cheap moving is an emotionally trying event, because by changing location you leave an important part of your life behind. In order to make it a success, each step must be well organised: before, during and after, and this must be done several weeks or even months in advance, especially for the administrative procedures. Among the important steps is the estimation of the volume to be moved, also called "cubing".

What is "cubage"?

It is a calculation operation, which makes it possible to evaluate the overall capacity of the items to be moved. This step is very important, especially when the distance separating the two dwellings or the two premises is significant. If on D-day, part of the belongings don't fit into the commercial vehicle and the latter has to travel, for example, a distance of 300 or 400 km, you can imagine the nightmare that this can represent... It is precisely to avoid this type of scenario that it is strongly advised not to neglect the step of calculating the volume of the move.

Why evaluate the volume to be moved?

Estimating the volume to be moved allows you to save money by accurately evaluating the resources needed to carry out this operation: the volume of the commercial vehicle and the number of rotations it will have to make to transport your belongings.

With the right cubing, the cost of the move will be different, and you will know exactly what budget to devote to the event. If you carry out your cheap move yourself, the truck you rent will correspond to your real needs, and you will avoid any extra costs! In addition to being able to move more cheaply, thanks to a well-executed cubage, you will save time by avoiding making several return trips.

For example, if you have underestimated the volume of your belongings, and have decided to rent a truck with a capacity of 2.5 tons, having planned to make 2 rotations, requiring 4 hours of time, including loading, unloading and the journey, you may find yourself making 4 or 5 rotations, immobilising the truck for 3 or 4 hours more. In this case, it would be better to rent a larger capacity truck (5 tons, for example) and save time and money. Renting a truck for the whole day will cost you more than renting it for half a day.

How do you make a cubage?

There are several methods of calculation, more or less precise. Some people simply divide the surface area of their home by 2 to obtain the volume to be moved. If these people live in a 90 m² dwelling, their cubage would, according to this method, be 45 m3. However, it is clear that this method is approximate.

The second formula consists in multiplying the surface area of the dwelling by 0.4, 0.5 or 0.6, depending on how full it is. Concretely, to know the cubage of a 70 m² flat, very furnished, it will be necessary to multiply its surface by 0.6.

The third method of calculation consists of measuring the furniture, household appliances and cardboard boxes, in order to know the volume to be moved. This method requires a huge amount of time and patience.

The last method is to go to an online volume calculation site. You will then have to go room by room, indicating the number of objects, furniture and appliances you will be moving with. This online calculator will then provide you with your cubage. If you opt for this method, it is best to go through 4 or 5 online simulators to get as close as possible to your volume to be moved.

Whichever calculation formula you choose, it is advisable to allow an additional margin of 10 to 15%.

Who should carry out the cubing?

You can do it yourself, if you have decided to carry out your move on your own, by choosing one of the cheap moving volume calculation tools available online. You will then have to select the number of pieces of furniture and other objects before you can calculate their volume, in cubic metres.

Otherwise, if you have decided to entrust your cheap removal to a professional, by selecting it, for example, on the contact platform:, the removal company will send an expert to the address you have given them, to carry out a technical visit, including the cubing stage, bearing in mind that they will not be able to give you a precise and definitive estimate before this visit. Translated with (free version)