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What size truck do I need to move my apartment?

August 19th, 2013 - 1:15 PM

Moving Your Apartment: What size truck do you need?

When moving, figuring out what size moving equipment you need can feel a little like Goldilocks.  This truck is too big, this one is too small…which one is just right?

Let’s go over the different apartment sizes, different moving equipment options, and how to get the most bang for your buck when moving your apartment.

Apartment Sizes and Moving Truck Sizes

Apartments can vary in size from tiny to ginormous.  From this tiny 185 square feet studio apartment in NYC to Uma Thurman’s huge 5-story Manhattan apartment, where does yours fit in? Of course, the size of your move depends on the stuff you are moving – and a bigger apartment typically means more stuff to move. We can generally estimate the size of the moving truck you’ll need based on the size of your apartment.

This chart will show you how much space you’ll likely need for moving the different sized apartments.  


What size equipment do I need to move my apartment?

For example, a small studio apartment would normally only need a 10 foot truck, or just 1-2 ReloCubes or 6 linear feet with U-Pack (more on those options in the next section). To get a super accurate estimate of the space needs for your particular place, I suggest using our room-by-room space estimator to get an exact feel for your space needs.

What options do I have for moving my apartment?

Depending on the size move you have, you may have lots of options. From rental trucks to moving containers, you can choose what works for you.

Rental Trucks. Rental trucks come in many sizes (check out this post for info about rental truck sizes), but it can be difficult to know which one is perfect for your move.  You don’t want to overpay for a too-big-truck, but you also don’t want to run out of space. If you want to compare prices for rental trucks, make sure you factor in the cost of fuel.  You can estimate your fuel costs here.

Moving Containers. Moving containers can be good options for apartment moves. Especially compact ones, like the ReloCube from U-Pack. A ReloCube fits into a standard parking space, so you can easily park it at your apartment. And not only is it easy to park, but using ReloCubes are flexible. You can reserve multiple Cubes, and just pay for the ones you actually use.  So if you aren’t sure whether you’ll need 2 or 3 Cubes, you can reserve 3.  If you end up needing all three, you pay for all three. But if you fit it all into two, you only pay for two! Get a free quote for ReloCubes here.

Moving Trailers. Another option you may not have considered is the U-Pack moving trailer. The trailer is 28 feet long, and you have flexibility there as well. You can use the space you need, with a 5 foot minimum, and then pay only for the space you need.  You only need about 3-4 car-lengths of space to park it, so it can typically work in apartment complexes. And the best part is you don’t have to drive! Get a moving quote for a moving trailer here.

To put it in perspective, the moving trailer is the size of a 26 foot rental truck plus a 10 foot truck.  You can convert the rental truck size to space in the trailer with this chart:


Rental Truck Conversion Chart

So once you know how much space you’ll need for a moving truck, you can easily figure out how much space you’ll need to move your apartment with U-Pack.

The Best Moving Equipment to Move Your Apartment

You don’t just want to get the right size equipment, but also the equipment that best meets your needs. 

Rental trucks might seem like they fit the budget, but do they fit your life? What I mean is, rental trucks are a pretty high-maintenance way of moving. You have to go pick up the truck, pack and load your stuff, and drive it to your new place.  That’s a lot of work. Not to mention the stress of making sure everything fits into the fixed-size truck, and paying for all the fuel that the gas guzzler will use.

With U-Pack’s options (ReloCubes and moving trailers), the moving equipment is dropped off at your home. Then you load your stuff inside, and it’s delivered at your new home. No driving, no paying for fuel. U-Pack also gives you the flexibility to use the space you need, so that is another stressor you don’t have to worry about.  U-Pack can keep you within your moving budget and make your move as easy as possible.  Get a moving quote to see how U-Pack compares to other moving services, or call a moving specialist at 1-800-413-4799 to discuss your money-saving options.

If you have questions about the moving equipment you need to move your apartment, just leave a comment. I’m happy to help you figure it all out!

For more information about moving and apartments, check out these helpful resources.

How do I know how much space I will need?
Moving out of an apartment
Cost to move an apartment cross country
Moving trailer vs. ReloCube: which should I choose?