Loading A Moving Truck
To save time on moving day, pick up the rental truck the night before. Most companies will provide videos or brochures that show how to properly load items onto the truck. Get the dimensions so you can plan how stuff will be arranged. Doing this in-advance can save you a lot of time on moving day.
I would also advise renting a few dollies, especially if you’re loading heavy furniture and appliances. They’ll make your life a lot easier.
When stacking boxes inside the truck, stagger them as you would bricks. The first row of boxes should be stacked the highest. Each subsequent stack should be a little lower to block the boxes from falling. The heaviest boxes should be on the bottom.
Distribute heavy belongings evenly along the sides and down the middle, front to back. Put the lightest items on top and pack all the way up to the ceiling. Each layer should be secure and able to bear the weight stacked on top of it.
Box springs, mattresses, headboards, sofas, and table tops can go on the sides. Push sofas, tables, boxes against the mattresses to keep them upright.
You might be able to turn tables upside down and set them on top of sofas. Boxes, pillows, cushions can be placed around the table legs. A table can also be stood up vertically if the legs are detached.
Chest drawers should face the walls so they don’t open. Rolled up carpet should be covered and placed along the side.
Each piece of furniture should have 2-3 thick pads or thick blankets covering it.
Stack chairs by setting one right-side up and the other upside down. Small boxes, lampshades, toys, and other smaller items can be placed under the chair and on top of the highest chair.
Electronics, dishes, and fragile items are best placed in the over cab storage compartment. Load them right up against the wall, close to the cab. A good place for mirrors and glass is sandwiched in-between two mattresses.
Securing The Load
If the truck comes with tie down rings, use rope or straps to secure the heavy stuff in place. A cargo net is ideal for full coverage, but getting one might be difficult.
Fill empty space with boxes to prevent shifting. If the truck is full, then shifting won’t be much of an issue. A half truck however could be dangerous, so it must be secured well. A lot of moving companies offer bracing materials that can be nailed to wood strips in the floor to prevent shifting.
Hooks and eyes can also be used to help tie down equipment. If possible, cover your shipment with plastic once it’s loaded. Every 5 or 6 feet, rope a section off. Tie the rope to a hook on one side of the truck, wrap it around, and tie to the other side.
Secure the dresser drawers with a long piece of string and tie it vertically in a knot. The string won’t damage the finish, as tape would, and will keep the drawers shut.
What To Load Last
Load the “open first” boxes last so they can be accessed right away. Any items going to a storage facility should also be packed last so they can be unloaded first.
Before starting, know your physical limitations. Hurting yourself in an attempt to carry something heavy isn’t worth it, especially on moving day. Squat when lifting boxes to prevent back injuries. Be quick but don’t hurry.
If friends and family are helping, assign each person a role so everyone is organized. Don’t ask a person to do something they’re not capable of.
Pull the dolly up the ramp instead of pushing it. When going down the ramp, the dolly should go first.
Be careful when first opening the back door once you’ve arrived. Things might have moved around and could fall out.
If pulling a trailer, the front should be loaded heavier than the back. Have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.