The Proper Method for Loading Your Moving Truck

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How to Load the Moving Truck

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If you aren't using professional movers for your relocation, you're probably planning to rent a truck to load and drive yourself. You will want to ensure your truck is loaded in the most efficient and safest way possible.

The first thing to do is get the right-sized truck. Make sure you get one that is about 10-15% larger than the space you require. If you need help figuring out which truck to get, ask someone at the rental place. He or she will help you find the right truck based on the number of rooms in your home.

Do a walkthrough of your home. Then, decide on a loading order. You can take it one step further by sketching out a floor plan for how the truck should be packed. After you read this guide, you'll have a good idea of what items should go where.

The packing order

The best way to load is to start with the biggest and heaviest items, which will often be your large appliances - refrigerators, washers, dryers, ovens, dish washers, etc. It should go without saying, but, when moving these items, make sure you have extra help. It would be incredibly difficult and dangerous to move such things yourself.

You should also borrow or rent a moving dolly, so you don't have to rely on your physical strength alone to move these appliances. Once you get the items into the truck, they should be placed against the far wall of the truck, closest to the cab. As you load, try to balance the weight in the truck by placing the heaviest things on opposite sides.

You can then load some of your other large items, like your mattresses, head boards, sofas, and table tops. These things should be placed along the sides of the truck. You should put them in upright, which will help to save some space. Any moving truck will have panels on the sides, so secure these items in place by tying them to the panels. Make sure you keep any hardware that goes with these items clearly labeled or, more simply, put it into a bag and tape that to the item itself.

The next objects to put in the truck are your other furniture pieces, including:
  • Dressers
  • Bureaus
  • Bookcases
  • China cabinets
  • Tables
  • Chairs
Place these items in the middle of the truck, against your large appliances. You can make this a little easier on yourself by removing the drawers from your dressers. That way, you're just carrying the frame onto the truck. The drawers can then be placed back into the dresser and secured with string, so they won't fall out.

TIP: These pieces of furniture might require packing blankets to keep from being scratched. Read our guide "Blankets, Moving Pads, and Other Protective Measures" for more information.

At this point, you can begin loading up all of your boxes. You should try to put some small boxes underneath or above your tables and chairs. Not only does this save space, but, by filling in any gaps, everything will be more compact and less likely to shift around during transit.

You can then bring the rest of your boxes onto the truck. Start by placing the largest and heaviest onboard first. Again, try to balance out the weight across the floor of the truck by putting the heavy boxes on opposite sides. Then, place your more moderate-sized boxes on top of the heavier ones. Finally, place your lightest boxes and those containing fragile items on the top level.

With the items loaded and packed properly, you can rest easy knowing that your things are better protected and more likely to survive the move without any damage.

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on August 27, 2009 - Moving Expert
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larry | Commented on October 17, 2014 at 10 : 51 PM
My 20 + ys exp says your close but wrong


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