8 Tips for Packing a Moving Truck
When it comes to moving, we all want it to be as easy as possible. Unfortunately, it can be a very stressful process with a lot of room for things to go wrong. One of the most stressful parts of moving is the journey from your home to either your storage unit or your new place. Knowing how to efficiently and effectively pack a moving truck can help keep your items safe. It can also help cut down on costs and time it takes to pack the truck and move. Here are 8 easy tips for packing a moving truck:
1. Do a walk-thru of your house and note the order in which you want to pack your rooms into the truck.
Since you’ll want to load the larger, heavier items first, you should likely opt to pack your kitchen, laundry room, or master bedroom first.
2. Move the largest and heaviest items first.
This includes appliances such as the stove, washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher, and any other item that takes more than two people to move.
These items should be loaded on the truck before anything else and kept against the far wall closest to the cab. Keep the items in their upright positions and make sure you balance the truck by placing heavy objects on opposite sides.
3. Use furniture pads or old blankets to cover wood surfaces and protect corners.
It may seem tedious to take this extra step, but it will keep your items safe from scratches and damage. This will save you time and money, as you will not have to replace these items after the move.
4. Load longer items next, such as couches, mattresses, headboards and long mirrors.
Stand these items up if you can to save floor space. Cover mattresses with mattress covers to protect while moving. If you are moving in the rain or storing your mattress for a long time, a mattress protector is vital. Moisture can easily find its way into your mattress and ruin it, costing you upwards of $500.
5. Disassemble bed frames and tape or rope them together. Roll up carpets and place long items inside, then tape the carpet shut.
Taking apart furniture can help save space and keep the items safe from becoming bent or damaged.
6. After larger furniture and appliances are loaded, start loading large and heavy boxes.
Stack them on top or under other pieces of furniture to use all available space in the back of the truck.
7. After heavier boxes are loaded begin loading smaller and lighter boxes stacking them on top of heavier boxes and furniture.
8. Load fragile and irregular shaped items last, making sure they are secure so they will not shift while driving.
Now that you know how to pack your moving truck, it’s time to get packing with our 25 Easy Moving Packing Tips!