How to Efficiently Pack a Moving Truck

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Packing a moving truck efficiently can help you to save on moving costs. The idea is to pack the truck as effectively as possible, to make use of every available inch of space on the truck. This will ultimately prevent the possibility of a second trip (if you rent a large enough truck).

Choosing a Moving Truck

There are several truck rental companies, and most of them offer various sizes of trucks that are rented to you based on your need. All are generally within one or two feet the size of the next one, so besides pricing, paying attention to that is helpful as well.

A couple of companies provide space in the overhang as well (a portion of the truck box overhangs the cab of the truck. These actually provide some additional valuable space in which you can fill up with a lot of boxes, so the process below may vary by that much, depending on the company that you actually went with.

So, while price is certainly a consideration, the actual amount of cargo the truck will hold should be of concern to you as well.

Step 1 – Load the Overhang

Assuming you rented one of the trucks that have the overhang, you’ll want to load that up first. You can fit a number of boxes in there. Fill it to capacity. Stack smaller boxes on top of the larger ones so that you are sure to make maximum use of the space available to you.

Step 2 – Load the heaviest things first

Appliances, such as the refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, range and other similar appliances should be the first things on the truck after you fill the overhang space. Use the space on top of these appliances to fill up with boxes and small furniture items.

For instance, once you have the refrigerator loaded, unless it is very tall, you can general fit a couple of medium size boxes on top of it. Same thing applies to the range, washer and dryer. Small pieces of furniture, or more boxes can be stacked on top of those as well.

Step 3 – Fill in as You Go

One of the most important things to remember as you load the moving truck is to load to the top, as you are filling in the body of the truck. You don’t want to put so many large items on that you are not able to fill the vertical space efficiently.

As you are stacking boxes and furniture, make sure that you do in a stable manner, while at the same time filling the inside of cabinets, or shelves with smaller boxes. If you have a shelf, or a bookcase on the truck, and you don’t put boxes and other items on the shelves, then you aren’t making efficient use of the space that is made available to you.

Step 4 – Living Room Furniture after the Appliances

Now you should be placing the living room furniture on the truck. Place the sofa on the truck, with the front of it against the truck wall. You can then fill in that space with boxes and small pieces of furniture as well.

Things to Consider

Loading a truck properly can be a bit time consuming, but in the end can save you money by:

  • Eliminating the need for a larger truck
  • Saving you additional trips which costs more in fuel, and mileage

If you take your time, and plan properly, you can get all of your belongings on the truck in one trip. If you have enough help available, then allow one person to stay on the moving truck and arrange things, and fill in cubby holes with boxes and other belongings. When all is said and done, you’ll be glad that you did!

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