There are many decisions to be made and much preparation when you decide to move. One of the major decisions when moving is if you are going to hire a moving company or if you will do the move with friends and family by renting a moving truck. When hiring a moving company, you need to do certain things to fully prepare for the move. Professional movers will help pack boxes (in certain circumstances) and load all your belongings onto the moving truck. But, what do you need to do if you are renting a moving truck? How can you make sure that all of your items will fit into the moving truck that you have rented?
How to Pack a Moving Truck
It is crucial when packing a moving truck to utilize every space and to protect your belongings during transit. If you plan ahead, you can save money on gas, mileage, and time when you are renting.
- Have everything that you are moving ready to go the day of the truck rental, so you aren’t wasting time packing when you have already paid for the truck.
- Rent the correct size of moving truck to fit all of your belongings.
- Have supplies, such as a moving dolly, furniture padding, tarps to cover your items, straps to keep them in place, tools and other materials that you will need in order to make your moving day easier.
- When packing a moving truck, distribute the weight of your belongings evenly on both sides of the truck. Do not exceed the truck weight limit as this can be unsafe and costly.
- Large appliances should be the first items to be packed onto a moving truck (or they could be the very last depending on your moving plan). Place appliances at the very back of the truck against the wall closest to the cab. The appliances should be kept upright and covered by a tarp.
- Place larger and longer items such as mattresses, box springs, headboards, couches, and table tops upright against the longest wall of the truck. Use mattresses and furniture pads to cover and protect the items. Dissemble bed frames and tables and place them near the table tops or mattresses.
- Next, add the packed boxes onto the truck. Fill in all areas towards the back of the truck first. Place the boxes on top of and in any extra space where you have placed your appliances. Put the heavier boxes on the bottom of the pile and then the lighter boxes on top until you have reached the ceiling. Stack like-sized boxes together.
- Fill in any open spaces with items that can be used as buffers such as bags of clothing, linens, bedding or pillows.
- Fragile items should be packed last on the truck.
- One of the key items to remember when learning how to pack for moving is to designate a few boxes as “open first”. These boxes should contain items that you might need right away in your new destination such as tools, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels, garbage bags and any items that you will need immediately for the first night at your new home.
Tips for Unloading a Moving Truck and Unpacking
Moving days are always stressful, but try to take deep breaths throughout the day. Once you have arrived at your new home, it is just as important to be organized when unloading your moving truck. Recruit family and friends to help with unloading the moving truck. While it can be done with two people, the more people helping, the quicker the move will be completed. Remember, the unpacking process does not have to be done in one day.
- Decide in advance in what rooms you want to place large furniture and appliances before you start unloading the moving truck. Make sure that doorways and hallways are big enough to allow you to move your items into the home or into room.
- When you are packing for your move, it is important to label boxes with their contents and the rooms to which they belong. On moving day, place these boxes into their proper rooms. This will allow you to be organized as well as find the items that you need in each room.
- Make sure that there is a safe pathway from the truck to the house as well as inside the house. Clear any obstructions and debris that will get in the way of movers.
- Take inventory of your items as they are being unloaded from the truck to make sure that nothing has been broken or lost. If using a moving company, keep a detailed list of the damaged items.
- Based on the room plan that was developed before the move, place the larger furniture in the room first. Put together beds and tables.
- Open the “open first” boxes to get to the items that you will need for unpacking and starting to set up your new home.
- Install and check appliances. For gas appliances, have a professional do the installation.
- Start unpacking the kitchen first. Have a plan on where you want to put the items that you use every day. These should be easily within reach. The items that are not used daily can wait to be unpacked.
- Set up the bathroom including hanging shower curtains, unpacking toiletries and putting toilet paper and soap into place. Next tackle the living room and bedrooms. Unpack the essential items first and leave the items that you might not need right away until later.
- Make sure to designate boxes and items that will need to be moved to a self storage unit. Self storage is a great home storage solution for items that you need to keep, but no longer have room for in your new home.
By following simple moving truck tips, you can fit everything that you need to in your moving truck and make the moving and unloading experience much easier. Good luck with your moving day!