MOVING & SHIPPING
How to Pack a Moving Truck
If you hire a professional moving company, you won’t need to worry about how to pack a moving truck. However, if you rent a moving truck, use your own, or borrow a buddy’s with the intention of doing the heavy lifting yourself, these tips will help you make as few trips as possible and ensure all of your things arrive at your new home in the same condition they left your old one.
Packing a moving truck is often compared to a game of Tetris. The goal is to fill leave very few open holes in order to pack your items securely and avoid having to make additional trips — or leave something behind.
Get prepared with the proper moving supplies.
Purchase several moving boxes of the same size to make stacking in the moving truck easier. If renting a truck, ask about renting appliance dollies and moving blankets to help protect your furniture. You’ll be glad you took the time to have the right packing supplies on hand on moving day.
Load the heaviest items onto the moving truck first.
Major appliances and your largest pieces of furniture should go into the moving truck first and be packed tightly against the back wall. Place moving blankets or pads on top of and between the appliances to avoid dents and scratches. Moving boxes can be stacked on top of appliances to fill additional space.
Line mattresses and beds along the sides of the moving truck.
You’ll need to disassemble your beds before moving; place all the hardware in a small plastic bag and tape it to the rails or headboard. Stand the mattresses and box springs up along the side walls of the truck to make the best use of your space.
Stack same-size moving boxes from left to right.
Using same-sized moving boxes will allow you to make stable, secure stacks. Make sure you’ve labeled any boxes containing fragile items and place those boxes at the top of your stacks.
Fill empty spaces with lightweight items.
As you fill your truck from left to right and front to back with larger items, you’ll find you have open spaces. Use this space to load smaller boxes and lighter items that couldn’t be packed in boxes. Take advantage of the space underneath tables and on top of chairs.
Keep valuables with you.
Important papers and jewelry can be kept in a safe deposit box in the front of the truck with you. You’ll want to know where this container is at all times.
Tips provided by www.mymove.com.