On moving day, packing your moving truck can be met with strong emotions — bittersweet sadness for where you are leaving mixed with excited fear for where you are headed — as well as the stress of getting everything loaded and leaving on time. Having a solid game plan and knowing, ahead of time, what everyone is doing helps to speed up the loading process, make the ride smoother, and avoids damage to your belongings. Here, we would like to take some time to discuss some truck packing techniques that are tried and true.
Before Loading the Moving Truck
Get the right size.
Make sure to rent the right size truck for your belongings. If you rent too big of a truck, the weight will be horribly dispersed, which will slow down your drive, and well as waste money on the rental and extra gas! If the truck you rent is too little, you may be left making decisions on what gets left behind or returning the truck rental place to negotiate for a bigger truck or a trailer. Many truck rental places rate their trucks by how many bedrooms your home has, but keep in mind how full those rooms are in your home — adjust accordingly.
Pack your belongings.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but all too often people are insistent that they will just use bags, luggage, and furniture to hold their belongings when they move. This is a sure fire way to add hours to truck loading as well as guarantee damage to your belongings. Pack as much as you can into similar size boxes or totes. Distribute weight in the boxes well so that nothing bulges at the sides and when someone lifts the box it doesn’t easily tip. Pack heavy items, like books, in smaller boxes. Be sure to use sturdy boxes that won’t collapse under the weight of other boxes.
While there is no need to completely take apart everything you own and box it up, bigger furniture should be disassembled to make it easier to handle and stack. Table legs should be removed, if possible to take up less awkward space. Floor rugs can be rolled up and cribs and bed frames should be disassembled. Be sure to put the hardware in labeled ziplock and kept all in one place so you can easily assemble later.
Refrigerators and freezers should be emptied, unplugged, and cleaned at least 48 hours prior to loading. Make sure to drain water from refrigerators and washing machines.
Gather everything you’ll need.
Before you open the back of your moving truck and begin to load it, make sure you’ve gotten everything you’ll need. We recommend keeping a screwdriver and a roll of tape handy, just in case. Other supplies you may need are furniture protection — blankets, mattress bags or moving pads — a dolly and moving straps or some sort of tie down. Once you have all of your supplies, it is time to assemble your team (and some drinks and nourishment for them!).
Now that you are prepared to pack your truck, stay tuned to the next installment where we will discuss how to pack it. If you need a moving truck, moving supplies, or a storage unit in Charlottesville, contact us at Store It Right.