The Best Way to Pack a Moving Truck

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It’s moving day and you are just about ready to head out and start a life in your new home. Before you go, the moving truck will need to be loaded. This may seem simple enough, but there is actually a method to loading a moving truck. This method will ensure your belongings stay in pristine condition during the drive. Remember, an organized moving truck could mean an organized life in your new home! It will also mean the unloading and unpacking process will be much easier when you arrive at your destination. Refer to the infographic below to learn the best way to pack a moving truck.moving trucks



Keep some of these items in mind to help you pack a moving truck more efficiently:

  • Rope and tie-downs
  • Dolly
  • Box labels or Smart Tape
  • Furniture pads


If you looking to hire moving labor to help load your moving truck or pod give Lift It Moving and Storage a call for your next moving help needs.

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The Ultimate Moving Guide 101 – Part Four

Whether this is your first or your 10th time moving, we’ve simplified the options when it comes to moving your stuff. First, we showed you what kind of moving help fits your needs. Second, we advised you what kind of moving help you can get, either Labor Assistance or Full Service. Third, we showed you the average cost of moving annually in the United States. Here is part four of our Moving Guide 101.

It’s time to choose the right rental truck option for you. This is the most common type of move, you rent the truck, have a DIY move or have movers load and unload it for you.

As you already know, truck companies let you rent a vehicle in a facility near you. You load, drive, unload it and drive the truck back to another facility near your new home. You can move locally and long distance, but companies will charge you higher for long distance moves. Some companies charge you by mileage and others by daily cost with unlimited miles. For a truck rental, you pay on average around $155 for a local move, $225 for a short move, and $971 for a long-distance move.

The most common rental truck companies are U-Haul, Penske , and Budget . Usually customers contact them by phone or online. You can determine what truck size to get based on the amount of rooms you will be moving. Hand trucks and furniture pads are available to rent also.

Tows for your vehicles are available with some truck companies. You may also get packing supplies in their facilities. Keep in mind, some hardware stores will sell them for a lower price. You can also get them at our website and they will be shipped right to your doorstep if that’s convenient for you.

We did a little research for you and hopefully this will help you determine the average cost of what you would be paying for each truck rental company.


There are more than 15,000 U-Haul locations in the U.S. U-Haul is the most known rental truck company. Most likely, someone you know has rented a U-Haul truck at some point in their life. U-Haul offers trucks, trailers, towing, cargo vans, pickups and U-Box containers.

You can pick up just about anything you need for the move at U-Haul. This is convenient for those wanting to get all the moving materials ready before the move. U-Haul’s online service can be frustrating and it’s better for you to contact a representative over the phone to help you.

The preferred pick up location you choose might not be the one you travel to. If U-Haul ends up changing things on you, they will pay $50 for the inconvenience.

U-Haul truck sizes they offer are: 10’, 15’, 17’, 20’, 24’, and 26’.

U-HAUL- 10’ ft. trucks $19.95 + .79c per mile
15’ ft. trucks $29.95 + .79c per mile
17’ ft. trucks $29.95 + .79c per mile
20’ $39.95 + .79c per mile
24’ $39.95 + .79c per mile
26’ $39.95 + .79c per mile

U-HAUL Local Rates Average
Local under 50 miles = $121
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $335
Long Distance 250+ mi= $1,053


Penske has about 1,000 or more locations nationwide. Penske logistics provider and small size, makes a more personalized company and overall great customer service. Agents are willing to provide discounts for services, and if you request a reservation online, you get an online discount.

Penske has a great 24/7 roadside assistance team. Their online site offers plenty of road safety information, moving supplies, discounts, moving help and more.

The perks of Penske are their discounts, (you have to look for them), their guaranteed pick up location and same day rentals. Due to its smaller company size, they pay a lot of close attention to their customers. Penske offers unlimited miles but additional rental days will cost you $50 or more.

Penske truck sizes are: 12’ – 16’ – 22’ – 26’.

