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Pack and Load Your Truck Rental like a Professional

By Staff Writers January 6, 2011 3:55 p.m. EST If you're opting to rent a moving truck for your relocation, there are more things you'll have to take into account outside the driving you'll be doing. One of the major benefits of hiring a full service moving company as opposed to a moving truck rental is the professional packing you'll be paying for in addition to the transportation. This is something you can definitely do yourself though; all it requires is time and attention to detail. Some of your more fragile and larger belongings will require proper preparation and disassembly. This article will highlight some of the considerations you'll need to be mindful of as you load your truck.
The first thing you'll want to do is purchase boxes of similar shapes and sizes, packing materials such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts, and tape. Be sure to distribute an even weight amongst all of your boxes – you can insure this by packing heavier items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. Also, your heavier belongings should be placed towards the bottom of the truck, lighter objects on top. The last box loaded onto the truck should contain your necessities, items that should be immediately accessible for the first night you spend in your house. This includes toiletries, bed sheets, fresh clothes to change into, utensils, and so forth. Ideally, you'd want to use the original packaging for your electronics as they are usually fitted with Styrofoam molds specifically fashioned for the items in question. Under no circumstance should you transport anything remotely flammable, which includes nail remover polish. Your furniture and appliances should be prepared and disassembled: Clean out your fridge, remove table legs and cushions, break down bed frames, etc. However, take care to pack any removable parts with its larger pieces. For example, you can collect all of your table's bolts and screws into a ziplock bag and tape it underneath the table top. If you're placing any remaining parts in a separate box, be sure to mark them accordingly. Once you disconnect your appliances, be sure to bind and bundle their respective cords and cables.
Before you can load any items, you'll need to rent specific equipment for the task. Most moving truck services provide dollies, rachet tie-downs, and hand trucks with your rental. Be sure to inquire, you may need to rent them separately. Some people often overlook the fact that their truck of choice isn't equipped with a loading ramp. That said, make sure yours has one! If you don't intend to move one way, you'll probably be using a smaller truck to save on moving costs in which case you won't have to take any particular care with utilizing space. However, if you're getting a one way truck rental, you'll have to load your packed belongings with more forethought.  Last but not least, be sure to keep a first aid kit next to you.
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