If you've decided to move homes on your own, then several removalists offer self-drive or only drive truck options where you do the loading and unloading on your own. Before you start loading heavy boxes into the truck, you need to know these loading tips to ensure that your possessions travel safely and securely to your destination.
Prepare The Truck For Loading
Before you begin loading any furniture items into the truck, be sure to lay plastic tarp or wrap on the floor. This will protect your belongings from dirt and scratches, especially if they are not packed. Park the truck in an obstacle-free location that allows you to seamlessly move furniture between your house and the truck. Start by loading everything into the front of the removalist's truck and slowly work your way towards the rear.
Load Large And Heavy Items First
Begin your loading process by placing the heaviest and largest furniture pieces and appliances like sofas, dishwashers, washing machines and tables against the walls of the truck to evenly distribute the weight across all the corners. This even weight distribution will make the trip smooth for you or the truck driver. Make sure that all the heavy items are properly packed to prevent them from getting cracked and chipped against the corners.
Avoid Placing Breakable Items At The Bottom
Keep in mind that the process of loading will require stacking boxes and furniture items on top of each other, so pay close attention to where everything goes. You'll want to avoid placing breakable items like thin table tops, glass furniture and fragile boxes on the bottom because they will break with the top load weight. Any fragile boxes and furniture should be placed above your sofas and other bottom-stacked furniture to prevent them from coming into direct contact with the ground.
Dress Yourself Properly To Avoid Injury
Loading and unloading heavy items isn't a small feat, so don't take it lightly. Avoid wearing loose clothes that may get caught up in furniture or nails when carrying items out of your doorways. Always wear leather gloves when loading and unloading because your skin could get grazed against some sharp edges. Avoid open-toe shoes and wear supportive footwear with good grips to ensure that you don't slip while carrying furniture.
These tips are designed to help you with your loading process. If you want to avoid the hassle of doing the loading and unloading on your own, you may want to consider hiring professional removalists to make your move as seamless as possible.