With all the details of a move, from finding a new place to live to figuring out what’s going with you, an often overlooked detail is properly packing and loading your moving truck. No matter if you are moving down the street or moving all the way across the country, the way you pack your belongings in your moving truck can save or cost you time, money, and energy. Take a look at our tips to ensure that you have your truck packed perfectly to get your possessions to your new home safely and securely.
Rent The Right Truck
The first, and possibly most important, step in packing and loading your moving truck is making sure that you have a truck that is fit for the job. Most truck rental places will give and estimated amount of rooms that a certain truck size will fit. Make sure that you take a look at the size chart and if you’re close on space, do yourself a favor and just get the next size up in moving trucks. Rather than spending the time and energy squeeze everything in, get a truck where you have some room to play with.
Hire Professionals If Possible
Obviously, the best way to make sure that your moving truck is packed properly is to hire movers to make your move a success. If you have the means, movers take a lot of stress off of your move. Not only will they make sure that your belongings make it to your new home safely and securely, but they will take care of having the right truck and supplies handy for your move so that you have less things to worry about.
Buy The Right Supplies
Another key to packing your moving truck properly is having the right supplies for the job. This starts with having sturdy, new boxes and packing tape. Although it might be tempting to use what you have at your house, old boxes put your possessions at risk. Also, make sure that when you’re renting your truck, you inquire about if a dolly is included, what type of furniture pads are in the truck, and if they provide straps. These items are often the difference between a successful move and broken items.
Load The Heaviest Items First
Once you’re ready to start loading your truck, start with the heaviest items first. Part of the reason for doing this is to balance the weight on the center of the truck. Not only will this keep your possessions safe, but it will make your truck easier to drive. Although, it isn’t thought of as a risk often, moving trucks are difficult to drive and anything to reduce the risk of an accident will keep you and your possessions safe.
Protect Your Possessions
When loading your truck, make sure that you that you properly secure your furniture. Make sure to use furniture straps to secure your larger pieces and use mattress pads between pieces as well. This will avoid unwanted scratches and damages to your possessions. Also, be cognizant of the weight of boxes and make sure that the heaviest are on the bottom. Just because your truck and items are stable when the truck is stationary doesn’t mean they will stay that once you are on the road.