Re: Long distance move
1 - Loading a truck 101: Heavy stuff is always located on the bottom, forward in the vehicle, and evenly distributed from side to side. Light stuff on top. You will be amazed at what you can fit into a truck when packed properly. There are probably hundreds of how to vids on YouTube. Truck rental company websites also have plenty of how to information on everything from packing a box to loading the truck.
Originally Posted by CPatt
2 - Properly marked boxes. Always write the location and contents on all boxes, it will make unloading much faster and easier. It wouldn't hurt to make a master list of the boxes and their contents either, so that when you get to your final destination, you know where all your important stuff is.
3 - Don't be afraid to repack bedroom furniture, like chests of drawers. Pull the drawers and move the cabinet to the truck, then put the drawers and their contents back into the cabinet. Similar with desks and other types of cabinets. If the cabinet/drawer is full of smalls, then box the smalls and load the space with bed linens, towel, protected fragile items, etc.
4 - Save quilts, bedspreads, large blankets, sleeping bags, etc for packing blankets. Sure, you want to be careful not to damage to dirty these items, but most of the time this isn't an issue and will save you a bundle on shipping blankets.
5 - Ropes and straps. Buy them! Whatever you need to secure your belongings, especially the larger and heavier items. The more stable the load, the safer the transport and the less likely anything will get broken.
6 - You can buy boxes just about anywhere. Any truck rental company will have moving boxes, you don't have to rent their trucks to buy their packing supplies. You can also purchase boxes from office supply stores. News paper makes great packing material, you don't need to purchase bubble wrap, popcorn, etc. Again, this is the perfect place to use towels, linens, even clothing to protect delicate items. Don't get me wrong, buy whatever you need to pack your items safely, I'm just saying you can improvise with your common household items and save yourself a lot of money.
7 - More space - If you run out of room in the truck, you can return to the rental yard and pick up a trailer to finish the job.
8 - Take this opportunity to cull your belonging to the necessities. If you have not seen or used an item in over a year, sell or donate the item, you'll likely find that you can reduce your mass by at least 30% by getting rid of the excess. Again, I'm not suggesting you get rid of family heirlooms and such, just the things you no longer need or use.
9 - The last items to put into the truck will be the items you will need most when you reach your final destination, such as change of clothes, toiletries, and other personal items. Also keep in mind that you'll likely need household cleaning supplies, not only to tidy up the home you are leaving, but also to tidy up the new home you are moving into.
10 - Moving is also when you find out who your real friends are. Don't abuse them by working them too hard or too long. Having food and drinks available is also a good idea, whether friends are helping or not. When you get to your destination, you can hire local moving company employees to help, or day laborers. There might possibly be a few brawny teens in the neighborhood that you could entice to help for a few hours.
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