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What do you load first?

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September 16, 2013 under Moving Labor

Answered by Robert Moreschi

September 18, 2013

Hi, thanks for visiting Movers.com! Loading a moving truck is one of the most crucial parts of the moving process and the order in which you load it can ultimately determine how much you'll be able to fit on the truck and how safe and secure your belongings will be while the truck is in transit.

It's best to think of loading a moving truck like you're playing a game of Tetris. You have a certain amount of blocks and a finite space to fit them into, and you have to arrange your belongings so that they fit on the truck while maximizing the space that you have.  

For starters, you're going to want to load all of your biggest and heaviest items on to the truck first. This means all of your large appliances will be loaded before anything else. It's best to load these things all the way in the back of the truck, against the far wall closest to the cab. Try to maximize your space by placing them along the back wall of the truck so that you can pile in smaller items, either on top of them or next to them. Some of these large appliances that you'll want to load first include:

  • Refrigerator
  • Washing machine 
  • Dryer
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
After you load your large appliances, you'll want to load any other large items that you may have, such as mattresses, head boards, sofas and table tops. All of these items can be positioned upright along the sides of the truck, which will also help to save a lot of space for your other items. Once you've loaded these items and secured them to the side panels of the truck, you can load all of your furniture pieces, including: 
  • Dressers
  • Bureaus
  • Bookcases
  • China cabinets
  • Tables
  • Chairs
You can place these items in the middle of the truck. Once those items are placed, you can then begin filling in all the empty space that's left with your remaining boxes.
To read more about the moving process, visit our moving guides page where you'll find over a thousand different guides on just about any moving topic you can think of.  


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