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Old 03-09-2009, 09:06 AM
Location: Kansas
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I actually used graph paper to decide placement of the large items. It worked really well since all space was used. The only problem was that the brakes failed on the unit and when U-Haul had to remove and reload, well, anyway, they said someone did a really good job at getting everything in there and luckily they were reloading to a larger truck. It made it so easy!
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:48 PM
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Moving help!
First of all make sure all the packing of boxes is done and labeled on the side of the box! Not on top! Pack plates on their end not flat in the box! Glasses up or upside down, not on the side, top off with a layer of paper for cushion end the box with light stuff on top! Now for the move! Place most all couchs on their ends in the truck! Dresser's to when loading! It's different in all situations but let's look at a typical 2 bedroom house! If you packed using movers boxes! Usually 3-4 different sizes! Stack them up 4-6 high and hand truck them to the truck! Make a uniform wall across the front of the truck with the boxes! Next I usually start with the couch on a blanket in the front lower side of the truck up on it's end! Legs to the front of the truck, back to the left wall. Put in the cushions, considering all the furniture is wrapped up with moving pads and taped on with nothing but 2" masking tape! No ductape or packaging tape! It will take off the finish! Next a dresser placed on its end beside the couch loading to the high side of the truck! keep the load even as you can and stack lighter things on top as you go working to the side of the truck that is highest Filling in all holes with objects as you go from low side to the high side of the truck!, after you get a row across the truck flush and as even as possible start the next row! If you keep everything tight and square you will have a secure load! Unfortunalty rental trucks don't rent all the equiptment professional movers use to make a move more successful! Use handtrucks on dressers, stand them on their end and handtruck them. Shoulder dollies are a good tool! & plenty of blankets and masking tape! Use moving boxes if you can. Stack the boxes according to the same size of the boxes and handtruck them to the truck! Then start with the furniture if you have a lot of boxes! Using the same size of boxes is critical if your going to have a full load, I hate all different sizes of boxes! Unless your good at jigsaw puzzle ( mod cut- no advertising) hope this helps!
31 years on the job experience! voted #1 moving company in our county longer than any other!
Hope this helps! I love moving! Your only moving your stuff, don't worry about keeping the weight balanced like some suggested unless your trying out for a masters loading cerificate! lol. Main concern is getting it all on the truck!
ps! put couch cushions & small throw pillows in open areas like china cabinets, end tables, etc to save space before wrapping with pads!

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by geekduo View Post
Put all the heavy furniture on the bottom. Boxes of top of them. Fill up to the top as you work backwords. Keep it tightly packed so things can't move around during the trip. Save odd shape things for the end, like bikes, lawnmower, etc.
Don't forget to try and keep the weight balanced left to right and front to back.
You gave great advice. I would ad, pack a small duffle, siutcase for every family member, a couple changes of clothing ea. Saves time later when you are too tired to unpack clothes. Also, put together small set of eating utensils. Put kitchen items in last, you can get your kitchen put together right away. I try to get bathroom, and kitchen put in first. Makes it feel less stressful if you know where these things are, and a bath feels so good after a long moving day.
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