Step-By-Step Guide to Unload a Moving Truck the Right Way

After many hours of loading all of your belongings safely inside a moving truck, you are probably already tired and ready for moving day to be over and done. But as you roll up to your new home, you still have many hours of unloading ahead. Sigh! So how do you make the process of unloading a moving truck efficient, speedy and safe? By checking out the handy step-by-step guide below.

1. Fully extend the loading/unloading ramp your rental truck is equipped with. Check the ramp to ensure it is in good operating order and also that it is dry.

2. Open the truck door. This should be done slowly so you won’t disturb items inside, and if something falls out, you will be able to react quickly. The chance of pieces falling out of the truck as you lift the door is high because things easily shift during transportation.

3. Unload items carefully and in the right order.

  • The first item to unload will be the last items you loaded.
  • Next, remove miscellaneous items that are lightweight. These will be those belongings that have been placed on top of larger items or in remaining empty spaces.
  • Household appliances should be next on your unloading list. Since these items are delicate – and heavy – use extra care when moving them, along with a utility dolly and several extra hands.
  • After household appliances have been taken off the truck, tackle bulky boxes.
  • Now comes the time to remove furniture. Be sure to unhook any ropes or moving straps that are holding pieces in place inside the truck. For furniture that contains drawers or doors, check to ensure they are well secured and won’t fall out or swing open while unloading them.
  • Once all of the previously mentioned items have been unloaded, you should be left with just large boxes to remove. Be smart and carry only one box at a time – it will actually be just as quick and will decrease the risk of damaged items and personal injury.

4. Use proper lifting and carrying techniques during the unloading process. Bend your knees, and use the strength of your arms and legs to lift and carry heavy pieces. Be sure to hold items close to your body, take small steps and keep your movements slow and precise.

5. Avoid rushing while unloading your moving truck. Rushing to get the job done faster will only lead to broken belongings and injury. So plan every step carefully and avoid hasty actions.

6. Take belongings directly to their designated location as you remove them from the truck. This will eliminate having to move large, heavy items around your home later, and will also save you lots of time when trying to unpack, because everything will already be in the right spot.

7. Check inside your moving truck one last time to ensure all of your belongings have been removed. Then close and secure the door, and disengage the ramp.

8. If a moving company delivered your items, check your inventory sheet to make sure all of your belongings arrived safe and sound. Be sure to do this while the movers are still there, just in case!

9. If you rented a moving truck for a DIY move and it has officially served its purpose, it’s time to clean the empty truck, fuel it back up and return it on time.

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Top Tips for a Winter Move (Part 1 of 2)

 

The winter season is quickly rolling in. For many, this means frigid temperatures, icy rain and snowfall that grows from a few flakes to a mountainous pile outside the front door. One activity that can be hard to accomplish in winter is moving. In fact, a winter move is the toughest type of relocation there is. But it is not always avoidable. If you are planning to move this winter, it is a good idea to prepare ahead of time for the tasks to come. Here are some tips to make your winter move a success.

1. Consider Your Options

Due to the harsh conditions brought on by winter, it should come as no surprise that moving during this time poses many risks. If you are moving locally, you may be considering a do-it-yourself move. This means packing – and transporting – all of your belongings by yourself or with the help of friends, family and a rental truck. While a DIY move is pretty straightforward, the problem is that winter weather is unpredictable, changing from mild to severe in the blink of an eye. When it comes to planning ahead for a winter move, the weather forecast will be your most valuable source. If the forecast says you will be hit by a blizzard on the day of your move, don’t risk it! Instead, opt for a reputable moving company that is trained to deal with cold weather conditions.

2. Hire Professionals

When moving to a new home, you have two choices: do it yourself or hire professional movers. First, consider all aspects of a winter move, and then decide which route is best for you and your family. A self-move can be gratifying and also cost less; however, attempting to move yourself under winter conditions is generally not worth the risk of personal injuries, property damage or harm to valuable possessions. Hiring professional movers will eliminate all of these risks.

Hiring professional movers also comes with several more benefits. Here are a few of them.

Excellent Prices: You may not know this, but moving in winter is much cheaper than during other times of the year. Most people choose to move in summer, which escalates prices of moving companies. But during the off-season of winter, prices drop significantly, which means great savings for you.

Experienced Movers: Along with lower prices, moving in winter also comes with the advantage of getting the most experienced movers for your relocation. What does this mean exactly? Well, during busy times, like summer, moving companies often have to hire more movers just to keep up with consumer demands. This can lead to less experienced helpers being hired so the company will have enough hands for all of its jobs. But in winter, less jobs are available to moving companies, which means you are guaranteed to always get the most experienced movers available.

Negotiations: Since the winter season can be such a slump for moving companies, many are more likely to be negotiated into an even lower rate. This means a chance for additional discounts, a larger range of moving services, free packing materials, and more.

3. Pack for Cold Weather

Are you a good packer? Are you efficient at wrapping and labeling boxes, etc? If you answered yes, that’s great – and it will make for a much more successful moving experience. But, as wonderful a packer as you may be, there is something you may not have considered before, and that’s packing for winter verses summer, or other milder season. The main difference when packing between these two seasons is that temperature plays a very big factor in how certain possessions should be packed. While your home may be warm, outside temperatures can drop extremely low, even inside a moving truck. As a result, delicate and fragile items are put at a high risk of being damaged or broken – especially when in transit. Some items to keep in mind when packing for a winter relocation, include:

  • Plants
  • China and glassware
  • Musical instruments
  • Antique furniture
  • Electronic equipment

For more important tips for your winter move, continue on to our next blog!

