Will 2 Men and a Truck Be Enough for Your Upcoming Move? Our Crew and Truck Recommendations

You have a move coming up, and you’re a little nervous.

You want to be prepared, but you don’t want to spend all of your money on this relocation.

Can you get away with using two movers and a single truck for your move? That depends on several factors.

Keep reading to find out how to make your move go smoothly with the right number of movers and truck size for your situation, plus some tips to make your life easier throughout the process.

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Planning for Your Move: How Many Crew Members Will You Need?

Whether you’re moving from a large, multi-story home or a small apartment and going down the street or across the country, you need to know how to plan.

Here’s what we think you’ll need for a variety of spaces.

Small Studios and 1-Bedroom Apartments (Up to 500 Sq. Ft.): Are 2 Men and a Truck Enough?

For small studios and one-bedroom apartments that are less than 500 square feet, we estimate that you would need two movers to load and unload your belongings and a 16-foot truck to put them in.

We also predict that you will need:

  • 7-12 small boxes
  • 9-13 medium boxes
  • 5 large boxes
  • 2 extra-large boxes

You will also want to have one to two rolls of bubble cushion, one to two units of dish foam, one unit of packing paper, and plenty of packing tape.

2-Bedroom Apartments and Small Homes (500-1,000 Sq. Ft.): Are 2 Men and a Truck Enough?

For two-bedroom apartments and small homes between 500 and 100 square feet, you’ll need three or four movers. Two movers might handle it — but it will take them longer to load and unload. You will also want a 16-22 foot truck for this move.

For boxes, we recommend:

  • 13-20 small boxes
  • 14-19 medium boxes
  • 6-10 large boxes
  • 3-5 extra-large boxes

In addition, you’ll need two rolls of bubble cushion, two units of dish foam, two units of packing paper, and even more packing tape.

2-3 Bedroom Homes (1,000+ Sq. Ft.): Are 2 Men and a Truck Enough?

In this case, two men are no longer enough for your move. When moving a two-to-three-bedroom home of over 1,000 square feet, you will likely need from three up to six movers in some cases as well as a 22-28 foot truck. You might need more than one truck.

You will also need:

  • 21-34 small boxes
  • 20-33 medium boxes
  • 11-18 large boxes
  • 6-10 extra-large boxes

As well as these boxes, you’ll want two to three rolls of bubble cushion, two units of dish foam, two to three units of packing paper, and still more packing tape.

Large Homes, Offices, Retail, and Commercial Space (1,500 Sq. Ft.): Are 2 Men and a Truck Enough?

For large homes, offices, retail, and commercial property of over 1,500 square feet, you will need at least three movers. If you have over 2,000 square feet you should hire from four to five movers, and if you’re over 3,000 then you’ll do best with six. Your truck should be 22-28 feet.

Supplies should include:

  • 35-42 small boxes
  • 34-47 medium boxes
  • 19-26 large boxes
  • 11-15 extra-large boxes

As the size of your space increases, so will the number of boxes. You’ll also need a minimum of three rolls of bubble cushion, two to three units of dish foam, three units of packing paper, and basically all of the packing tape. 

Seriously, you can’t buy enough packing tape. Just get more than you need so you don’t have a breakdown when you run out at 11 p.m. the night before your move.

Can 2 Men and a Truck Handle Long-Distance Moves?

The number of movers and size of the truck you need will be based more on your home size and amount of belongings than how far you are going. But for the most part, you could handle a long-distance move with two men and one truck.

Since there are strict rules about how long-distance drivers can legally be on the road at a time, if your move is an especially long one that will complicate things a bit – or at least lengthen the amount of time it will take your belongings to get from Point A to Point B.

If you’re trying to plan a long-distance move without breaking the bank, let Next Moving help you get started with a free quote today.

How Much Will 2 Men and a Truck Cost Me?

Moving costs depend on many factors, including:

  • The size of your home
  • Whether you’re a minimalist, a packrat, or somewhere in between
  • The weight of your belongings
  • Whether you have any specialty items such as a piano or exercise equipment
  • The time of year you’re moving — if it’s the busy season, your move could cost more due to higher demand

To find out how much your moving crew and truck will cost based on this information, contact Next Moving for a free quote.

4 Tips to Help Make Your Move Easier

#1: Be Realistic

You may be tempted to save money by hiring a minimal crew. But if your home is on the larger size and your belongings are many, two men will probably not be enough.

Not hiring enough movers or a big enough truck for your job will lead to it taking more time and requiring multiple trips, which will be less efficient and end up increasing the price.

#2: Plan, Prepare, and Organize

Leaving things until the last minute can result in unwanted items being included in your move, wasting space and time.

Use the weeks (and even months if you’re able) leading up to your move to declutter your home and plan exactly what you want to take with you.

Make sure your boxes are sorted by room as much as possible and well-labeled. There’s not much quite as frustrating as needing something when you get to your new home and not being able to find it.

Speaking of which, it’s a great idea to have a first-night or essentials box that will be the last thing you pack before you move and the first one you open in your new home. 

The items in this box should allow you to:

  • Clean your home
  • Provide small meals
  • Deal with mini emergencies; and
  • Keep your family entertained while the unpacking is going on

#3: Meet With Your Mover Ahead of Time

Movers should do an in-home visit or an online estimate to evaluate how much truck space and crew will be needed. They can also make suggestions on how many boxes you’ll need, packing materials, etc. 

It’s always a good idea for the pros to get eyes on your space and belongings so everyone involved will know exactly how to plan for the big day.

#4: Enlist the Help of Friends and Family

If all you can afford is two men and a truck, moving costs can be decreased if you get some extra help for your move.

If you get friends and family to help move boxes, valuables, small furniture items, plants, rugs, and other items such as those, it could help cut down on crew time and truck space, saving you money in the long run.

How Can I Find 2 Men and a Truck Near Me?

So you need to schedule a move, and you’re looking for two men and a truck. Movers across the country could be available to help you, but it’s easiest if you’re able to find everything you need in a central location.

That’s where Next Moving comes in. We’re your one-stop shop to find movers, trucks, packing supplies, and more. Just let us know what you need and we’ll provide you with a free quote.

Next Moving: Offering Crews and Trucks for Every Move

Next Moving is a trusted local and long-distance moving company.

We have:

  • 99.8% satisfied clients
  • 0.1% jobs with damages; and
  • 3.7 years average movers’ experience

We are also 100% licensed and insured. With numbers like that, why would you look anywhere else for your moving needs?

Contact Next Moving for a free quote today.


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