25 Loading Tips to Make Moving Out Easier
Plan How You’ll Load Your Belongings Before Move Out Day Gets Here
If moving day is around the corner, and you’re planning to save money by doing a self-move, something to start thinking about is how you’ll secure your load and keep your belongings safe while they're traveling across the country.
Moving Out Tips
- Create an obstacle-free route from the door to the moving equipment.
- Put down a tarp or plastic wrap on the floor of the moving trailer or moving container to protect against dirt and dust.
- Start by loading the front of the trailer (near the cab), then work your way toward the back of the trailer.
- With U-Pack, you only pay for the space you use. So, pack high (floor to ceiling) and tight to save money and maximize space.
- Put heavy items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
- Assign one person to stay in the trailer or near the container to ensure items are packed high and tight.
- Load the largest, heaviest furniture and appliances first. Load them against the walls to help distribute weight evenly throughout the trailer.
- Create tiers as you are loading. Each tier should be close to the ceiling before the next tier begins.
- Secure each tier with rope, bungee cord, or ratchet straps before building the next.
- Take advantage of the multiple tie down points throughout the trailer or container.
- Use “fillers” (like rolled up rugs or bags of linens) to fill any open spaces and prevent shifting.
- Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
- Use moving blankets to keep items from rubbing up against each other.
- Place the couch or loveseat on its end if possible to use less space.
- Put wrapped pictures or mirrors upright between mattresses.
- Wrapped headboards and footboards can also go between mattresses (but not the same mattress your pictures are between).
- Secure desk, cabinet, or dresser drawers with stretch wrap so they don’t open during transit.
- Load fabric or wood furniture away from items that could cause damage.
- Thin-legged tables may not be able to withstand heavy items, so avoid loading heavy items on top of them.
- Place fragile items or oddly-shaped items on last and secure them well. Make sure all fragile items are marked “FRAGILE.”
- Put plastic tarps over ATVS, lawnmowers, and other gas-operated items and keep them far away from fabric items. And remember to drain the flammable fuel before loading.
- Use heavy-duty straps to secure lawnmowers, motorcycles, ATVs, etc. so they don’t move during transit. In the trailer, you can nail wooden blocks into the trailer floor for additional bracing.
- Use a dolly to help load multiple items up the ramp and onto the trailer.
- Wear work gloves to protect your hands while loading.
- Always lift with your legs (not your back) when moving heavy items.
What tips do you have for move out day?
If you’ve moved before, you may have tips to add to our list. Let us know! Or, if you have questions about what to expect on move out day, we'll be happy to help. Use our Ask the Experts tool, leave a comment, or give us a call at 800-413-4799.