PENSKE- 12’ ft. truck $108
16’ truck $108
22’ truck $161.10
26’ truck $161.10

Penske Local Rates Average
Local under 50 miles = $205
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $355
Long Distance 250+ mi. = $1,195


Not only does Budget offer car rental service but truck rentals as well. Budget is a small, 1,700+ location company throughout the U.S. This company offers lots of special discounts that will bring down costs.

Budget’s online system is a little confusing but you can reserve online which is convenient. Unfortunately they only offer three truck sizes and some may not be available in your area. Due to its smaller size trucks, Budget may be practical for smaller moves if that’s the type of move you’re looking for. Budget guarantees your pick up location and that makes the move planning go more efficiently.

Budget Truck Sizes are: 10’, 16’, and 24’.

10’ truck = $46 + .25 cents per mile
16’ truck= $55 + .25 cents per mile
24’ truck = $99 +.25 cents per mile

Budget Local Rates Average
Local under 50 miles = $162
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $254
Long Distance 250+ mi.= $886

If you are comparing U-Haul, Penske and Budget, in the end it really comes down to what you feel the most comfortable with. You have to decide whether you should go for the company that offers what you’re looking for whether it’s pricing, customer service, or one that fits your moving needs. Give us a call for your next moving labor needs.

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The Ultimate Moving Guide 101 – Part Five

When it comes to moving, portable storage containers are now a popular way to relocate and many people are going this route.

Take a closer look at our guide to storage containers. We hope this will make a difference in your future moving plans. Here is part five of our Moving Guide 101.

Portable storage companies offer a “you pack, we drive” option for your move. This allows people to pack their belongings into containers. The company simply picks it up and transports the container to wherever your new home is. You will choose a delivery date for your shipping container, pack your stuff or hire some moving help.

After you’re done loading, you call the shipping company, they send the driver with a truck and the company will ship it to your new destination. Whether you move local or cross-country, the prices vary by distance.

Some people prefer this option because it is most convenient for them to have someone else drive a big truck cross-country with their storage container. The three most popular storage container options are PODS Pack Rat, and U-Pack.


This service is the first portable storage category. PODS deliver one or two containers; you have the choice of loading it at your pace, move it to a storage facility or home destination.

You get to unload it at your pace (that’s right you can take two days, or two weeks) and they will pick it up whenever you wish. This option is a little pricier than other moving options but you get to control your move and it may be suitable for your moving needs.

The downside of PODS is their online system. It does not provide you with online rates. The site seems to be a little frustrating and you’re better off calling and talking to someone about the rates. You may have to schedule weeks in advance due to their popularity and busy summer months.

PODS Rate Average

Local under 50 miles = $737
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $1,376
Long Distance 250+ mi. = $5,351


Pack Rat is another company and another member of the “you pack, we drive” company. They will ship the container and drive it for you. Pack Rat is a smaller company so there may not be many locations available in your area.

Just like PODS, Pack Rat allows customers to use the container for as long as they’d like to pack or unpack. Prices vary and you’ll have to call customer service to get pricing. Their online system does not offer online quotes.

PACK RAT Rate Average

Local under 50 miles = $715
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $1,373
Long Distance 250+ mi. = $3,425


U-Pack offers a trailer or ReloCube, which is a steel box (only comes in one size – 70″ x 82″ x 93″ DWH); you can rent more than one. Once you load all of your belongings, a driver then comes and picks up the box or trailer, drives it to the new destination where you will unload it.

U-Pack is part of the ABF Freight System, Inc. family, and it can move you anywhere in the country within two to five business days. Unlike PODS and PackRat, with U-Pack, you cannot load or unload at your convenience. You have three business days on either end for loading and unloading.

The service may be a little pricey than renting and driving a truck but for some, it may be a preferred option. These services are perfect for those too scared to drive moving trucks. On the plus side, U-Pack’s online system offers online quotes.

U-PACK Rate Average

Local under 50 miles = NA
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $1,228
Long Distance 250+ mi. = $2,424

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So if you’ve made your decision about using portable storage containers for your next move, great! If not, give us a call at 1-877-618-0066 so we can talk to you about different moving options.

If you also need help loading and unloading the storage containers, let us know. We have crews nationwide that are ready to serve you.


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