Friday, August 10, 2012

3 Essential Moving Tips from My Truck Buddy

Naturally, one of the most common questions we get is "how can I make this go faster/be cheap? Other than following the tips in our Moving Guide, the shortest answer to that question is:

Box it, bag it, break it down.

All three parts of that have the same goal in mind: to reduce clutter and "random stuff."

Box it. 

Boxes are an essential part of the equation. Without doubt, the fastest moves we've ever done are those where there is nothing but boxes and furniture. Even when we're asked to move just boxes and furniture, but there's a lot of random stuff laying around, it invariably slows down the guys because they have to move it, step around it, or frequently ask "Is this going on the truck?"

Rent Our Boxes boxes are specifically
designed for trucks like ours, making for a very
efficient, well-packed truck!
Neat rows of boxes lined up and ready to go out the door reduce the time between the start and end of the load and unload. Trust me, this is one of the most essential things you can do.

In addition to actually using boxes is getting uniform-sized boxes. Of course, you won't likely be able to pack everything you have in one size box, but three sizes are usually just as good, particularly if you use Rent Our Boxes. They actually designed these to be the same height when stacked in rows. That is, you can stack something like two larges, three mediums, six smalls, or many variations thereof and the height of the rows will be the same. (Pictured to the left). Why is this important? Because dozens or more of randomly sized boxes takes longer to stack safely, and leaves inefficient gaps in the truck. In short, it costs time, and time is money!

Bag it. 

Inevitably, there will be things that just won't go into a box, or don't need to. Pillows, for example. Or, if you empty out your dressers or chests of drawers, bags make great storage tools. Again, the point is to reduce clutter, thereby increasing speed and efficiency.

Break it down. 

We're more than happy to disassemble anything that would best be transported in pieces. Beds, bookshelves, whatever. There is no extra charge for this service, but in the interest of keeping time and costs low, if your bed is disassembled, shelves have been removed (and wrapped in stretch wrap, ideally), etc., all the Truck Buddies will have to do is pick it up and pack it in the truck. Simple!

So that's it in a nutshell. As always, if you just want to discuss how your move can be done in the most efficient manner possible, give us a call!

My Truck Buddy

1 comment:

David said...

that was an informative read. thanks, mind if i share these tips on the louderback moving services blog?