Sunday, 29 January 2017

Loading a Moving Truck

To load a moving truck is just as overwhelming as the whole process of moving. You need to arrange your belongings in a way that minimizes damage and increases space; it can indeed be a tricky endeavor. Here are a few steps you may follow to make the process a lot easier and welcome fun.

Gather the materials

If you wish to pack your belongings and load a moving truck in the most efficient and safest way possible, you will need a few items to protect your things. You can get the supplies from either a hardware store, or a moving supply store. Here are the materials you require:

1. A dolly to move your heaviest furniture and boxes
2. Plastic stretch wrap, paper padding, and furniture pads to prevent furniture damage
3. Packing tape to hold the padding on the furniture
4. Straps to fasten the furniture secure

Dismantle furniture

Dismantling large furniture makes packing, moving and loading easy.

1. Get rid of the sofa cushions.
2. Take apart your bed frames and bed.
3. Take out all the drawers of heavy dressers, and individually carry them to the truck. When loading the dresser in the truck, put all the drawers back in place and tape them.

Pack bookcases and books imaginatively to save space

In case you have too many books and bookcases, make sure you get specific boxes that can fit your bookcases. Regular boxes are normally too wide and take up a lot of space.

Move all furniture to the street

When you move all your furniture to the street before loading, it will help you get a clear idea of how much you are working with, and how best to arrange them all inside the truck.

Loading the truck

Load the heaviest items first

You must have two people inside the truck who will act as the designated ’loaders’; others should help carry things to the truck. Load first heaviest items that include fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and stove. Load next large furniture such as living room chairs, sofas, and entertainment units.

Load the longer items

Such items include tabletops, sofas, headboards, box springs and long mirrors. Place them against the walls of the truck; they are the longest to save on space and should be kept straight. For extra protection, secure those items with straps and ties.

Load the boxes

Choose boxes that are of similar strength and size so that you can pile them on top of one another. Place the largest and heaviest boxes at the bottom, lighter ones at the top and those of medium weight in the middle. This will help in creating three layers of weight.

Load the remaining items

Your aim should always be to load the moving truck in such a way that it can store as much as possible without squeezing any of the items together. Arrange heavy items at the bottom and delicate items at the top to avoid damage.

By following these tips, you will ensure that your moving becomes a lot easier and stress free. You will do well to get further expert guidance from a reputed professional mover.