Bubble Wrap: The Ultimate Accessory When Moving

The most practical packing material available is… you guessed it, bubble wrap. It provides the perfect cushion for any item, fits any shape, and can easily be secured with packing tape. Along with being used to protect delicate items and awkwardly shaped pieces during shipping, there are many other reasons why bubble wrap is such a widely used packing tool.

Safety. Bubble wrap is made by sealing together two sheets of plastic with air trapped between them in order to create rows of bubbles. The evenly distributed air-filled pockets provide excellent protection against shocks and vibrations, and can also prevent items from breaking if accidentally dropped. Bubble wrap also protects items from scratches and chipping.

Convenience. Considering all of the hassles that go along with moving, one thing that makes the packing process easier is bubble wrap. These handy bubbles are simple to use. Just wrap an item of your choosing and seal it securely with packing tape. Bubble wrap has the ability to snugly fit the surface of whatever object is inside – no matter the shape or size.

Bubble wrap also offers moving convenience because it comes in various forms (sheets, bags, envelopes) and sizes (large or small bubbles). This way, you can easily pick the type that best suits your specific needs and requirements.

Environmentally Friendly. Another positive aspect of bubble wrap is that it is environmentally friendly. Not only can it be reused several times – a great way to save money and help the environment – but you can even opt for bio-degradable, which degrades easily when discarded and causes no harm to nature.

Financially Friendly. There’s no question that packing materials quickly add up in price, so to help lower the cost of your move, opt for bubble wrap. Due to bubble wrap’s perfect cushioning, you won’t require many more packing supplies to ensure the safety of your belongings. Not to mention, bubble wrap is lightweight (it is basically just air, after all), so it doesn’t add to the overall weight of any items that require shipping.


Fun.
Pop. Pop. Pop, pop, pop! If there’s one thing these fantastic bubbles provide, it is entertainment – and we all know a little fun goes a long way when doused in the stress and mayhem of a move. So go ahead, give in and give it a squeeze.

Which Type of Bubble Wrap Should You Use?

As previously mentioned, you can choose from many different types of bubble wrap. So which one should you choose? Here’s a guide to help you decide which type will work best for your particular needs.

Large. Large bubble wrap features air pockets as big as 1” (26 mm) in diameter. Large bubble wrap is typically used for packing large household items, like furniture pieces. It is also good for providing a significant amount of cushion inside large moving boxes.

Small. Small bubble wrap ranges in bubble size from 1/8” (3mm) to 3/8” (10mm) in diameter. Smaller bubble size provides less protection against shock or impact, but greatly aids in protecting items from scratches and other superficial damage. Use small bubble wrap for electronics, glassware and other sensitive/delicate items.

Bubble Wrap Envelopes. Bubble wrap envelopes are a good choice for protecting things like CDs, books,small framed pictures and other flat items. These handy envelopes feature bubbles along the inside, which equals to maximum protection for breakables. They also provide easy-seal protection.

Anti-Static Bubble Wrap. Anti-static bubble wrap is designed to protect electronic items, like cell phones, computers and TVs. It works by dissipating static charge. This is good for protecting sensitive electronic chips inside cell phones, etc.

What Should You Pack with Bubble Wrap?

Honestly, there isn’t a single thing that can’t be wrapped in bubble wrap. That’s part of its amazingness! However, certain items require better protection than others and will benefit more from the superior protective qualities of bubble wrap.

If you need to pack fragile items, the more protection the better. The more securely you wrap these items, the greater the chance they will remain intact during your move. Do not use bubble wrap sparingly for the following items:

China. China sets include many pieces. To protect every plate, saucer and cup, wrap them first in packing paper, followed by a secure layer of bubble wrap. Also place some bubble wrap inside all cups, and between its body and handle, to provide extra support and eliminate the risk of breaking.

Glasses. Consider how many glasses you have broken in your lifetime. Now imagine what happens to glasses when poorly packed inside of a moving box. Yikes! Glasses top the list of the most easily damaged items during a move, so be sure to wrap them carefully when packing. Each glass – whether a wine glass or a valuable piece of crystal – should be individually wrapped with bubble wrap. Also, place an extra layer of bubble wrap on top of the wrapped glasses before sealing the box.

Artwork. If moving with figurines, paintings and other valuable pieces of art, don’t forget these items need maximum protection too. First, wrap in packing paper to better protect any delicate surfaces. Then follow with several layers of bubble wrap. Secure with packing tape.

Mirrors. Mirrors are another item that is easily cracked and broken during a relocation. To provide the mirror’s surface with optimum protection, it is a good idea to cover it with packing paper. Then, using bubble wrap with large air pockets, wrap the mirror in several layers of protection. To secure all packing paper and bubble wrap, encircle the entire mirror with packing tape.

*Framed paintings and mirrors should be placed in specialty picture/mirror boxes for maximum protection.

Vases. Due to their awkward shape and delicate material, vases are highly susceptible to damage – so grab the bubble wrap to provide the best protection possible. To wrap, set your vase on its side on a sheet of bubble wrap. Then, roll it until it’s completely covered, and secure it in place with packing tape. Be sure the top and bottom of the base is safely wrapped and taped.

For all moving supplies, including bubble wrap, packing paper, boxes and more, ABC Movers has everything you need to make your move a success.