If you're renting a moving truck for your upcoming move, you need to know how to pack and load the truck correctly. After all, moving truck rental companies often charge a standard fee plus mileage, so it's important to take the least amount of trips possible. Additionally, the more trips you have to take between your new and old house, the more gas money you'll need. So follow these tips when you're packing your belongings and loading the truck to make the move easier and less expensive.
Packing Your Belongings
Packing isn't difficult as long as you have plenty of cardboard boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap. However, the more boxes you have, the more room you need in your rental truck. If you're a clever packer, you might be able to get your belongings into a smaller moving truck, which will save you some money on the price of the truck rental. Use the following tips to help you get started:
- Leave items that are in the drawers of your furniture alone. You can easily transport them while they are still in the drawer. You can pull the drawers out to make the piece of furniture lighter to move. Then, put them back in before loading the piece on the truck. Make sure you face the drawers towards the side of the truck or another large piece of furniture so they don't open in transit.
- Buy packing boxes that fit neatly on the shelves of your bookcases—most truck rental companies sell moving boxes in numerous sizes. Once the bookcase is loaded into the truck, slide the boxes on the shelves to save space.
- Leave your clothes on the hangers instead of packing them in boxes. Simply, slide a garbage bag around the clothes so that the hangers stick out of the top of the bag and tie the bag closed. If you wait until everything else is loaded into the truck, you can lay the clothing on top of your furniture so they lay flat.
- Try your best to pack your belongings in boxes that are the same size so they stack easier.
Loading the Truck
Many people believe that you should load moving trucks by putting the largest items in the truck first. However, if you have a lot of boxes, that isn't true. To make the most of the space you have, load the boxes first, stacking them from floor to ceiling at the front of the truck — this works best with boxes of the same size. Make sure you use packing straps to hold the boxes in place while you drive, and then load your furniture in behind the boxes. You should also:
- Disassemble tables before loading them into the truck. Tables take up way too much unnecessary space when they are assembled.
- Set your couches on end in the truck to save space.
- Protect your mirrors and large pictures during transport by putting them between two bed mattresses.
Packing your belongings and loading a rental truck isn't difficult if you know what you're doing. Just make sure you're making the most of the space in your boxes and in the truck to make your move easier and more cost effective.
For information on renting a moving truck, contact a company like Elite Truck Rental.