Moving isn’t a big hassle when you know the tricks of the trade. From how to pack to how to drive, here are 10 tips to help make sure your moving van is a help and not a hindrance.
1. Moving Van Loading Tips
There are some best practices to use when putting your boxes into a moving van. For your bed, use a mattress bag before loading it into the moving van. This will keep your bed protected from any dust, water and light exposure during your move. It’s also best to keep your most fragile items separate from everything else. And to prevent items from shifting, use crumpled newspaper or pads to pack everything tight. It’s also a good idea to put the heaviest items in the front and on the floor of your moving van. Load the lightest items last on the top and to the rear.
2. Learn How to Drive a Moving Truck
Driving a moving van isn’t at all like driving a sedan. You’ll want to first adjust the mirrors of the moving van. The rear view mirror is not usable in a moving van situation, so you have to rely solely on your side mirrors to navigate. Take the time to adjust them so that your line of sight. You’ll also want to know the moving van’s height and weight. These numbers are crucial to know when you come upon bridges, overpasses, parking garages and other structures that post height or weight limits. Remember to brake sooner than you’re used to as it will take more time to come to a complete stop. Your moving van, with its large turn radius, will make tight turns a challenge. Allow for a large turning area and use your turn signals to warn cars of your lane changes. You also need to be aware of speed limit signs posted for trucks, so make sure to obey the lower speed limits.
3. Use Your Move as an Excuse to Downsize
Use your move as an opportunity to get rid of all your unwanted junk that’s collecting dust in your attic, garage or storage shed. You can also sell these items in a yard sale to help your moving budget and donate the items that don’t sell. Since movers charge an extra markup on packing supplies, you’re better off finding free cardboard boxes listed online on Craigslist or at your local grocery store.
4. Some Moving Tips on How to Pack Up Your Kitchen
The kitchen contains many fragile items that will need some care when packing them up for a move. You’ll want to pack any china and glassware first, starting with items that you don’t usually use. Next, move on to packing all your pots and pans as well as small appliances. Right before you move out, you’ll want to pack up your dishes and silverware. You can use plastic plates and utensils to eat as you prioritize clearing out your refrigerator ahead of your moving day.
5. Organize Your Moving Boxes
Having your boxes organized will make things easier when you need to move your stuff into your new house. One way to separate out your boxes is to label each box according to the room it came from. Another way to organize your boxes is to assign priorities to each box using a 1 to 10 numbering system.
6. Get The Paper Work Squared Away
Make sure that you organize all your important documents: your medical records, birth certificates, tax documents and anything else you don’t want to get misplaced. Get them all together in one box and consider digitally scanning them as an extra measure of insurance. You want to be sure to change your address before you move. You can go online or fill out a change of address form. Place any important moving truck documents in the glove compartment. These documents include proof of insurance, license information, where to return the truck and your emergency contact info.
Preparing Your Appliances for Move Out Day
You’ll need to have your appliances ready for the move. Have your washer and dryer serviced before transporting them. You should also empty out and unplug your refrigerator prior to your move. Doing this allows the interior to dry before it’s loaded onto the truck. Because you won’t have a refrigerator, you should pack some food in an ice box to bring with you. It’s also a good idea to pack a box of necessities to place into the moving van near the rear. This box will be unloaded first at your destination and should contain things like toiletries, bottled water, office supplies, a first-aid kit and any other things you might require that your destination home lacks.
7. Complete An Inventory Form
An inventory form should list your household items with a particular emphasis on those items that are valuable (either in monetary terms or in sentimental value). If you’re using professional movers, they will take inventory of your items before they load them. This inspection will help you find out if any scratches or other damage happen during the move.
8. Get Insured
It’s best to get insured either through the moving van rental company or through your auto insurance. Besides accidents, you want to be covered for theft and any damage that happens to the truck. When you return the moving van to the rental agency, they will inspect it for damage. That’s why it’s important to use the blankets and padding that came with the truck.
9. Make a Final Check
Make one last pass to look for anything you might have forgotten about. Check any outdoor storage areas, attics and basements for anything you might have left behind. Once that’s done, check to make sure you’ve turned off the lights, the air conditioner and unplugged all electrical devices. Also, make sure that the windows are all closed and the doors are locked.
10. Don’t Rush Your Moving Trip
You want to make it to your destination without any mishaps. If you get tired on the road, find a motel or pull over to the nearest rest stop. Don’t push yourself to drive when you’re sleep deprived or driving conditions don’t seem safe. Remember, your family is also in the moving van, and their safety is more important than your schedule.