Moving is nerve-racking- especially long-distance moving. And without the help of a full-service moving company, packing a moving truck in a way that maximizes space while keeping your furniture safe from damage can be daunting. That part only can be more overwhelming than moving itself.
However, it is not rocket science. If you know how to correctly pack a moving truck, then the process will be easy and fun. Here is a step-by-step guide for long-distance by High Stream Moving on how to do it.
Part 1: Prepare
- Prepare the materials. You need to prepare a few things to help ease the process. You can purchase these from a hardware store or a moving company store.
- Any type of packing padding (furniture pads, paper padding, etc.)
- Packing tape
- Plastic wrap
- Pack the cab. Prepare the essential items and put them in the cab. These include a toolkit you will use to assemble the furniture, overnight essentials (so you do not have to search for them later) and fragile items that you don’t want to rock in the truck.
- Disassemble the furniture. Take apart all the furniture(or as much as possible) to make moving and packing in the truck easier.
- Arrange books and bookcases in a way that maximizes space. Get special packing boxes if you have to. This is a trick professional movers use to maximize space.
- Bring out the furniture. Organize the furniture together in front of the truck to see what you are working with. This will help you see which items are the heaviest and should go in first.
Part 2: Start Packing Your Truck
- The heaviest go first. Assess and pick items and appliances – e.g., washing machine, refrigerator, etc. – that are the heaviest and load these first into the back of the truck(with help). Even with local moving, this will help maximize space and keep the truck from dragging due to too much weight at the back.
- Protect your furniture. You can wrap your furniture before moving it from the house; however, the best way is to wrap it inside the truck(this is how most packing services wrap furniture). Simply place it on top of a padding paper, throw another padding paper on top, and tape it into place.
- Put longer items at the side of the truck. Place headboards, mattresses, long mirrors, and all other long items on the longest truck walls and secure them in place.
- Now pack the boxes. Carefully select boxes of the same size (length and width) and stack them together. Most moving services providers advise starting with the heaviest at the bottom and having the lightest on top.
- Now stack in the remaining items. With the main items already in the truck, squeeze in all the other irregular items in any space left. Fragile items should go on top to keep them safe from damage. The idea is to pack the truck as tight as possible to maximize space. Any remaining items can now go into the front of the truck.
Part 3: Finish & Get Ready To Move
- Recheck and stabilize your packages and things. For example, tall furniture like shelves can fall off while transporting. You can stabilize that using a tiedown strap or a rope.
- Close and lock the rear doors carefully and get ready for the move.
That’s all we have for today’s article. I hope this brief post has brought you a simple guide on how to pack a moving truck. If there is anything that I miss, don’t forget to leave a comment below. Thanks for visiting Greenhouse Center!