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Moving Weight Restrictions

April 16th, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Does the weight of your move matter?

You might know how much you weigh or how much your child or pet weighs. But do you know how much a sofa weighs? What about a dining room table? Those are a little harder to figure out, but the weight of your belongings can be very important during a move. Let's take a look at the restrictions for different moving services, how to estimate the weight of a shipment, and why it matters when moving.

Moving weight requirements

Weight restrictions for different moving services

The weight restrictions placed on a move are there typically because of the limits of the equipment. However, in some cases, the weight helps determine the cost of the move.

Rental trucks

Truck weight is twofold — each truck has a maximum weight limit, and in many states, it determines whether or not you have to stop at weigh stations in a rental truck. Rental companies have limits for each model truck, so it's important to check those before loading. For example, according to these moving truck FAQs, the 26 ft. U-Haul® truck weighs 12,600 lbs. empty and the gross vehicle weight is 20,000 lbs. max. This means 7,400 lbs. can be loaded into the truck. Check out more about Budget® truck weights and Penske® truck weights here.

Moving containers

The equipment used to pick up and load moving containers also has a weight limit. This explains why a 16 ft. PODS® container is limited to 4,200 lbs. Check out more about PODS® container sizes.

U-Pack equipment

U-Pack has two equipment types, and each one has a different weight limit. Forklifts are used to place the ReloCube containers, so each 6' x 7' x 8' Cube can hold 2,500 lbs. The moving trailer option has a little more weight flexibility. The entire 28-foot trailer can hold up to 23,100 lbs., as long as it is spread evenly throughout the trailer.

Full-service movers

Full-service moving companies also have weight restrictions for their equipment, but the biggest issue is that they use weight to determine costs. They will send a representative to your home to look at everything and estimate the weight (and the price). Then on moving day, they’ll weigh the truck empty and loaded, and the final price will be based on those. Learn more about full-service movers.

Military moves

Weight may be most important for military moves, as reimbursement depends on submitting weight tickets. The military bases reimbursement rates for do-it-yourself moving on the weight of your shipment, so weight tickets are vital. If you're planning a military move, talk to the Transportation Office about the limits, and then research companies that supply weight tickets (U-Pack does). Truck rental will require stops at certified scales to get empty and full tickets.

How to estimate the weight of your shipment

Now that you know why it’s important, it's time to figure out how much your belongings weigh. You can't exactly put pieces of furniture on a bathroom scale when packing, but you can roughly estimate it  using linear feet. Put all of your belongings in our room-by-room space estimator, then take the linear footage and multiply it by 500 lbs. (one linear foot of household goods typically weighs 450-500 lbs.). If you're moving heavy items like tools, workout equipment or books, add on weight to be sure you’re not underestimating.

Weight vs. space

As mentioned above, full-service movers charge based on weight, which can be difficult to estimate. However, U-Pack charges based on space. You can either pay for the number of ReloCube containers used or the linear footage used in a moving trailer. Get a free moving quote to see how much space we estimate for your move and how much it would cost.

Have questions about moving weight restrictions?

If you have questions about truck weight, moving container weight or other restrictions, leave a comment below. We're here to help.

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