Remove doormats and other obstacles. Cover floors and banisters with protective coverings. Give children a disposable camera, and let them document the move themselves. Keep your pet calm and away from the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch your pet at their house.
Remember to “squat” when handling heavier items and lift them with your knees, not your back. Ask for help with anything that tests your limits.
If you have a sizable shipment and/or heavy items, you will want to consider renting a ramp and appliance dolly. Both can typically be rented at reasonable rates, and the additional cost is worth reduced wear and tear on your body.
Check your yellow pages under “rental equipment” or “rental stores and yards.”
Make sure your ramp is sturdy and is securely in place. An unsafe or improperly used ramp can cause serious injury to you and damage to your goods.
Loading in a pre-planned “smart” order will greatly reduce loading time and fatigue. It will also ensure a safer ride for your belongings.
Start with heavy appliances and load them on the floor against the front wall of the trailer. Continue by loading heavier items toward the front of the trailer and on the floor. Save the space above for lighter items.
Long pieces, such as sofas, can be stood on end and anchored by other large heavy items. This greatly reduces the “footprint” of what is normally a significant space taker.
Load lighter items and boxes marked “fragile” on top and properly secure them. Load all items as tightly as possible to reduce shifting, rubbing and puncturing during transit. Be generous with blankets and padding, and place cardboard under anything that may be scuffed or soiled by riding directly on the floor of the trailer. Load mattresses and upholstered furniture up off of the floor. Remember to use bagged pillows, stuffed animals and furniture cushions as well as additional paper and cardboard to fill all gaps and spaces.
If necessary, you may use blocks and braces throughout the loading process. These can be nailed to the floor of the trailer and are helpful in preventing shifting. You can also use screw in hooks and eyes to assist in tying down your shipment. As a final step, you will want to protect your shipment from becoming dusty by covering it with large sheets of plastic. Plastic sheets are cheap, easy to find and definitely worth purchasing for extra protection.
Once everything is loaded and secured, you will install a plywood wall or “bulkhead.” This critical final step must be made with care. The bulkhead is used to prevent the stuff from flying out the back or shifting. Real movers may use one or two of these in a load
Place pictures in boxes between sheets and blankets to give them added protection. Defrost fridge and freezer. Set aside jewelery, cash, and documents that you will be moving personally. Attach “do not remove” tags to goods that you intend to leave behind. Set aside your personal luggage and any other items (e.g., children’s favourite toys) that you will be moving personally. For the comfort of your children, it is often helpful to have them stay with a friend or relative during the delivery process. Turn furnace down, or off. Shut and lock all windows and doors.