Choosing the right moving truck can be tricky when you’re not sure how much space you’ll need. With the help of our friends at Thrifty Car & Truck Rental, we’ve rounded up some tips to help you decide which moving truck is the best size for your load.
Every house move is different. Are you moving into a share house and only need the basics? Or are you relocating everything you own from one apartment to another? Either way, you need a moving truck that’s going to get the job done with minimum fuss.
It can be tough to imagine all your furniture and belongings packed tight in one space. So how much space will you need? Thankfully, there are simple ways to find the Goldilocks ‘just right’ fit for your next house move.
I’m moving with the basics
5m3 Delivery Van
If you only need to move small items, this delivery van is ideal. It will accommodate a single mattress and base. This sort of vehicle will be great if you’re moving to shared accommodation and only need to take basic items with you.
What you need to know: You’ll need a car licence to drive this automatic transmission vehicle. It will take up to two people and can carry a load up to 1,000kg. This delivery van runs on diesel. Approximate dimensions: 2.3 metres by 1.6 metres x 1.35 metres (depending on the vehicle model available).
I’m moving a small load
Single Cab Tray Ute
Planning on a small house move with a few extra pieces that could require trips to the tip and gardening? This ute has fold-down tray sides, making loading and unloading super simple.
What you need to know: To drive a single cab tray ute, you’ll need a manual car licence. This vehicle can take up to two people and will handle a load of up to 2,500kg. The ute also runs on diesel. Approximate dimensions: 1.6 metres by 1.48 metres (depending on the vehicle model available).
I’m moving to a one-bedroom apartment
High Roof Delivery Van
Moving into a small apartment or even a share house? The high roof delivery van is a great option if you’re moving a bedroom worth of stuff and will happily accommodate a queen size mattress.
What you need to know: You’ll need an automatic car licence to drive a high roof delivery van. It’ll fit two people and can take a load up to 1,300kg. This van runs on diesel. Approximate dimensions: 4.25 metres by 1.9 metres x 1.76 metres (depending on the vehicle model available).
I’m moving to a three-bedroom house
If like many singles, couples and families you’re looking at a medium-sized move, a moving van could be your best bet. It may come fitted with a hydraulic lift and will have tie-down rails throughout to keep your belongings safe.
What you need to know: To drive a moving truck, you’ll need an automatic car licence. The moving truck can take up to three people and will handle a load of up to 1,200kg. A moving truck also runs on diesel. Approximate dimensions: 4.2 metres x 2 metres x 2 metres (depending on the vehicle model available).
Moving and packing tips
- If in doubt, consider choosing a larger moving truck
- Declutter your space ahead of time – it’s going to make your moving day so much easier!
- Don’t forget about your outdoor items – things like bikes, plants and patio furniture are often missed out when you’re estimating how much stuff you have. Consider adding a trailer to your list for these items.
- Don’t forget the distance of your move. If you’re relocating to a new place just a few suburbs away, you might feel comfortable picking something smaller – after all, you can always make two trips if you run out of space. But if you have a longer distance to travel, it might not be practical to make multiple trips. In this case, it’s a good idea to estimate your space needs on the higher end.
The steps you take to prepare for your moving day can really make or break your moving experience. Apply these tips to help you pick the best moving truck size for your needs. Happy moving!
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