Working out Volume/Weight

Working out Volume/Weight

Transportation is about volume (how big something is) and the weight (how heavy), they work together in what is termed ‘Volumetric Weight’.  ALL transport and removal companies work on this basis, whether you are sending one box or a full lorry, it is weight and size.

Volume is used as we have to understand how much space will be used and will it go in.  Weight is used as vans and lorries can only legally carry a certain weight and it is very important to remain within the law and not overload on weight (this is why we always weigh everything as we load up).

Working out Weight

We do appreciate it is not always easy to work out the weight of a sofa or a washing machine etc, but, items like this we are quite good at knowing roughly the weight, so as long as we have an inventory list we can at least get a gauge on what weight you might have to allow that weight on the transport for you.

Smaller items like boxes, pictures, mirrors, smaller electrical items can usually be weighed on bathroom scales with a fair amount of success, sometimes you might need to weigh yourself, then pick up the item and then subtract your weight from the total weight of you holding the item.

Make a list of the items/boxes and the weight and total it up.

Many items when bought state the weights on the boxes, so if you have the original boxes then that could tell you the weight.

Working out Volume

There is no real magic behind working out volume, it is some fairly simple math and a trusty tape measure.

Volume is calculated in m3 (cubic metre).   a m3 is 100cm x 100cm x 100cm.

To give you an idea a washing machine is usually 60x60x85cm = so to work out the m3 of that appliance you make it 0.6m x 0.6m x 0.85m = 0.306m3.   If you kept it as cms and had 60x60x85 you need to then divide by 1,000,000 to get m3.

Again you do this for each box and item, make a list, write the dimensions, we can always take the dimensions and work out the volume.

* Volume can end up being higher than the actual items you measure, as, they may not stack/load perfectly with zero air, so allow some extra, on loading and packing as tightly as possible we measure the space actually taken.

Some Examples

Washing machines are 0.3m3

Undercounter fridges and freezers are also 0.3m3

American fridge freezers are often around 1.1m3

A 2 seater sofa would be about 2m3, a 3 seater about 2.5, and L-Shape sofa 3-4m3.

A typical box of 30x40x40 = 0.048, so 10 of those boxes would be about 0.5m3.

It's Not Just Volume!

Remember, as mentioned in the opening paragraph it is NOT just volume but also weight!

If you have a palette of floor tiles that might be 1m3 in volume but could weigh 500kg and would cost more than 1m3 of volume.

It is always weight and volume.

On average clients get small boxes to 20kg, so 10 boxes might be 0.5m3 but would weigh 200kg.

Weight is equally if not more important than volume.  Going over on volume means we may not get it in the transport, but going over on weight would mean we break the law, high fines etc.