Are you planning to move intestate and curious about how to start your packing? First of all, you need to know the ins and outs of a rental truck to prevent damage to your belongings, distribute the weight evenly, and maximise your space.
Have you ever done the packing and moving before? Keep reading these fantastic five tips that’ll help you pack in a moving truck like a pro.
Arrange The Right Size Truck
Start your move by choosing the right size of a rental truck. If you are opting for the smaller moving truck option to save money, you should know that this could end up costing you more time and money in the long run.
You’ll have to exchange the truck rental for a larger size if it is too small to fit all of your belongings, or you may end up attempting several trips back and forth. It will be a major headache and a very time-consuming process.
Take some time to read about the choices of rental trucks offered by your moving company in Perth.
For instance, a 10 ft box rental truck can carry a max load of up to 2,700 pounds, and it is ideal for moving a two-bedroom home. Make sure the truck comes with a loading dock. It makes the process of loading and unloading the heavy belongings onto the truck, such as large boxes, furniture, other heavy electrical appliances, etc.
Gather All The Necessary Supplies
Be sure to gather all the necessary supplies before you initiate the loading process. Make a checklist to mark the following items you need to pack your stuff.
- Box cutters
- Permanent markers
- Boxes of various sizes- Small, medium, and large boxes
- Tapes- Shipping tape, duct tape/strapping tape, Masking tape for labelling, and tape dispensers.
- Sticker labels in case you aren’t using masking tape
- Felt pads to protect floors
- Coloured stickers or coloured markers for room colour coding
- Packing material, such as newsprint, packing paper, bubble wrap, or enough of your linens
- Gloves to protect your hands while loading heavy and sharp objects
- Rope to keep the furniture and boxes in place
- High quality wool blankets to safeguard mirrors, and furniture
- Necessary cleaning supplies, such as paper towels, glass cleaners, multi-purpose sponges, broom/dustpan to clean both your old and new places
Fill the gaps between boxes and furniture items with furniture pads or moving blankets to prevent your belongings from scraping up against each other on a bumpy ride.
The next step is to disassemble your furniture. It will make the moving process easier for your furniture removalist in Perth, and it takes less time to load and unload. It will help maximise your loading truck space and helps evenly distributing the weight of heavy furniture.
For example, by disassembling the legs off of a dining table or bed (without boxes), you’ll be able to load the table or bed upright on the truck without worrying about the stick out legs.
This process will leave extra room for your other belongings. Place the legs in the different parts of the truck to even out the weight.
Load Heaviest & Largest Items First
After you are done with the packing, start loading the bulkiest item first. The heavy items include tables, sectionals, couches, washer/dryers, refrigerators, chairs, bed frames, mattresses, etc. should be placed on the bottom of the moving truck.
Make sure that you put tables, headboards, and couches onto a moving truck in an upright position.
Tip: Place them closer to the front of the loading truck to maintain the weight balance.
Load Lightest & Smallest Items Last
The second round of loading items should include lightweight to medium boxes. Make sure you place them on top of furniture and appliances to avoid crushing.
Use moving straps to hold the small and medium boxes in place in case you are stacking the moving boxes. Stuff like collectibles, trinkets, jewellery, mirror, and other fragile items must be packed on the very top of the pile.
Tip: If possible, try to carry important documents and fragile items with you separately.
Other Clever Packing Tips
- Roll up all the rugs in a secure plastic wrap to save plenty of room in the truck.
- Pack your kitchen appliances such as blenders, microwaves, knives, etc. inside separate boxes.
- Use plastic wrap or mattress bags to protect upholstered couches and chairs.
- Leave all the moving day essentials items in an easy-to-reach spot on the truck.
- For moving heavy furniture, recruit friends and relatives to help with the loading and unloading process.
Try to implement these moving tips in practical to pack like a pro and do your research to get some discount on moving supply retailers, truck rentals, moving containers, etc.