Packing Tips for Your DIY Move

June 23, 2020, 7:37

Doing the move on your own will save you money and give you full control over the process. That being said, if you’ve never moved before, you may need some guidance to safely transport your belongings to your new home. At Marcus Allard Truck Rental, our box trucks are perfect for your moving needs. They’re spacious enough to fit a few rooms worth of furniture inside. Here are a few tips to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. 

Create an Inventory

One of the most common concerns about moving is keeping everything together. Avoid losing your possessions by creating an inventory. Having a detailed list is a great way to account for your furniture, clothes, and anything else that will be on the moving truck. Organize the list by room so you can ensure everything is together when you arrive at your destination. 

Sort Items By Order

Remember that the way you load your items will be the reverse of how you unload them. Think about which items you’ll need upon arrival: these should be easy to find and remove from the truck. Heavier items, such as furniture, should be loaded first, with more delicate items following. You don’t want anything to break on the way there, so be sure to set smaller, more fragile items on top of furniture, not underneath. Sorting your items using this method takes some strategy, but it will be immensely helpful when the time comes to unload everything.

Pay Extra Attention to Your Valuables

The last thing you want is for something you deeply cherish—such as a family heirloom—to get damaged or lost. Moving is stressful by itself, so you need peace of mind knowing your items are safe. Take extra precaution against damaging these items by carefully wrapping them with bubble wrap and foam peanuts. If there’s something you really want to protect, we recommend renting a cargo van to haul those special items separately. Our cargo vans are perfectly sized for smaller pieces of furniture and other items. That way, you won’t need to worry about whether your delicate items are rolling around in the back of the moving truck. 

Be Mindful of Weight

Packing requires some careful planning. Heavier items require sturdier materials, such as stiffer boxes. However, remember not to fill your boxes up to the brim. After all, since you are completing the move on your own, you will be the one to haul these items off the truck, so it’s important to know your own strength. If your boxes are too heavy, unloading your items will be a tedious, potentially dangerous task. It’s best to play it safe and separate items as much as possible. You’ll have plenty of room on our box trucks, so don’t feel pressured to squeeze all of your belongings together. 

Call Our Professional Truck Rental Company!

The first step to starting your moving project is to call our team at Marcus Allard Truck Rental! We’ve helped hundreds of people move through our box truck rental services. Our trucks are affordable and carefully maintained so you don’t encounter any issues while on the road, so depend on us for your box truck rental needs!