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

 

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Week By Week Moving Timeline

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Week By Week Moving Timeline

At Lift It Moving and Storage we understand that moving is the third most stressful event in a person’s lifetime. Our goal is to make the move as stress-free as possible. Our Week By Week Moving Timeline is designed to cover all the bases leading up to your move and to make this event as effortless as possible.

Eight Weeks Before Your Move

  • Purge Before Packing. Get rid of any any unnecessary items. Having a yard sale, donating to charity, or selling the items online are good options.
  • Start using up items you can’t move, such as frozen food and cleaning supplies.
  • Begin Packing. Any items you won’t need in the immediate future should be packed away. This will eliminate any stress from packing at the last minute.

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Six Weeks Before Your Move

  • If you are moving for a new job or relocating for a current job, verify what expenses they will be responsible for, if any.
  • Verify how to deduct your move from your taxes using our Moving Tax Deductions guide
  • All travel arrangements (hotel, flights, car rental, etc.) for your family should be made at this time. Try to keep your plan flexible as possible to accommodate any schedule changes or delays
  • Finalize all real estate or rental needs in your new city
  • Contact your insurance agent to transfer any medical, auto, fire or flood insurance

Four Weeks Before Your Move

  • Contact the Post Office and submit your change of address form. Make sure the following people have your new address:
    • Friends & Family
    • Utility Companies
    • Your Financial Institutions
    • Local & Federal Government Agencies
    • Schools
    • Subscription Companies
  • If you’re packing yourself purchase your moving boxes
  • Plan your yard sale or donate your unwanted items to charity

Three Weeks Before Your Move

  • If you are taking advantage of our Auto Transport services, you should make your final reservations for a vehicle pick up at this time.
  • Consider giving your plants to friends or a charity if you are moving from one state to another. Some state laws prohibit the moving of houseplants.
  • Make transportation arrangements for your pets. Take your pets to your veterinarian to ensure proper up to date health certificates and rabies inoculations. Some states will require these documents.
  • You will need to carry all valuable jewelry with you. If you have any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving.
  • Return any borrowed items such as library books. Also collect all items that are being repaired stored or cleaned (clothing, furs, shoes etc.).

Two Weeks Before Your Move

  • Transfer all prescriptions to a drugstore in your new city. Call your bank to find out how to transfer your accounts. Clear all your safety deposits boxes.
  • Disassemble and disconnect your computer system before your move. Back up all your computer files on a disk. Consider taking all back up files disks with you in the car. Exposure to extreme temperatures can damage your software.
  • Clean and clear your home including closets, basement and attics and the items that you will take.
  • Dispose of items that represent a hazard and are not allowed to be shipped.
  • Tape and seal all cleaning fluids that are non-toxic, non-flammable in plastic bags.
  • Drain your lawn mower, snow blower, power tools of all the oil and gasoline to ensure safe transportation.
  • Schedule appliance disconnection and preparation with a service provider.
  • Have your automobile serviced if your travel is by car.

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One Week Before Your Move

  • Make sure to mark which items you’ll take yourself, so the we won’t take them or have any questions.
  • Make sure you haven’t overlooked anything in the house.
  • Mark your boxes to be shipped with “Fragile”, “Do Not Load” stickers.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator, freezer and clean your stove, all at least 24 hours before moving to let them air out. Try using baking soda to get rid of any odors.
  • Prepare items you will need while your goods are in transit. Pack your suitcases and confirm travel arrangements for you and your family. Try to keep plans as flexible as possible in the event of unexpected delay or schedule change.
  • Make sure we know the address and phone number to your new home. You should also provide an address and phone number of where you can be reached until you will get to your new home.
  • Arrange for the payment due upon pick up. We accept Cash, Cashier’s Check or Money Order at the time of Pick Up

Two Days Before Your Move

  • Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. (This might include non-aerosol cleaning supplies, disposable plates and cups, light tools, snacks, bathroom items and trash bags.)
  • Take this box with you
  • Organize and set aside those things that you’re taking with you so that they don’t get loaded on the van in error.
  • Do your laundry
  • Clean your old home

Moving Day

Please be sure to read our Moving Day Guide on how to get you and your home ready for the big day.

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23 Moving Hacks for a Faster, Easier, and Less Stressful Move

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Moving is a part of life. And whether you move often or are packing up your bags for the first time in a long time, it’s a notoriously stressful process that can take its toll on even the best of planners. Fortunately, while moving isn’t necessarily easy on anyone, there are some ways to pack and unpack faster, reduce the amount of work, and ultimately make the process go just a bit smoother than it might otherwise. Sound too good to be true? Try these moving hacks for yourself and discover creative ways to improve your move.packing services rogers ar

Getting prepared

There are a lot of things you can do before you even pack up that first box to help facilitate an easier move. The moving hacks below will help you start off on the right foot.

Call the utility companies as soon as you know you’re moving. Cancelling your utilities at the place you’re vacating and setting them up at your new home doesn’t take much more than a couple phone calls, but once you get super busy with your move it’s easy to neglect this all-important task. Tackle it as soon as you know your new address and you’ll not only get it out of the way early on, you’ll also ensure you don’t forget to do it.

Find a mover fast. Planning on hiring professional movers but not sure where to start? Use google and search for “movers near me” to find quality and reliability local movers. Just make sure to ask for quotes from at least three different local moving companies so you can be sure to get the best price.

Set your budget. Moving can get expensive, and you don’t want to end up with major sticker shock on top of everything else. Take advantage of our online moving cost calculator and figure out how much you can expect to spend.

