Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

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Caduceus
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Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Post by Caduceus » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:42 pm

I just completed a move and the movers came back saying that the shipment for all my possessions was 65 cubic feet. I don't own much (well, at least I didn't think I did), so I was a little shocked.

For others who have moved, did you know how much cubic feet worth or weight of stuff you moved? I am trying to get a ballpark. A third of my possessions were irregular shaped items, so it is hard to tell if the movers are correct.

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Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:46 pm

Answers are going to be all over the map. When my wife and I last moved, on the company's dime, I'm sure we were in the 1000 cubic feet region. On the other end, a friend of mine moved from Mass to Texas. He sold everything, including his goat, packed his volvo wagon and small enclosed trailer with his Grateful Dead collection, his ginormous audio system and drove to TX. He bought a new house there and new everything else. What's a volvo and trailer hold? Maybe 30 cubic feet?
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Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Post by tev9876 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:01 pm

65 cubic feet would be a box just a tiny bit larger than 4' per side. Make it rectangular and your couch might fit in it (7x3x3 = 63 ft^3). The smallest cargo trailer that Uhaul rents is 142 ft^3, so you used less than half of a 4x8x4' trailer. That is not a lot of stuff in most people's opinions.

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Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Post by Watty » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:07 pm

tev9876 wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:01 pm
65 cubic feet would be a box just a tiny bit larger than 4' per side.
+1

With that little shipping it by US mail or UPS in a dozen or so boxes would have been an option.

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Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Post by MP173 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:20 pm

Boxes which hold books are 1.5 cf.
Boxes for misc stuff are 3.0 cf.
Linens and lightweight stuff go into 4.5 cf.

My first job was sales for a moving company.

The typical ratio was the total cubic ft x 7 lb per cf = estimated weight.

Thus 1000 cf would be estimated at 7000 pounds.

A typical house with 4 bedrooms and all appliance shipping would probably be in the 12,000 - 15,000 pound range.

Your 65 sf would probably be around 500 pounds.

This is based on my memory from 40 years ago.

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Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Post by MP173 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:25 pm

Boxes which hold books are 1.5 cf.
Boxes for misc stuff are 3.0 cf.
Linens and lightweight stuff go into 4.5 cf.

My first job was sales for a moving company.

The typical ratio was the total cubic ft x 7 lb per cf = estimated weight.

Thus 1000 cf would be estimated at 7000 pounds.

A typical house with 4 bedrooms and all appliance shipping would probably be in the 12,000 - 15,000 pound range.

Your 65 sf would probably be around 500 pounds.

This is based on my memory from 40 years ago.

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Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Post by ReadyOrNot » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:22 pm

I once moved with only what I could cram into a Toyota Echo, which supposedly had around 100 cu. ft of usable volume. Seems it must have been equivalent to about 20-odd or 30 boxes of around 2 cu. ft. each. I suppose that could be around 60 cu. ft. I did not bring anything like a bicycle which would have taken the entire rear seat by itself. And I did leave plenty of room at the driver's position and could use all my mirrors. Other than those irregular shapes, could you have brought everything with you in your car?

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Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Post by Bacchus01 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:27 pm

Having moved several times on the corporate dime, one advice I give to people is to weigh their stuff. Cost to move was about $1/lb. it might be more now. If the item is worth less than $1/lb and has no sentimental value, sell it. Don’t pay to move it! Even if you give it away and buy new, you are break even.

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Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Post by ram » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:38 pm

I have moved my college going kids multiple times. The space in the Honda Odyssey with 2nd row seats removed and 3rd row folded flat is about 5.5 (L) X4(B)x 3(H) = 66 Cu feet. So 65 cu ft is typically dorm room stuff with a bicycle.

Consider the cost of your goods and the cost of moving. Once I was quoted 30K for a household move over 10,000 miles. I sold everything except what I could put in 8 suitcases (2 suitcases/person) and bought everything new at the other end.
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