If you're about to rent a box truck for a DIY move -- and you're in a hurry to get everything out of your old place -- don't just toss everything in the truck no matter how tempting that might be in terms of speed. Even if you're just making a local move, you do have to take some care when packing the truck so that things don't break and you don't have to end up making two trips. Here are three tips to remember that will help make that move flow a little more smoothly.
Big Stuff First
You might think that packing unneeded stuff first would be best. That would mean that the things you need immediately after moving will be by the loading door of the truck and easy to access. But sometimes the unneeded stuff is small, like knickknacks or extra books. Plus, you're not going to be leaving things in the truck for very long anyway -- chances are that everything will be out within a day. Instead of going by how soon you'll need the stuff, go by how big the item is. Get furniture and large boxes in first, and then place smaller items around them and on top of them. If you're packing lots of small things
Ensure that everything has some sort of padding or protection. For boxes, stacking them side by side and filling the floor space of the truck stops the boxes from sliding around and hitting the side of the truck. For furniture and appliances, pad all sides -- not just sides with glass or fragile parts -- and ensure the bottoms of the furniture are padded as well. Not only will that protect the legs of
Moving can be expensive, and you'll likely want to rent the cheapest truck possible, which means going with as small a truck as you can. But you're better off renting a truck that's slightly bigger than you'll think you need. One reason is that moves tend to unearth item after item after item, and you'll find you have more belongings than you thought. The bigger truck allows you to take those instead of dumping them. Another reason is that the extra room makes it easier to pack oddly shaped items. You don't have to worry about whether you have to place your sofa diagonally or if a vintage lamp will be too tall for the truck.
If you want more packing tips and more advice on choosing a truck, talk to the box truck rental company you think you'll use. The staff there will help you get the right size, the right packing materials, and the right truck features to make the move very comfortable. To learn more, speak with a business like Del's Truck Rentals.