In part one of this series on how to pack a moving truck, we discussed the steps you should take prior to beginning the loading process for your moving truck. Now that you have rented the right size truck, packed your belongings, disassemble your furniture, and gathered supplies and helpers, it is time to begin loading your moving truck! In this installment, we will share all the tips on how to properly load the moving truck.
Loading the Moving Truck
Pack the cab first.
It is important to start with the cab of the truck first; or, if you have another vehicle that your partner is driving that you’ll have access to. In the cab, you should pack an overnight bag, even if you plan to unload your moving truck the same day, and all the supplies you will need to unload your moving truck when you arrive at your destination. This helps prevent these things from being inadvertently loaded into the back of the truck where you will not have access to it.
Load the heaviest items.
There has always been some debate here on which heavy items to load first — boxes or furniture. Whichever you choose, it will all turn out okay, as long as you stay consistent. The reason the heaviest items are loaded first is to keep the weight near the truck portion of the vehicle and prevent dragging on the rear wheels once the truck is loaded. A dragging truck can be very dangerous when you are driving, especially if the roads are not flat and straight. Load the truck from floor to ceiling, with the heaviest items on the bottom.
Protect furniture as you load.
If you have not already wrapped all your mattresses and furniture in protective blankets or furniture pads, you can do so as you load the truck. We recommend a barrier of some sort on the floor of the truck — plastic sheeting, a blanket, or a moving pad — to prevent your furniture (and the truck) from being scratched and getting dirty. Furniture blankets should be placed over furniture after it is loaded before it is tied down.
Tie everything down.
If you have packed everything well, nothing should shift. However, gravity happens, so it is a good idea to periodically tie items down as you load. Be sure to use tie downs every few layers and to secure large individual items to prevent shifting during driving.
Place mattresses and couches upright.
Mattresses and couches should always be loaded standing upright on their sides. Both mattresses and couches are the largest items in a household and because of the cushioning, are not ideal to pack things on top of. Take up as little space as possible by tipping them upright. Couch cushions should be removed and can be stored on top of mattresses!
Make use of all the space.
Make use of all the space on the truck. If you have dressers that were emptied, you can store small boxes in the drawers or on bookshelves. Store large frames and mirrors between mattresses. This helps maximize space while protecting fragile glass and mirror. Lamps usually fit well between chair legs, just be sure they are secured.
Add odds and ends last.
Once all of your boxes and furniture are loaded in and secured down, you can squeeze in all the odds and ends that are odd shaped or unable to pack in boxes. Make sure to leave room for the dolly! Before you close the door and pat yourself on the back for a job well done, take one last look to make sure nothing is at risk for shifting or being damaged in transit. Close the doors and get your move on!
We hope that these tips can help you get your moving truck loaded quickly and efficiently while protecting your household belongings. Moving is our business — if you need a moving truck rental, packing and moving supplies, or a storage unit in Ruckersville, contact us at Store It Right.