Depending on your timeframe, budget, and preference for an upcoming relocation, you may decide on a do-it-yourself move. At Great Day Moving, we understand that sometimes opting for a self-move just makes more sense. So we have put together some tips for the do-it-yourselfers on properly loading a truck.
It is a good idea to research rental truck sizes to be sure you choose the right one and all your belongings fit. Once moving day arrives, you will want to maximize the use of space inside and secure everything to ensure safety and reduce damage during transit. Begin by placing cardboard, plastic sheeting, or floor covering on the floor to protect your furniture (especially mattresses and upholstered furniture) from any water, grease, or dirt.
Tips for Loading a Truck Properly
1. Use the ramp and dollies for safety
Using the ramp that typically comes with rental trucks will ensure you don’t put too much strain on your body when carrying heavier items onto the truck. Depending on the company you rent from, dollies may need to be rented separately. But they are very useful especially if you have a lot of boxes. When using dollies to carry appliances, furniture or boxes, be sure to always go up the ramp backwards for safety reasons.
2. Load large and heavy items first
Start loading the truck with heavy appliances like the refrigerator and stove and large furniture pieces like dressers and armoires against the front wall. Be sure to balance the truck by placing heavy objects evenly on opposite sides. You can turn furniture like mattresses and sofas on their side and anchor them between other pieces. If you have any open spaces, beneath tables or under desks, fill them with heavy boxes or other bulky items.
3. Secure items with straps or rope
Some companies may rent straps or rope for a fee or you can purchase your own reusable, adjustable straps or sturdy rope, like clothes line, at a local hardware or moving supply store. Use these to secure the large pieces of furniture to the wall of the truck by tying to hooks or rails on the side walls.
4. Load fragile and light items on top
While loading a truck, you can easily fill the gaps at the top with small boxes and fragile items. Use bagged pillows, furniture cushions, stuffed animals, blankets, or other soft, flexible items. Pack them tightly to reduce any shifting, rubbing, or puncturing that could happen during transit.
5. Use blankets and padding generously
Just like straps or rope, most companies either sell or rent professional moving blankets. Place these blankets, as well as your comforters, and any other padding you have between wood furniture, appliances, and other furniture. Be sure the blankets are wrapped around corners and that no two pieces of furniture or appliances are rubbing against each other.
Pack the truck as tight as possible all the way to the top to reduce shifting while in transit and remember to load heavy boxes on bottom and lighter boxes on top. Keep all the awkward and oddly shaped items until the end and strap or tie them in place.
Now you have the key components of loading a truck properly. And remember we’re always here should you decide life would be easier if our professional movers took care of the heavy lifting and loading your rental truck for you.