Moving is always exciting, but the process before that can be tiring, especially when it comes to packing up things. However, if you plan to DIY, you would also need to worry about loading up stuff to the track.
You would also need to figure out how you can maximize your space to fit everything and ensure that there would be no problem on your way to the new place.
So, to help you with this, we have gathered five handy tips that might be able to help you make loading up easier.
Figure out what truck size you need
If you’re renting a U-Haul truck, you would first need to figure out what truck size you would need. There are many sizes to choose from, from 8 ft. pick-up trucks to cargo vans to 26 ft. truck. Most of the time, choosing the right one can be challenging.
To pick the right truck for your move, try to consider the following:
- The number of bedrooms you’re moving
- The distance of the place you’re moving in
- If there are bulky furniture
- Are you also using your car to move some items
- The number of boxes
- How many cubic ft the truck can hold
- Will you add a trailer
Think about these things before deciding what size of truck to rent. This way, you won’t have to worry about furniture not being able to fit or if there is lots of space left.
To make loading up furniture easier, it would be an excellent idea to disassemble your furniture into easy to handle pieces. Here are a few tips for disassembling your furniture:
- Have plenty of ziplock bags for the screws, bolts, and other tiny items from your furniture. Please don’t put them all in one plastic; instead, each furniture should have its ziplock bag with a label.
- Try to assess which furniture is needed disassembling. Things such as chairs may not need to be dismantled anymore as you can stack them with each other.
- Please measure the size of your largest furniture to ensure that it fits your truck.
- Make sure you follow proper instructions when disassembling.
You can’t just get in there and start disassembling. It can cause delays if you do so. You need to have a plan, and the tips above would come in handy.
Use furniture padding
Next tip, you should use furniture padding or moving blankets. This ensures that all your things stay in good condition by the time you reach your new house.
Remember, you don’t know what can happen on the road. You might encounter bumps, which will also cause your furniture arrangement to shift while on the way.
Roll up rugs
If you don’t know it yet, you should roll up your rugs to ensure they stay in good condition.
Start by cleaning them up first, so everything in your new house is clean. After that, you can roll them up and secure them with plastic ties.
But don’t stop there. You should also wrap your rug with plastic so it stays clean and won’t unroll.
Lastly, when it’s time to load them up, make sure to place them flat down the floor (if you have extra space).
Distribute weight evenly
Lastly, you need to make sure that you’re distributing weight evenly as you load up your moving truck for safety. Aside from the fact that it can protect you, it will also prevent things from falling off inside the truck.
Added to that, it’s easier to load and unload things this way.
The basic rule is to ensure that the heavier items are placed towards the cab and against the walls. Medium-weight items will then follow this, and lightweight items are placed at the top and center.
The five tips above aim to make things easier for you. At the same time, it ensures that your items remain of good quality by the time you reach your new home. Follow them, and you’ll find the process more hassle-free.