All the hard labor that you have put in on research, to find the right truck rental company would eventually go to waste if you are not familiar with one essential art and that is the art of loading a truck. Undoubtedly not a very easy task, loading a truck seems to be a daunting job for many, especially people who are relocating for the first time. The basic question that bothers most people is whether the size of truck is right for the volume of luggage they have and whether the space would be enough to pack everything. Here are some useful and simple tips to making loading a truck less burdensome:
The fundamental rule of loading a truck is that the heaviest items go in first. These include all items which require 2 or more people to lift. Examples are refrigerator, washing machine, etc. Such items must be kept in upright positions. Also remember to load the truck with equal weight on both sides.Padding must be used to protect your furniture during transit. Such materials, which ease the task of loading, are easily available on hire. Ask your moving company and they would be readily supply you with the necessary requirements.The next batch to be loaded is longer items of furniture like sofa, mirrors, head boards and top of the dining table. The best place to load them is against the side walls of the truck. For necessary protection from dents and scratches, such furniture must be wrapped properly. Loading becomes easier if you dismantle beds, skis and poles. Carpets and rugs should be rolled and taped and then placed on the floor of the truck.
Next on your loading list are the heavier boxes and cartons which contain household goods. Place these heavy boxes on top of furniture or other heavy items. If you find empty spaces under tables, desks and on top of any chair, fill them up with crushed paper, etc.
Regarding packing and loading delicate and fragile items, pack and load them last and ensure that they do not shake and rattle during journey.
The best size of trucks is one which can hold at least 10 to 15% more load that you have. A little extra space is always welcome, rather than running short of space and cramping things on top of another.
All drawers from cabinets and cupboards must be removed before loading, which can be placed back in their positions, after loading is complete.
If you want to load a bike on to the truck, the front wheels ought to be removed and the handlebars let down. This would ensure that the bike remains in place, and would not fall or shift during transit.
One way by which loading can become less burdensome is if you hire dollies. Remember walking up the ramp with load in your hand is something none of us are used to. So you could make several trips with the dollies in stead of overloading one and then getting hurt in the process.
The whole process of renting a truck and loading it becomes easier if you follow some simple tips and suggestions as given above. Hopefully the tips that we have prepared would help you become more adept in loading a truck.