ll need. In the midst of all that action, smaller details like what size moving truck to get may seem minor, but they can make a big difference on the day of your big move–locally or across the globe.

To get the size just right, you’ll likely need a professional estimate. Excel Moving gives free estimates to those moving in and out of North Carolina’s Triangle and Triad areas to give you the best shot at a perfect-sized moving truck.

Downsides of getting the estimate wrong

It’s a bit like the classic Goldilocks conundrum. There are problems if your truck is too big and a whole different set of problems if your truck is too small for your belongings. As professionals in the Triangle with years of experience, we know better than anyone that the truck can be one of the biggest hurdles to jump on the day of:

  • Ending up with a larger-than-necessary truck will lead to:
    • A more difficult driving experience, since large trucks can be harder to maneuver
    • Less room to park in the moving locations or at stops in between
    • Increased gasoline costs
    • More potential for shifting and damage of possessions in empty spaces during the drive
    • More cost-per-foot to rent a larger truck
  • Renting a smaller-than-needed truck, on the other hand, may create
    • More difficulty finding room for larger items
    • Increased packing time, as more strategy is necessary to fit all items
    • Difficult decisions on what to do with items that do not fit (leave behind, sell, throw away, find alternate moving methods?)

How moving experts determine the right size for your truck

Not sure where to start when figuring out the size of a truck you need? When you work with professionals like Excel Moving, we consider a number of factors to determine which truck to assign to a job. Some of these are:

    1. How many bedrooms are you moving? A small 10 ft. truck will likely be able to move a studio apartment. A 17 ft. truck can usually be used to move around three bedrooms and a 26 ft. truck is generally necessary for a home with over four bedrooms.
    2. How densely packed are the bedrooms and closets? A minimalist’s wardrobe will take much less space in a moving truck than a fashion fanatic.
  • What kinds of items are in the common areas? If your living room only has a couple of pieces, that will be very different than packing a truck with multiple rooms full of large furniture pieces and knick-knacks.
  • What is being kept and left behind? Large items that can be discarded, like couches and tables, should be taken note of in the estimate, as they can make a significant difference.

Excel Moving can help!

This process may sound simple, but we’ve seen many bad estimates over the years and the trouble that they can bring to an already stressful process. Excel’s moving experts do this for a living. Leave it to us to make a professional, accurate (and free) estimate for your move in the Triangle or across the United States. Call us today at 336-939-6450 for service in the Triad and 919-213-6694 in the Triangle.

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