On November 6th 2012 my fellow moving partner and I received a call about a load and swap. A load and swap is typically a job when we simply either load or unload a truck into another truck. In this particular situation we were unloading a 16’ truck and loading it into another 16’ truck. When we arrived on site I noticed two 16’ budget trucks on the side of the street. One truck was facing forward and the other one was facing the opposite way. When i finally spoke with the customer she began to explain to us that she’s moving from Seattle Washington to Phoenix Arizona but while she was on her way to Phoenix her truck that she rented broke down twice before we even got there.
Typically when you move you think of getting a rental truck and the costs of it and also how much mileage they’ll charge you, moving can be very stressful! However the customary method of truck rental and hauling possessions is no longer the only method. Another method is a storage pod! Storage pods are portable storage units you can rent monthly, daily, or weekly. The storage company will pick up the pod and either store it or deliver it to your new location.
Renting a truck
Typically truck rentals are limited in terms of the usage period and incur charges when that period of time is exceeded. Pods don’t incur time charges until the delivery company picks up the pod for storage. Keep in mind that you can also load items into the pod at any time of day or night. Both pods and truck rentals allow you on how to manage how you move your belongings from one place to another. You can easily save money and the time you spend, as opposed to hiring a truck and moving crew as a package.
When renting a moving truck you may not be familiar on how to drive, park or even use it, it may be tricky and scary at times. Make sure to always set the parking brake when parking to ensure that the truck won’t go anywhere. When you’re facing downhill make sure to turn the wheels towards the curb and when you’re facing uphill turn the wheels away from the curb. When backing up make sure you have someone behind the truck to guide you because many rental trucks have blind spots and make it extremely hard to see. Also make sure that the ramp is not extended while the truck is in motion. What you shouldn’t do is push the gas all fast and have the truck sort of jerk, just simply ease on the gas while parking to avoid any mishaps. Always make sure that there’s no pedestrians around or small children while parking because you don’t want to have any injuries to happen. But overall if you follow these simple steps and you’re careful about it parking a rental truck should be no problem.
Loading a truck may seem very difficult and time consuming especially if you don’t want to damage any of your belongings. However there are certain techniques into loading a truck to speed up the process and make it go smooth as well. Learning to understand how to make certain pieces fit together and increase your available space is extremely important from protecting precious items. Never just toss items inside a moving truck without having a plan on how you want to maximize your space.
First step on loading a truck is to find help because most likely you might have to load heavy items and large boxes into the truck. Ask some friends or even relatives or you can also hire a helper to assist you with your move.
Make sure to rent the proper equipment. If you’re renting a moving truck you may want to confirm with the moving truck provider to see if it comes with a ramp and even a dolly to lift items onto the truck. Also make sure to have blankets so you can lay them on the ground so you can place your furniture on the moving blankets.
Remember to always disassemble larger items such as beds and tables to create more space in the moving truck. Make sure to wrap the pieces in cloth and put them in a box.
Always lift items properly to prevent an injury. Lift with your legs and not your back.
Load heavy items onto the truck. You want to start with the heaviest items and load these against the back of the wall of the moving truck. Make sure there’s a balance and keep items in an upright position.
Place long items on the sides of the truck so you can keep the area of the moving truck open. Middle of the truck is where you can start loading boxes and smaller non boxed items.
Bring heavy and light boxes onto the moving truck once your larger and non boxed items are all situated. Make sure to place light boxes on top of heavier boxes. After that make sure to place heavy items in front of your long items and heavier items. Load light boxes in the available space typically in the middle of the truck and stack boxes to maximize space.
also make sure to secure items against the wall by using rope or a cargo net so your items won’t shift.