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How to Load a Truck Rental the Right Way

September 4, 2008 · Print This Article

So you have chosen to move yourself with the aid of a moving moving truck rental. This is a great moving option open to people today, and you can be happy that you have chosen one of the most flexible moving methods around. You know that you can schedule and move yourself around almost any schedule, but it can be difficult to load a truck if you have never done something like this before. Don’t worry though, loading a truck is not as hard as it might sound.

What’s First?

With so many different things, it may be hard for you to find a starting place. Some movers suggest that you load the large and bulky items into the truck rental first, but it simply makes more sense to load your boxes first. This does not mean that you should pack all of your boxes in the front of the truck, but a good majority of them should go there. You will be building a wall inside of the truck as you give yourself more room to maneuver inside your home. This way, when it comes time to move your appliances and furniture, you will have more area to shift things around in.

Loading the Big Stuff

It is important to remember when you load a truck rental that a truck has a center of gravity just like anything else. Due to this fact, it is important that you make sure to balance the weight within the truck. If you have a lot of heavy appliances or half of your boxes are full of books, you need to make sure to space things out on both sides. When you load your appliances, make sure that you protect buttons and knobs with empty boxes or extra padding. Use your mattresses to pad glass or other breakable mirrors. If it is possible, make sure that you load things along the trucks walls so that you can strap things down as they are loaded. In order to protect a couch, consider placing it on end within the truck so that you can avoid stacking boxes on top of it as well as making good use of the space within the truck.

Fragile Things

When you load a truck rental, you will be handing delicate things. Anything delicate or fragile should be loaded on the top of any stacks of boxes. Plants or other boxes that contain breakables should never have anything stacked on top of them. Remember that you can use your existing linens and other pieces of furniture to protect things that may shift and become damaged. Mirrors should be placed between a wall and a mattress. Chairs should be stacked and wrapped in linens or furniture padding to prevent scratches. Heavy and odd shaped items can be loaded between or under furniture as needed. Make sure that you use the best of the space that you have to work with.

Final Considerations

No matter how much you are moving, or how big of a truck you are loading, making use of all of the space you have will always be the most cost effective method of moving. Make sure that you take a test drive of the truck rental before you decide to start your trip, as the truck may feel vastly different loaded to the hilt than it did when it was empty. Take your time and make sure to follow all of the safety requirements and suggestions. If you take all of this into account, then you will be sure to have a easy and stress free move.

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