Moving day is often a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little preparation and the right amount of help, you can get the job done without tearing your hair out or breaking down into an overwhelmed, weeping mess. One way to help avoid those scenarios is by loading a moving truck the right way.
Here, we’re sharing some tips on the best way to pack a moving truck. You’ll find that this helps the loading process as well as the unloading process. At the very least, having a plan and communicating it to everyone involved in the moving process will make the whole thing go much smoother.
Take apart your furniture
It may be tempting to leave your furniture assembled when you move. After all, who wants to spend all that time taking it apart just to put it back together again? But taking apart your furniture can go a long way toward properly loading a moving truck.
Not only will this take up less space, but it will help ensure your furniture is not damaged during the moving process. It may also be necessary to fit items through doorways. Remember, just because it fits out of your old home doesn’t mean it will fit into the doorway of your new home.
When disassembling furniture, be sure to keep all the parts together. You can do this by taping them together with painter’s tape and keeping any screws or other connectors in a plastic bag taped to the larger pieces. Tall items like floor lamps, skis and bed frames can be rolled up in rugs to help protect them and minimize the number of items needing to be carried.
Start with heavy and large items
Heavy or large items (especially appliances or anything that requires two people to lift) should be moved first when loading a moving truck. Place these items as close to the cab as possible, and keep them upright. Balance the truck by alternating sides with heavy items. Furniture padding or moving blankets will help protect any items placed against the sides of the truck from damage or scratching.
Long items second
After loading the big and heavy items, follow it up by loading long items. This includes mattresses, headboards, sofas, rolled rugs or any other long items. Placing them against the sides of the moving truck will keep them upright and make the most efficient use of space.
Do small boxes and odds and ends last
When you’ve got the big items out of the way, now it’s time to load smaller boxes and odd-shaped or fragile pieces. This way, you’ll be able to find places for fragile items that will protect them from moving around too much, and you can fill in small gaps in the packed truck with little boxes. Bags of clothes, linens and other flexible items are good for this as well.
With a little preparation and the right attitude, you can remove a lot of stress from moving and packing a moving truck. Contact Lamberson Packaging Solutions today for all your moving and packaging needs.