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Weight vs. Cubic Feet Moving Estimates

By February 6, 2019September 16th, 2022No Comments

Moving Estimates

What’s the difference between weight vs. cubic feet moving estimates?

At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter whether you go with a moving company that uses weight or cubic feet. Understanding how each measurement system works can keep you from getting overcharges.

This is a question that comes across our desk almost daily. Which type of estimate should I trust and why? Customers are usually caught in the middle of two moving companies, but are unsure which direction to go. One moving company is claiming that weight is a scam where the other is claiming that cubic feet is a scam.

The good news is it really doesn’t matter which type of estimate you go with.

The bottom line is a scam moving company will always find a way to overcharge you regardless of the method of measurement they use. We always tell our customers to focus on hiring a reputable moving company and not worry about the measurement they use. Unfortunately there are scams on both ends so this is not the main question of the day. If you’re in search of top rated moving companies you can visit websites like or

A good mover will spend time to make sure your move is properly quotes and make sure you understand the worst case scenarios. IVL chooses to quote based on cubic feet simply because we found this to be the most accurate method for us. We’ve tried both and have had more success with volume vs weight. Most customers request a “binding estimate” and in that case the weight vs cubic feet really doesn’t matter. Make sure you go over a detailed item list with your relocation coordinator. You can always update the list as needed and this can be done up to 24 hours before the date of your move.

How to calculate Cubic footage

Cubic foot = length x width x height divided by 1728

Example = 25″x 25″ x 25″ then divide by 1728 = 9cuft

If you have any questions on weight vs cubic feet estimates please feel free to contact us at anytime.