Moving is never easy, no matter how much you prepare beforehand. It can be especially difficult if you’re handling the moving truck all on your own. On the day of your move, once you see all the work in front of you, it can even seem impossible. The best way to overcome this challenge is by taking steps to maximize efficiency and reduce moving worry.
If you’re a DIY mover who rented their own truck, take a look at these efficiency-improving tips. They’ll help you save money on gas, make fewer trip, and streamline the entire moving process.
The first thing to consider is...
How to Pack the Truck
If you want ideal efficiency, that means limiting trips to as few as possible. The best way to do this is by having a plan when you pack your truck. Some important, quick truck-packing tips include:
- Place the largest and heaviest items in the back of the truck. Make sure there is room for the biggest items, or you’ll end up playing packing Tetris.
- Secure your fragile or small items safely, so they’re not crushed by larger items in-transit.
- Label your boxes properly to reduce confusion or mistakes during the truck packing process.
- Have things on hand to make the process easier. We recommend bringing a dolly, bubble wrap, packing tape, straps, and a sharpie. Use these tools to help secure, label, and protect things as you pack.
- Disassemble furniture to make it easier protect, move, and to fit in the truck.
- Put small things inside bigger things. Find boxes that fit inside the alcoves in your bookshelves and similar items to maximize efficient use of space.
Next, be sure to...
Plan Your Route
Don't just toss on the GPS at the last second. Look up your route ahead of time and make sure that there won't be any problems along the way. The same goes for where you plan to park it. Look into parking rules on the street where you’ll be unpacking. Have a game plan for where your truck will go when you both pack and unpack. Making a plan for all steps of the move will help keep it streamlined and stress-free.
Perhaps most importantly...
Don’t Let the Big Truck Intimidate You
These tips are most helpful for people making long drives. Renting a large truck can be difficult, because they’re harder to handle and less efficient. To circumvent these issues:
- Shift into neutral when you’re at a stop.
- Keep the foot off the gas when you’re stopped on a hill to avoid engine strain.
- Limit your speed to around 65 MPH or less on highways to limit any potential weight-shifting danger.
There are always a lot of shifting parts when it comes to planning and executing a successful move. The next time you need a little help storing and moving of your things, don’t hesitate to call Storage Direct. We’ll help make sure you get where you’re going without a hitch.