Loading Basics

The task of loading a truck with all of your belongings makes for a busy day or two. If you've managed to get most of your goods properly packed in advance, you'll have a much easier time when it comes to loading.

Many companies will offer to send a videotape with loading advice. Take advantage of this. The more you can understand about the loading process before you actually have to perform it, the better off you'll be.

First, try to establish a staging area where you can bring a large amount of your goods to be easily ready for loading. If you think of loading as putting together a big jigsaw puzzle, you'll understand why this is important. Imagine having the pieces of a puzzle scattered all over your house. Whenever you see a gap that you want to fill, searching the house for it will slow you down terribly. If you have a handy pile of pieces, you can finish much more quickly. The same goes with loading the truck (your big jigsaw puzzle).

Your choice of staging area will be influenced by security concerns and the weather. Pick a spot you feel comfortable with and start to fill it with items from which to select to fill every nook and cranny.

Keep in mind which items are heavy and sturdy so that you can stack others on top of them. The lightest items and those that cannot support much weight should be placed on top for protection from crushing.

Loading boxes should be relatively simple. The odd-shaped items such as bicycles, chairs, lawnmowers, grills and others will give you the most difficulty. Click here for advice on some specific objects.

Packing is also the time to take precautions against scratches and dings. The best protection against scratches is the use of a good, thick moving blanket. Remember that scratches and abrasions are caused by objects moving against each other. A good blanket will prevent items from coming into direct contact, greatly minimizing the chances for scratches. Many items may need to be wrapped in more than one blanket, so get as many as you can.

If you cannot get blankets for all of your furniture, you can also make use of wrapping film. This is plastic cling wrap that can be wrapped around items again and again. By itself it cannot equal the protection of a blanket, but will help to prevent minor scratches from light contact with other items. It is also handy to secure blankets to items to ensure they don't slip off in transit and leave your items unprotected.

The bottom line is to pack your truck solidly to avoid shifting of items during transit and to ensure you don't injure yourself or others in the process.

Here are some thoughts for loading some common items:

Helpful Hints

  • You're paying for the space in the truck so try to use every bit of it. Without jeopardizing personal safety or risking damage to your goods, try to stack right to the roof.
  • A sturdy ladder or two and a lot of rope and bungees will help immensely when trying to stack a stable load.
  • Moving thousands of pounds of belongings is very physically demanding. Pace yourself and recruit help to avoid injury and damage to your goods or the truck. If you have any health issues or concerns, see a doctor before embarking on this adventure.
  • Check the weather a few days out so you know what to expect. Remember that ramps can get VERY slippery when wet.
  • Don't forget gloves. Ensure they have a good grip to avoid dropping items.