Moving’s a complicated process, before you ever even get to the moving truck. There’s the packing, the unpacking, hours of lifting, and days of planning with various movers, landlords, and helpful friends. A million questions like “What do I take?” and, even more importantly, “What do I give away?”
Not to mention finding a moving company you can trust. Or, once you’ve found one, knowing how to pack their truck when the big day comes.
Believe it or not, this simple task can make or break your moving experience. Join us, today, and we’ll show you how to pack a moving truck so things proceed smoothly on day zero.
First, A Moving Truck Packing List
Nobody loves to move houses. Knowing this, there are some things you can do to help grease the wheels on your next move. Start with a list. This list, in fact:
- Pack items that are similar in size and weight together in the back of the truck. This will help to protect smaller items from being crushed when bigger ones tilt or fall over.
- Keep items grouped according to what room they came from. Don’t be tempted to cross over – you will hate yourself when you’re running back and forth from your bathroom to the kitchen holding a shampoo-covered cheese grater. Label every box. If you have time, attach a list of contents as well.
- Bubble wrap your breakables.
- Just like when you’re bagging your groceries, make sure to place heavier items at the bottom of the box, and lighter at the top.
- If your box weighs more than 30 lbs, it’s too heavy, even if you can easily carry it.
Great, now that we’ve gotten the basics out of the way, let’s talk packing turkey.
A Place For Everything (And Everything In Its Place)
- First, load your heavy appliances, placing them against the wall closest to the cab. These appliances should be kept upright, and you should make sure any hoses are removed from their relevant appliances.
- Load your sofas, tables, and mattresses into the truck, next. You can maximize your space usage by shifting sofas over into vertical positions. Remove table legs as far as possible, before placing the table top itself vertically into the truck.
- Next, place the heaviest of your boxes on top of your appliances and furniture. Squeeze in any headboards and bed frames between the mattresses.
- Place heavy boxes in the middle of your truck, and lighter ones on top of those. Make sure your boxes are packed close together to stop them from sliding along with the movement of your truck.
- Finally, put any of your carpets, rolled up and upright, near the back of the truck. This way, they can be off-loaded first and put down on your new floors so nobody scuffs anything while you’re offloading.
How To Pack A Moving Truck? Now You Know
A move can be a chaotic experience. With the right amount of planning and a good team of people in your corner, though, you can turn it into something simple and easy to predict.
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