Make donation pick-up arrangements. If you know you’ll be donating big items like furniture and rugs, schedule a pick-up ahead of time so you can be sure you have an organization that can come get them. Use a site like Zealous Good to list the items you’ll be donating and give local charities a chance to request them, or schedule a pick-up with Goodwill, Salvation Army, or another organization that will take your donations off your hands.

Plan out your packing supplies. Use our packing calculator to get a good idea of just how much you’ll need in terms of packing supplies. This way, you can be sure to get what you need on the first run to the store.

Eat up. Moving the items in your fridge, pantry, and freezer can be a real pain. On the flip side, not moving them and just throwing them out instead is majorly wasteful. Find a happy medium by making it a goal to eat as much of the food you already have in your house as you can before moving day arrives. Turn it into a game and get creative with recipes to see how much you can use up. Do good at the same time by donating unopened/unexpired food to a local food bank.

Packing

Packing is one of the areas that moving hacks come in handy the most. There are lots of ways to cut corners and save yourself time while also making sure your belongings are protected. Here are some you may want to make use of.

Don’t empty out your dresser drawers. Instead of taking clothes and other items out of dresser drawers and packing them into boxes, simply take the drawers out of the dresser, leave the items in there, and secure them by wrapping up the drawer in plastic wrap. If it’s not too heavy, you can leave the drawers in the dresser and just wrap up the dresser itself in plastic wrap.

Leave your clothes on the hanger. It’s a ton of extra work to unhang clothes, fold them, box them, and then hang them back up at your new place. Skip the unnecessary steps by leaving clothes on their hangers and either grouping them up and wrapping them in large garbage bags or hanging them in a wardrobe box.

Put your linens, towels, and other soft items to use. Wrap up breakables like glasses or perfume bottles in socks for serious padding, and use linens and towels to provide cushioning for fragile, difficult to wrap items like lamps and vases. In the kitchen, use dish towels to securely wrap up knives and other sharp objects, securing them on there with a rubber band.

Use pots to hold small items. Instead of wasting additional boxes for small kitchen items like spices and gadgets, fill up your large pots and other sealable containers with them. You’ll save a ton of space.

Wrap a small bit of plastic wrap around things that might spill. Prevent spills in transit by using plastic wrap to secure the lids of things like soap, shampoo, cleaning supplies, and other items you don’t want poured out all over your things.

Pack your suitcases. You can get away with packing a lot of heavy things in suitcases since their wheels make them easy to move. Use suitcases to pack things that aren’t so easily transported in boxes, such as books and heavy serving dishes.

Color code boxes. Save time with your box labeling by picking up a sheet of different colored stickers and assigning each color a room. That way, you’ll be able to identify what needs to go where super quickly, and you won’t have to hunt for the marker every single time you seal up a box.

Take pictures of box contents. Snap a quick pic of the inside of boxes after they’re packed in case you need to jog your memory later about what’s where. While you won’t be able to capture every item in the shot, it should help you get a general idea of what you’ll find in each box.

Take a picture of the back of your TV. It can be difficult to remember where all those wires go. While your TV is still plugged in, take a picture of the back of it so you’ll remember how to set it back up later.

Put together a moving essentials bag. Pack a small duffle bag or suitcase with the items you’ll need access to during your move and right after you’ve arrived at your new place. Your moving essentials bag may include important documents, medications, chargers, basic toiletries, a couple changes of clothes, etc. The goal is to know exactly where to look when you need these things instead of having to hunt around.

Moving day

Moving day itself is often one of the hardest parts of the move (and usually the most tiring!). These moving hacks will help you get through it.

Pack a cooler. With all the chaos of moving day it’s very easy to get dehydrated or not eat enough. Stock a cooler with easy-to-grab items that can keep your strength up throughout the day, like water bottles and quick snacks. Move it with you in the car instead of the moving truck so you can access it whenever you need to.

Have a plan for little kids and pets. If your kids are too young to help on moving day, your best bet is to have them out with friends or family to relieve a bit of your stress and keep them safe. The same goes for pets. If you can, arrange alternate plans for your little ones and your furry ones—you’ll all be happier.

Be packed up the day before moving day. Last minute packing can slow down your entire day. Make it a goal to be completely packed before your movers arrive or it’s time to pick up the rental truck. That way, you can focus right away on accomplishing the task at hand.

Unpacking

You’ve finally arrived, but there’s still more to be done. Here’s how to stop procrastinating and speed up the unpacking process.

Start with the kitchen. The kitchen tends to be the most complicated and time intensive room to get unpacked, and the longer you wait to start, the more stressed out you’ll be about it. Getting it done first will give you a big sense of accomplishment right off the bat and allow you to fully focus on the easier-to-unpack rooms.

Give yourself a deadline. There’s no real timeline when it comes to unpacking, which makes procrastinating all the more alluring. Schedule a housewarming party or a more casual get together for a few weeks after your move to provide yourself with a set end date for having it all done.

Do a little bit at a time. Don’t stress yourself out trying to get every single box unpacked right away. Get the major things done, and then focus instead on doing what you can as you can, devoting just ten or fifteen minutes at a time to unpacking instead of feeling like you need to spend hours on it. It will all get done eventually.

Get rid of boxes as you empty them. As soon as a box is emptied of all its items, break it down and recycle it. This will give you a physical marker of progress and clear up much-needed space in your new home.

Moving hacks are all about making things just a bit easier on yourself. Follow the ones above and you’ll notice that, this time around, maybe your move isn’t quite as bad as you expected it to be

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