Everyone needs friends on moving day. Especially when those friends are moving experts! We've teamed up with our friends at Penske Truck Rental to bring you their favorite moving tips, tricks and stories all week long. Penske Truck Rental can be your trusted professional guide throughout the DIY moving process, arming you with everything from planning tools to moving boxes to actual trucks to help you get yourself moving.
If you've ever moved before, then you know how crucial it is to plan things out. Has anyone ever managed to get packed and ready to go without racing against the deadline? For your next move, check out Penske Truck Rental's Moving Timetable, which gives you 3 weeks of lead time in a checklist, so you can stay on top of the job. One of the first things you'll have to figure out is how big a truck to rent. Penske Truck Rental has a patented Truck Wizard to help you figure out exactly the right size.
Once you've got your truck, the fun really starts. Penske Truck Rental is a great resource for Packing Tips. Here are some of our favorites:
When packing a moving truck, move the heaviest items first, keeping them upright (where their weight is most balanced) and place them closest to the cab. Be sure to distribute weight evenly on each side of the truck.
The packing order should be: (1) Heavy items; (2) Long items (placed along the walls of the truck); (3) Heavy boxes; (4) Light boxes (stacked on top of heavy boxes); (5) Fragile items (placed so they will not move or shift during transport.)
When moving rugs and rug pads, sprinkle them with moth flakes before rolling them up and tying with twine.
Use your dressers as moving boxes for lightweight and delicate objects, which you can wrap and then cushion with loose clothes or blankets. Wrap the dresser or bureau in a moving blanket and secure with rope, so the drawers don't open during the move. But don't tape them closed, or you may damage the paint or finish.
Use small boxes for books so they don't get too heavy, and reinforce the box bottoms with tape. Lay books flat, alternating binding directions, and fill empty spaces with wadded paper.
Do not stack dishes flat! Saucers, plates and platters should all be placed on edge. Individually wrap each piece. If you use newspaper, wrap the dishes first in plastic bags to save dishwashing later. Cups and bowls may be placed inside each other and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Place the wrapped dishes in a box and fill any empty space with wadded-up newspaper.
Pets must always ride inside the truck cab with you. Never leave your pet in the cab alone — it is dangerous and can get much too hot. Make sure your pet is properly collared, secured while driving, and tagged with your destination address and phone number (or another emergency contact). If you have an excitable furry friend, check with your pet's veterinarian to see if a mild sedative is recommended for the move. Make sure your pet has enough food, water, and any necessary medications for the trip. Be sure to take rest breaks while traveling. Check with your veterinarian for other moving pet care tips and precautions.