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If you decided to DIY your move then you probably already rented a moving truck. However, simply renting it isn’t enough, you need to know how to load a moving truck to make sure you use all the space properly and ensure the safety of your belongings.
You know that a little preparation goes a long way so make a well-detailed plan before the moving day since it will be hectic. A day or two before the big day, make a list of all your belongings and boxes in the order of how they should be loaded. This small step will make moving day go a lot smoother. In this article, I will walk you through the process of packing and loading the moving truck the correct way.
Choose The Right Size Of Moving Truck
It is crucial to rent a truck that will fit your needs perfectly. Make sure that the size and the amount of weight it can carry are in line with your requirements. If you make a mistake you can always pack the truck for a second trip but that will cost you more.
The main goal is to learn how to load a moving truck the right way s your move will be faster and cost-efficient. Take some time and research the websites of the renting company to see all the available trucks and their measurements. In case you are not sure what exactly you need, contact their customer support, and they will help you pick out the best one.
How To Pack A Moving Truck Tips And Tricks
Most people don’t realize there is a preferable way to load a moving truck. To make sure all your belongings are safe, and that you can unload the most important things with ease and on time, for example, a nursery room, you need to plan it well.
Think of it as playing a game of Tetris, you need to be smart and use all the nooks and crannies, this way you will provide more support to your belongings since there will be no free space for wiggling.
First goes the largest and heaviest items
Starting with the largest and heaviest objects is a smart thing to do. All your major electric appliances should be placed in the truck in the beginning. Household appliances that take more than two people for loading are first on the list. Always position them against the far wall closest to the cabin. Keep these items in the upright position. Making a balance is crucial, so placing heavy objects on opposite sides is a proper way to do it.
Use moving blankets to protect the walls, wood surfaces, and corners. Using this padded protection will also allow you to slide heavier pieces into the truck easier.
Next are long items
After you load all the big boys, the tall ones are next in line. The long pieces include box springs, shelves, mattresses, full-length mirrors, bed frames, headboards, couches, and sofas. These items always go against the longest walls of the truck. This way you will keep them upright and save a lot of space.
When you load mattresses and furniture like sofas make sure you cover them with protective blankets to prevent damage and stains.
Now load your detached furniture
Disassemble dressers, tables, desks, lamps, or any other furniture that allows you to do that. Tape all the pieces together and label them correctly so you don’t mix some things up.
Roll up your rugs, and here is the fun part, place some long and fragile items inside, then tape your rug closed. Make sure you do this all around the rug and on both ends as well. If you want you can use linens and blankets to stuff both ends of the rug to prevent items from falling out during the move. Always place the rug on the floor of the truck, never in an upward position!
Load remaining boxes (the large one first!)
Next, start loading the largest and heaviest boxes. Place the boxes on top of the appliances and furniture, filling any gaps beneath tables, under desks, and on chair seats. Make sure the heavy boxes don’t contain any fragile items.
Transfer lighter boxes to the truck and stack them on the heavier boxes, making sure the lightest boxes are on top. Try to stack boxes in rows until they reach the top of the truck. Fill any space between the top of the boxes and the truck’s ceiling with soft, crushable items, such as garbage bags full of clothing, bedding, and linens.
Fill all the gasps with fragile and odd-shaped items
Place fragile items or awkwardly shaped items on last. Make sure they don’t move around during transport. The best spot for fragile boxed items is in cubby holes underneath tables, desks, and beneath chair legs.
The last items to be loaded should be those items that can be stuffed into holes and don’t contain anything fragile, like bags full of clothes, linens, blankets, and towels. Hangers, garage items, boots and shoes, and anything that won’t break during a move can be used to fill empty spaces.
The best way to pack a moving truck is to do it with deliberation and care, rather than making it a frantic, mad dash to get everything done. Have a plan and you can’t go wrong.
Now That You Know How To Load A Moving Truck…
Well, now that you have all the knowledge you’ll need to do this in real life. We admit that in writing it seems easier than it is, but if you start on time and you keep your calm you will eventually do it the right way. However, if you gave up on renting a truck after you read this through then we have the solution for you as well.