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How to Load a Moving Truck

Whether you choose to have our moving professionals pack up your belongings, or you choose to pack them into the shell yourself, it is important to know the best way to do it.

Preparation

Start doing all your laundry ahead of time so that you do not have to wash your clothes on moving day before packing them up. Take the same measures with your fridge. Use or donate your leftover food and frozen items so that nothing will go bad before the move.

Valuables

It is a good idea to keep your important papers like birth certificates and passports with you personally instead of packing them into the moving truck, in case of an emergency.

Heavy Objects

Just like when you are packing a box, load your heaviest items first and on the bottom. From there, you can load the smaller items on top.

Mattress

Take exceptional care when loading your mattress. You sleep on it every night and you want to keep it in the best condition possible. Lay the mattress flat instead of standing it up or leaning it. This will prevent the cushion inside of it from being moved around. Also make sure to wrap your mattress in a mattress cover to prevent further damage.

Tables/Desks

Place your tables or desks in the moving truck their normal way of standing. You can then slide boxes and other items in underneath and on top of them.

Dresser

Pack your dresser right into the truck, but make sure to wrap it in moving blankets. Fill your drawers up with your clothes to save space. This can be done with smaller nightstands and desk drawers too. Be sure to secure your drawers with straps so that they don’t go flying open when the truck turns.

Empty Space

Fill in open space with little items and boxes. Pack everything in tight so nothing moves around while the truck is in motion. Rolling up small rugs and carefully placing them in small openings is a great way to cushion your items.

Blankets/Towels

Use blankets or towels to wrap up fragile items. This saves space, as well as the time and money it takes to use bubble wrap to wrap up your items.

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Essentials for the first day you move in

Moving day is a chaotic time, and to reduce this stress, make sure you have these five items close-by to make day one in your new home a breeze.

1. Paper products

The last thing you want to happen is to move into your new home and not be able to use the bathroom there, so stock up on toilet paper.  It is also important to get paper towels and tissues for other messes.  If you won’t be unpacking all your dishes and silverware on the first day, bring a few extra paper plates and plastic silverware so you can enjoy a meal.

2. Appliances

If your new home doesn’t come with appliances like a refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, and dryer, these are machines you must buy.  Smaller appliances like a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and others you can purchase shortly after you move in because you can survive for a little while without them.

3. Lights and lamps

There should be basic ceiling lights in your home but you may want to bring a few extra lamps for side tables and night stands.  Pay attention to where the dark areas of your home are so you can fill them.

4. Drawers and Organizers

You’re going to have to put all your belongings somewhere, so having a few drawers to organize everything in each of your rooms is very important so things aren’t scattered everywhere.

5. Kitchen Utensils

Be sure to get the basic kitchen instruments such as pots pans, plates, bowls, cups, and silverware.  These are the fundamental items that you will need for your meals.

Pack all these necessities up and have them easily accessible for when you first get to your new house.  Zippy Shell http://www.zippyshell.com/ can help you move them at your convenience and give you the best moving experience you can.