A moving truck can be a challenging space to navigate if you are not an experienced mover. Making more out of the space you have available can take an expert eye and often years of experience. At US Direct Movers, we pack moving trucks every day. We want to send along some of our top tips to make sure you get more out of your space on your next move.
Choosing the right moving truck:
Before you consider how to lay everything out on a moving truck, you need to make sure you have the right-sized truck for your move. We suggest shooting for a truck that can move 10-15% more stuff than you have. Some extra room to maneuver on a packed truck can save you a lot of headaches (and backaches) come moving day.
If you are thinking about using a smaller truck and making multiple trips, think again. Multiple trips not only take extra time and effort, but they also run the risk of damaging your belongings. One long trip is always better than multiple shorter ones.
Proper planning and inventory:
Packing a moving truck starts with good planning. You’ll want to make sure you have an accurate inventory of everything that needs to go on the truck. Once you have that, you can start thinking about the best way to lay everything out. As you are packing items, you can make an inventory and check them off as each box gets moved. A list can also make the unpacking process much more manageable.
Packing to save space:
- Disassemble everything you can: Take the legs off of tables, remove any shelving or decorations from walls and take any detachable items off of furniture. This will not only give you more room on the truck but will also help to protect your belongings.
- Pack heavy items first and put them in the middle: This will help to keep the truck balanced and prevent things from shifting during transport.
- Put mattresses on their side: Mattresses can take up a lot of space, so it’s essential to get more space out of what you have. Placing them on their side will help to save space and keep them from taking up the entire truck.
- Pack appliances with care: Appliances are some of the heaviest and most awkward items to move. Be sure to secure them with straps or rope and place them in an upright position.
- Use furniture to your advantage: Place dressers, couches, and other large pieces of furniture against the walls of the truck. This will help to create a blockade that will keep smaller items from shifting during transport.
- Utilize all of the space: Don’t forget about the area under the seats or in the overhead compartment. These are great places to store smaller items that you want to keep within easy reach.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to make the most of the space on your moving truck. And when it comes time to unload, be sure to give US Direct Movers a call. We’ll take care of everything for you so that you can focus on the rest of your move.