If you’re planning on moving soon, you might be considering whether or not you should rent a moving truck and do the work yourself or if you should hire a moving service to take care of all this for you.
While there are pros and cons to each option, if you’re wanting to take the more frugal route, packing up yourself and driving your belongings to your final destination is the best way to go. However, if you’ve never driven a moving van or truck before, you might be nervous about making the journey.
To help you with this and ensure that you have a safe trip, here are three tips for packing and driving your own moving truck.
Be Strategic When Loading
To make the best use of your space and ensure that nothing gets broken or shifted too much in transit, it’s important that you’re strategic with how you pack and load your moving truck.
According to Diane Schmidt, a contributor to The Spruce, you should first pack all of your large and heavy items. As you place these items in your truck, try to keep the weight as balanced as you can on either side. After all of your big items are in the truck, you should then load any long items that you have followed by any boxes you’ve packed. And once these items are all in the truck, you should finally pack anything that’s fragile or odd-shaped in the remaining space you have left.
Plan A Safe Route
When your moving truck is packed and ready to go, you should do a little planning for which route to take before you hit the road. In large trucks, you can’t maneuver the way you can in a smaller car, which can make it easier for you to get in an accident with the truck.
To be as safe as you possibly can be, Laura Mueller, a contributor to Moving.com, recommends that you try to avoid areas that have a lot of congestion, have tight corners, low bridges, or will take you through the mountains. All of these situations can be dangerous and stressful in a moving truck, so try to plan a route where you can skip over these sections.
Show Appreciation To Those Who Help
If you’re lucky, you won’t have to do every part of packing and moving all by yourself. In many situations, friends or family are willing to help with the loading, unloading, and even the travel involved in moving. So if you have someone lending you a hand, Jami Barnett, a contributor to Consumer Affairs, suggests that you show your appreciation by being ready when your help arrives and providing them with food and drinks throughout the day.
Whether you’re planning to move from one home to another or from one city to another, these tips for packing and driving your own moving truck should come in handy.