25 Point Moving Tip Sheet
To help reduce your workload and make the move a little easier, here are twenty-five tips that can help. Of course, these truck rental and moving tips seem simple enough when you read them, but most people do not think about them at the time of their moves. As a result, it might be a good idea to keep this list handy when you are ready for to move and rent a truck.
Easy Moving Tips & Tricks
1. Put a few emergency bags at the rear of the moving truck. One bag should hold your overnight garments and personal toiletry items. Another bag or box should hold the house cleaning supplies, so you do not have to search for them when you arrive at the destination. Another bag should include a couple towels, a roll of toilet paper, and a shower curtain, so that you can use the bathroom to clean up before bed. Keep things like scissors, a flashlight, tape, paper plates and cups near the doors of the rental truck for easy access.
2. Put the toolbox right at the back door of the truck or in the cab. It will be handy when you are ready to put your bed together.
3. Assemble furniture – the bed first so that when you are tired and ready for a nap, you do not have to worry about where you are going to sleep.
4. Place the heaviest items in the truck nearest the cab so the truck is evenly weighted.
5. If you have hired a professional team with a moving truck rental van, but you have packed up your home yourself, make sure to organize boxes neatly and leave a walkway, so the team can move around easily and safely to take the boxes from the home to the moving truck Further, do not pack the boxes so heavy that the team has difficulty carrying them to the truck.
6. The last week of the month is usually the most expensive time for moving truck rentals because everyone moves at the end of the month. Save yourself money by booking the rental at less busy times.
7. To save a little money on having a professional moving truck rental company complete the whole move from packing to driving to unpacking, consider hiring some students or retired persons as helpers. They will be less expensive and they probably would enjoy the project, making themselves a little extra spending money.
8. Instead of a truck rental where you drive the vehicle, consider the U Pack – We Drive services for moving. The company drops a crate or container at your home and you pack it your own way. Then, the truck rental agency comes back to pick up the crate and delivers it to your new destination.
9. When short of supplies such as packing tape, boxes and tissue, the truck rental agency, in most instances can help out. In fact, you may even want to order your supplies in advance. The agency staff will help you determine how many boxes, china barrels, and wardrobes you will require.
10. Use the moving opportunity to get rid of things that are no longer required. There is no point in paying for space used in a container, nor should you pay a professional moving company to carry and transport things around for nothing.
11. DO NOT put the following items into the cargo area of the moving truck. Medicine, important papers, documents, family heirlooms, and expensive jewelry. Anything that will be difficult to replace should be kept with you. If you are moving within the city or close enough that you will keep the same bank branch, put any valuables into the safe deposit box while packing, moving and unpacking the moving truck.
12. If required, be sure to book a loading ramp when reserving the truck rental. Not all locations have the ramp handy or it may be rented out to someone else, so prepare in advance.
13. When loading the truck, pack in sections, and when a section is full, tie it off with rope and bungee cords to keep it in place while the truck is in motion.
14. The professional moving company will not pack or carry flammable items. Nor should you. Do not carry any flammables in the moving van.
15. Trucking companies carry many different things from many uses. In order to keep your belongings neat and clean, it is advisable to place a covering of cardboard (broken down boxes) or plastic sheeting on the floor of the rental truck. Cover your belongings as well with tarps, plastic or old blankets.
16. Some truck rental agencies permit the use of nails and braces attached to the floor of the moving truck rental to secure the load. Check with the company when booking the rental to determine whether this is an option or not.
17. If you have booked a long moving van, make sure you have the space to park a tractor trailer size truck.
18. Any heaters, lawn motors, or other items that hold kerosene, gas, oil and liquids should be emptied before loading onto the truck.
19. Use your time wisely and plan the day’s schedule in advance so that you can return the truck rental on time saving yourself the overage costs of keeping the truck past the due date.
20. If there are several people helping with the move, only one person should be in charge of the actual packing of the truck, otherwise, the items will not be organized and tightly packed when the job is finished. More space will be lost if everyone is deciding where to put the boxes. The helpers will be more efficient bringing things on board, and waiting for instructions from the head person. Likewise, they can just leave the boxes at the door of the rental truck waiting for the person on board to load them in the proper place.
21. Before leaving the rental lot with the truck, check it over for damage, broken pieces on the wiper blades and mirrors, and make sure you have the appropriate truck rental paperwork such as ownership and insurance, the truck rental agreement and the return date.
22. Start early. Pack a few boxes every day once you know that you are moving so that everything is not left until the last minute. It will be easier to gauge the size of the truck, as well, if you can see the load all packed up.
23. Have everything packed when the truck rental arrives. Whether you are using the services of a professional moving company or driving the moving truck rental yourself, having everything packed and ready will allow you to load the truck more efficiently, plus it will save time from having to wait for unpacked items.
24. If any furniture or cabinets require disassembling, or the legs are removed for loading onto the truck, keep a box of little plastic bags handy. Put each set of hardware in separate bags and tape or tie the bag to the item itself for easy retrieval at the destination.
25. Stay focused. Save the partying until after the truck is loaded and properly packed.