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Moving Truck Size Tips

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Size of Vehicle & Other Tips

The Basics

In Vancouver, space and parking can be limited. Sometimes there is no loading zone and a special parking permit will need to be purchased from the city to reserve a space. When there is limited space multiple vehicles can be staggered to make use off elevator time and time available to use the loading zone. Packing expensive items may take some time and it could be that a packing crew should be called in the day ahead so that vehicle, elevator and loading zone times are not wasted. If there are elevators – time slots must be booked well in advance. Your concierge will let you know what size vehicle is possible and where the loading zone is for your move.

Generally speaking the concierge or building manager will let you know exactly what is needed to have a straightforward move. If we have to park illegally to get a move done or to get it done faster the client must give the movers permission to do so and agree to pay the fine if there is one. If change or credit card parking is needed to park the trucks and personal vehicles the client is responsible for this and must be ready to pay for this.

If you have doubts that you will be ready for your move and time is a limiting factor the easiest thing to do is to call in one of our packing crews. This will make move day go much smoother as we will have eyes on what needs to be done before the trucks show up. This way we can properly advise you on how best to deal properly with your specific needs. That extra truck and pair of hands may make all the difference when scheduling is tight.

Small moves & Deliveries

For small moves and deliveries, we use a 3/4 ton van that has a 5’x5’x9′ backspace with 4’x4′ back doors. This is good for queen-size beds as long as they are not too thick- the thick queens may get damaged from bending them thru the doors.

Standard Two-Bedroom

For moves up to a standard two-bedroom condo we use a one-ton cube van that is about 16’x7’x7′. Its height is a bit under 10′. Some buildings can’t fit larger vehicles in which case the 3/4 ton or the one ton can be used as a shuttle service to get loads out to a waiting larger vehicle. As well- if the distance between the pickup and drop-off points isn’t that much then the time lost doing turnarounds won’t be much and being more maneuverable may be an advantage if access is difficult.

Large two-bedroom or three-bedroom condos/houses

For large two-bedroom or three-bedroom houses and condos we often use a three-ton cube van that is 18’x8.5’x8′ that comes with either a ramp or if needed a power lift for heavy items such as pianos.

Large three-bedroom or four-bedroom condos/houses

For large three-bedroom and four-bedroom condos or houses, we use a five-ton cube van that is about 24’x8.5’x8′ that may come with a ramp or with a power lift as needed.

Extra Movers

Extra movers are at $35 an hour plus a travel fee that is generally one hour unless the distances we have to go to make the move is longer than standard. If the seats are full in the trucks then another vehicle must be used and there will be an extra fee for this as well that varies by what type of vehicle or truck we need to bring.

GST & Paypal Fees

There is a 5% GST charge and if you need to pay with a credit card thru the website there is a 2% Paypal fee as well.

Using Shrink Wrap

Small amounts of shrink wrap and tape won’t be charged. All vehicles come with dollies, blankets and a few plastic totes which are supplied at no charge. We also bring a standard kit of packing material for which there is list pricing under the materials section of this website.


Breaks will not be charged. As moving is physical work and crews may work long days and weeks pushing thru fatigue and hunger may cause problems and breakage. I encourage my movers to take breaks when they need them and then the time will be tallied at the end of the move and taken off the final bill.

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