How To Pack A Moving Truck

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tips for loading a moving truck

When completing a self- move, using all of the available space in the moving truck is the key, unless you want to leave some of your belongings behind, unload and try to arrange everything again, or rent an extra rental truck or moving trailer. Even though proper packing is essential, loading your items well is also crucial. You can pack a moving trailer like a pro by using helpful tips from Best Movers Toronto and following these step-by-step instructions.

How to pack a truck for relocating

Packing your possessions inside a moving truck can be like playing a life-size Tetris game. Making things fit well is crucial because packing things tightly will prevent them from shifting during transit. Before the moving gear arrives, here are a few loading tips from Professional Movers Toronto on how to pack your items:

1. Gather supplies

To ready the truck and load belongings carefully, you should have:

• A tarp or plastic sheeting
• Ratchet straps, rope or bungee cords
• A step-stool or ladder
• Work gloves
• Mattress covers
• Furniture covers
• Moving blankets
• Moving straps

Having these supplies gathered readily available will make your loading experience smooth.

2. Set things aside

Make sure you set aside items that can't go in the truck (like houseplants) or things that need to stay with you (pet bowls and leashes, relevant paperwork, your essentials box, etc.

3. Check belongings and home

Ensure everything is packed in professional-grade moving cartons, unboxed items are carefully wrapped in paper padding or packing paper and that furniture is disassembled, wrapped and ready for loading. Then, create a clear path from inside the house to the moving truck, and input protective measures for the floors.

4. Prepare the truck

Lay plastic sheeting or a tarp on the floor of the trailer to safeguard your belongings against any dirt or dust. The truck or trailer may be cleaned out before you start loading, but it's better to take precautions to protect your items. You should also pay attention to the linear footage inside the moving truck. Consider marking the footage from the moving quote on the floor of the moving truck using masking tape so as to know how much space to use.

5. Load large items first

Loading should start at the front of the trailer (near the cab) and work your way to the back. Start with large and heavy items like furniture and appliances to help evenly distribute the weight. Put these items along the walls and secure them with rope or straps as you go.

6. Fill in with boxes and smaller items

Once you've secured the heavy items, start loading boxes from largest to smallest. Use the ladder or step-stool to load the cartons as high as possible, ensuring to pack heavier items on the bottom and lighter ones on top. Stack items by container type, and try "squaring off" each column of items to maximize your loading space. Once all cartons are loaded, fill the remaining spaces between large items with covered or bagged pillows, beddings, and smaller items. Remember to use straps or rope during the process to secure everything.

While these few guidelines will help you prepare the truck for moving, Best Moves Toronto has many other resources to get you ready for moving day. Visit our moving forum for more packing tips and photo gallery with our trucks. The better prepared you are for relocation, the easier it will be!

If you have any questions about packing a moving trailer, leave a comment below. Best Moves are here to help.


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