Tips for loading and
unloading your truck
You are in
the process of relocation. you have done all the research you can to locate the
most suitable moving
company and you have even followed professional instructions and have
completed packing your goods like a pro. Now the moving day has arrived and even
the truck has arrived at your front door. It is time to load. Getting the
shivers? Not when you go through these tips for loading and unloading your
After you have completed
packing, the first thing you need to do is to walk round the house and keep
the similar sized boxes together. This makes loading faster.
Load the heaviest items first. Items like oven, cooking range,
washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher etc are loaded first. Basically, any
item which takes two or more people to move are called ‘heavy’ here. These items
should be kept at the wall furthest away, close to the cab. All items must be
kept in the upright position.
truck must be loaded with equal weight on either side.
Use furniture padding (available on rent) to protect furniture
legs, corners and surfaces.
Your next items to load are the long and big items like
headboards, mirrors, mattresses, etc. Sofas and table tops also fall in this
category. These items should be loaded so that they stay upright against the
longer walls of the truck. This will help you save some space.
Bed frames should be dissembled and taped together. This
should be done for other long items like skis and poles.
Carpets, rugs must be rolled and taped together. These can be
placed at the center of the truck floor.
During loading place the heaviest boxes on top of the
appliances. Then smaller boxes can be stacked one on top of the other.
Make sure that all empty spaces like beneath the tables, desks
and cabinets must be properly filled with blankets, padding and linen. This will
prevent your goods being tossed around during journey.
Amongst all the boxes which you stack, keep the lightest boxes
on top. This will help you unload faster.
All fragile items and items with odd shapes must be loaded
The thumb rule of loading a truck is that you must load the
‘most essential’ boxes last. For instance, boxes containing your bed linen, your
immediate change of clothes, bare minimum kitchen utensils and your bathroom
contents need to be loaded last, as these are items which you should unload
first. Remember, your first night at your new home, will demand use of these
During unloading, follow the same schedule as you did while
loading. In fact, unloading becomes much simpler if you have loaded properly in
the first place. For instance, if you have marked the bedroom
boxes with blue sticker, children’s room with yellow stickers, when you
unload, the individually sticker boxes can immediately be taken to the