When it comes to loading your stuff into a moving truck, a little preparation goes a long way. Moving can be hectic, especially if you want to save some money and do the loading work by yourself. But below are some tips on loading a moving truck to make things easier and the moving process efficient.

Load the largest and heaviest items first.

Any mover from a professional moving company will advise you to load the heaviest and largest items into the truck first. Large appliances like washing machines and refrigerators or any other item that takes two or more people to move should be loaded first and places against the far wall closer to the cab. 

You should place the items in their upright position and ensure you balance the weight by placing similar heavy items on the sides. Use padding to make it easy to slide the items into place.

Load the longer items second

You should load longer household items such as mattresses, wall mirrors, box springs, sofas, and headboards next. To save space, ensure you place them against the truck’s longest walls and avoid damage. Mattress covers and sofa covers come in handy to protect your items from stains or tear while loading them.

Disassemble furniture if possible

To simplify the moving process, disassemble bed frames, desks, tables, and longer items such as poles, lamp bases, etc.  A good hack is to roll up your rug, place these parts inside, and then tape the rug enclosing the items inside. You can also be creative and use linen to hold both ends before you tape the rug to prevent the items from sticking out during the move. Then place the rug on the floor of the moving truck.

Load the large boxes first, then the small ones.

When loading the remaining boxes, start with the large and the heaviest ones before getting to the small ones. You can place them on furniture and ensure you fill the gaps below tables, on the sides, under the desks and chairs. Be careful when loading boxes with fragile items.

For the smaller boxes, stack them on top of the large ones sequentially until they get to the roof of the truck. Then pack linen and some clothing in garbage bags to fill up space between the boxes and the truck’s ceiling.

Fill up the holes with padding or odd-shaped items.

The next step is to fill up the remaining holes to prevent the items from moving during transportation which may cause damage. Ensure your fragile items are in the cubby holes beneath the desks, chairs, and tables. Things that are not fragile such as bags of clothing, linen, duvets, blankets, and towels, should come last to fill in the empty spaces. You can also use garage items, shoes, and anything else that won’t break to fill in the open holes.

The last tip

Loading a moving truck requires deliberation and care. Do not do anything in a hurry. Take your time, design a plan beforehand, and everything will go smoothly.