You’ve packed up all your belongings and have the moving truck at your house. The hard part is done; or is it? Some people think the loading part is actually the most complicated, and in most cases, they’d be right! The trick about loading a truck is that you can’t just load things in willy-nilly.
There has to be a certain formula followed if you want all your belongings to get to the new house or apartment in one piece. Keep reading to learn how to pack your moving truck like the way that the professional movers do it.
1. Load Heavy Items and Appliances Into Truck
It’s ideal to have two people who will be in the truck to act as the designated loaders, while everyone else carries the furniture to the truck and hands it to them if it’s light enough. The heaviest items and appliances should go into the truck first, at the front, so you can both maximize the space you have left, and stop the truck from dragging with a heavy back-end.
- Heaviest items include appliances like washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, fridge, chest freezer, and stove.
- Keep all these items upright and spread them among the back wall of the truck. Washer and dryer should be set on either side of the fridge.
- Load your large pieces of furniture next, like living room chairs, sofas, and any entertainment units or large desks.
- Pack from floor to ceiling, with the heaviest items on the bottom. Pack things in two-to-three feet tiers, and use a strap to wrap around them when you’re done, to hold the layers together.
2. Protect Furniture
Wrap your remaining furniture once you get it to the truck: put it on top of the paper padding, cover it in the padding, and tape it down. For even more protection:
- After you wrap a painting or mirror, put it between box spring and mattress, or between cushions.
- Wrap up your mattresses.
- Wrap up your pillows and couch cushions.
- Use all your sheets, towels, and blankets unboxed and use them for extra protection while packing.
3. Move Longer Items into the Truck
Longer items would include table tops, extra-long sofas, long mirrors, mattress, box spring, and headboards. Put them along the longest walls of the truck to help keep them upright, and to help save space. Secure these to the sides of the truck with ties.
- Your box spring, mattress, and sofa will offer cushion for other items, as mentioned above.
- Put desks and dressers against your mattress so the drawers don’t get scratched if they open during transport.
- Any items with drawers should face the truck walls so they can’t open very much.
4. Load Your Boxes into the Truck
Choose boxes of similar strength and size to stack on top of each other. The heaviest and largest boxes go on the bottom, medium-weight and -size should go in the middle, and lighter boxes on the top. You’ll create three layers of weight.
- Ensure each box is labeled with the room it should go into at the new location.
- Repeat the process of heavy, medium, and light boxes until the truck is mostly full.
- Create tiers that have a similar height, so the boxes will create an even surface.
- Move from the front of the truck to the back.
- As you go, any items like strollers, cushions, and others that are hard to stack should go in between crevices between the boxes in order to save space.
5. Put in Any Remaining Items
The goal is to pack the truck as tightly as you can without squeezing the items too much. Place fragile items on top. Any remaining items can fit in like a jigsaw puzzle.