And also, who is going to load it for you? Should you tip the movers? What is the appropriate amount of tip if you do? These and many other moving and truck loading issues alongside professional advice from experienced movers here.
The common question for those who are planning their move is “What size truck do I need?” Another version of this question is normally asked by the movers: “What is the size of your move?” It is very important to know the answer so that you could get a fair estimate and a precise quote. To answer this question you should understand the approximate amount of items you plan to move. The professional moving company will figure out what size moving truck is required based on the inventory you need to provide. It is not easy to predict how much space it is required to fit all of your boxes, furniture, and other belongings. Guessing wrong can mean not having all the space you need or wasting money on a truck that’s too big. Just like professional movers would ask you to start with an inventory, to figure out what size moving truck you’ll need. You better start with the inventory of the belongings.
You’re probably not going to be able to deduce exactly how many cubic feet of truck space you’re going to need based on your inventory. But if you can, try to measure miscellaneous items by cubic foot too. Without this exact information, it is still invaluable when it comes to working with the truck rental company to determine what size truck you’ll need. If they think you’ll be in-between sizes, go for the larger truck. It’s better and much less stressful for you to work with extra space than with not enough space. Do not hesitate to as for a virtual estimate and NO-Contact Move. Health issues cannot be underrated these days.
Here’s a short review of standard rental truck offerings. Most truck rental companies offer customers the following types of trucks:
If you only have a couple of things to move, then you could get away with simply renting a pick-up truck. They’re ideal for those who only have a small studio to move to. It will have a volume of space around 70 cubic feet and a maximum weight load of less than 2,000 pounds.
It’s recommended as one of the most fuel-efficient options for those who are moving a limited amount of belongings, especially if they’re moving locally. For the studio apartment mover with a full-size or queen-sized bed, a cargo van is enough. Expect a volume of space around 230 cubic feet and a maximum weight load of fewer than 4,000 pounds.
If you’re moving nearby and are worried about driving a larger truck, you could also consider renting a small truck and doing multiple trips. A small moving truck is about 10 to 12 feet in length and works well for small one-bedroom apartments, as well as for those moving in or out of dorms. Expect a volume of space around 370 to 450 cubic feet and a max weight load of around 3,000 to 3,500 pounds.
At 14 to 17 feet in length, moving trucks in the medium-sized range are a good fit for those moving out of one or two-bedroom apartments or small homes. They’re one of the most popular choices for DIY moves, and capable of handling both short and long-distance moving. Expect a volume of space around 650 to 850 cubic feet and a maximum weight load of around 3,000 to 6,000 pounds.
The largest moving trucks for consumer moves are generally about 22 to 26 feet in length. They fit well when you’re moving out of a three-bedroom house or larger, or if you have a two-bedroom house with a lot of belongings. Expect a volume of space around 1,000 to 1,600 cubic feet and a max weight load of around 5,000 to 7,000 pounds.
When you inquire what size moving truck you should get, ask about specifics around max weight loads and available cubic feet of space. Keep in mind that truck sizes and capacities vary from different rental companies.
We always recommend not put any irreplaceable items like photo albums and other documents. Keep in mind that a moving company DOES NOT provide insurance! They provide liability coverage based on weight, this is not insurance. If a moving company tries to sell you insurance. It’s a scam.
The most commonly accepted level of liability coverage used on moves ( because it’s free) is at the compensation rate of $0.60 per pound per article. This is to say that if your flat screen TV worth $2000, weighing 20lbs is broken. Your compensation will be 20 x $0.60 = $12.00
You should remember that you can’t move items like prescription drugs, illegal drugs, liquids, chemicals, explosives, etc in a moving truck.
The answer to why the size of the moving truck you rent is so important is because having a truck that is too big or too small is more than just an inconvenience – it’s also a safety hazard. Trucks that are too small lead to improper stacking and a higher potential for damaged belongings and a risk of injury when loading and unloading. Trucks that are too big mean that things are probably going to be shifting around in transit, leading to potential damage or injury. Choosing what size moving truck you should get is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when organizing your DIY move.
These are the tips that have already been tested by time by our professional team of experienced movers. They will help you make the move safe and without losses. If a person does not have the desire to pack their own things and organize an apartment move, you can ask professional movers for help. Our team of professionals is ready to provide all the necessary services your unique relocation requires. Let us be the mediators that can help you to coordinate your fast and easy move to a new life.
Then again, if you opt for professional help, do not ignore the tipping. Tipping your movers is not mandatory. But it is a nice way to say “Thank you” for the job well done to the people who spent the whole day taking care of your belongings. If you decided to leave the heavy lifting, loading, and unloading to the experienced helpers, which is a very good idea to start with, you might appreciate some tipping suggestions. But what is the amount of money that is acceptable for you and would be pleasant for those you are going to praise? So “how much should I tip movers?” is today’s topic of our article.
Generally, the standard tipping practice is $25-$50 per move or 5% to 20% of the move total. It depends on how hard they worked and how pleased you are with their service, of course. While there is no “average tip”, it is also a widely accepted fact, that the tipping amount for a mover is about $20.
Proper etiquette is not to tip to the foreman or supervisor but to each mover individually. This shows that you recognize and appreciate them. If you see that some movers worked especially hard, or put more individual efforts than the others. You may want to have a little bit more cash available in case you are really blown away by the service.
If you are not going to tip movers – there are plenty of other ways to show your appreciation besides cash. Providing snacks throughout the day will keep your movers energized so that they would continue moving quickly and efficiently. Offer some cold drinks or water. You can also treat movers with pizza or lunch instead of tipping. Do not insist if they say no, this might be the company’s policy.
Tipping movers is controversial and not obligatory, but the hard-working team will highly appreciate it. The best option is to go with whatever you are comfortable with, even if it means just ordering the pizza and beer. A team of movers will definitely satisfy your needs. Having years of experience and competitive prices we are among the best choices. Contact us today and our team of professionals will be happy to help you make your forthcoming move fulfilled! We respect your time and money. Quality service, dedication to the work we do, and expert care. Start your FREE moving quote right now, don’t hesitate! We work hard to move you fast!
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