When you move without the help of moving professionals, the biggest challenge is that you are responsible for every part of the move, from packing and loading a truck to driving it to your new home. One of the most overlooked parts of a do-it-yourself move is having a plan when it comes to loading the moving truck with your belongings. As with anything else, there are best practices when packing a moving truck, which is one of the benefits of hiring professional movers: they do it every day and know exactly how to place things in the truck for maximum safety and efficiency. In the paragraphs below, we’ll describe the best approach and strategy for packing a moving truck to make sure that all your belongings are transported safely.
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First Things First: Choosing the Right Sized Moving Truck
Planning and organization mean everything when you’re moving, especially if it’s a do-it-yourself move. This also applies to booking and renting a moving truck. One of the most important things you need to think about early in the process is what size moving truck you will need. As you probably know, the larger the truck, the higher the cost so you want to get the most accurate idea of how much space you’ll need to move all your stuff. Take an inventory of all your furniture and try to ballpark how much space you’ll need for boxes if you still have packing to do. Consider how the items might fit into a moving truck and remember that there is typically a lot of vertical room that goes unused when packing a moving truck. Couches and mattresses can be set on their ends to save room, so long as you’re careful about making sure they’re insulated well enough with other items so as not to tip during the drive.
Once you have an idea of idea of how much space you’ll need in the truck and what size truck you will ultimately need, it’s a good idea to go one size higher. There are always some surprises on moving day and running out of space is one of them that you don’t want to deal with.
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Gather the Necessary Supplies
Keep in mind that you’ll need moving supplies when you rent a truck, too. A lot of times, the items you’ll need—such as appliance straps, hand trucks, and blankets—may be able to be rented a long with the truck. But you’ll also want to make sure you have everything to protect more delicate items or things that may break if not packed correctly. If you need an idea of the best approach for safely packing items before they go into the truck, here is a list of the moving supplies you might need when moving.
Heavy Items First
You want to pack the heavy items first, in the front of the cargo area near the cab of the truck. Things that are good candidates to pack first include refrigerators, washers and dryers, and heavier furniture. Keep in mind that you can also make use of some of the room in the cab of the truck if you have any smaller, delicate items or documents that you don’t want shifting around in the back of the truck. After all the heavy items are loaded, you can start putting in smaller furniture and boxes near the back of the truck. One important thing to remember is that you want somewhat even weight distribution in the truck so it’s a good idea to fill out the sides of the trucks with items that have some weight to them as well. Heavier boxes can also go in the middle of the truck to offset some of the weight of the other items and keep it balanced.