Nobody likes having to move. There’s packing, organizing, cleaning your baseboards for the first time in five years, bribing casual acquaintances to help you carry things with the promise of pizza, and so on and so forth. On top of what feels to be ten thousand other concerns to address and tasks to complete is a very important question: do I need a moving van… and if so, how do I choose the right one?

Don’t worry: we’ll break things down into an easy to follow process by listing the questions you’ll have to answer in order to figure out the solution that’s best for you. First, we have to determine if you actually need a moving van at all with two very simple questions:

“Do I have a lot of big, heavy things?” and “Is my car tiny?”

The main use of a moving truck is the transport of large items without having to take a million time consuming trips. If you have access to a large truck or a troupe of friends willing to lend their cars for an afternoon, you might be able to get away with not using a moving truck. If you’re okay with moving taking a lot longer and requiring multiple trips, you might be able to get away without using a moving truck. Otherwise it’s likely less time consuming and headachey to just bite the proverbial bullet and rent a truck for the day – of course, that means the next question is, “how do I decide what size truck to choose?”

There’s an easy rule of thumb to follow when determining what size moving truck is best for you… and all you have to know is how many rooms there are in your home.

Most moving companies will list their truck’s capacities in terms of bedrooms for ease of deciding which to use. This determination is based on the typical variety of furniture that’s in each room so keep that in mind when following those rules. If you have a lot more bookshelves, robot butlers, or bookshelves than the average person we recommend sizing up. It’s easier to have too much space than not enough. Here’s the rule of thumb:

  • If you live in a studio apartment, you will likely only need a cargo van or 10? moving truck.
  • If you live in an apartment or home with two bedrooms or less, you will need at least a 15 foot moving truck.
  • If you have two to three bedrooms, you will need at least a 20 foot moving truck.
  • If you have four or more bedrooms, you’ll need a 26 foot moving truck.

When you’re moving, take away an additional concern by renting a unit with Storage Direct for all the extra things you’ve got lying around. Then go ahead and order that rental truck – you can do it!