How To Ensure That Items Loaded Into The Vehicle Will Not Tip Over Or Break In Transit
To ensure that your items arrive safely while moving to a new house, you should pack them with care. Be especially careful not to overstuff boxes and do seal them properly. Once the movers drive off, on their way to the new place, anything can happen. If the ride gets bumpy, some items will grind into each other. Your loading standards come to test here. If you did not fasten heavy equipment to the sides of the truck, the items could tip over.
In the first phase, we shall focus on protecting your belonging from breakage during transit. The second looks at securing luggage from tipping over.
Gather enough protective supplies
Gather up or buy enough moving boxes. Go for a variety of sizes depending on items in your house. Also procure protective materials such as bubble wraps, packing peanuts, newsprint and moving blankets. These things are essential as you shall use them to pack glasses, decorations, ornaments and any fragile stuff.
Wrap furniture safely
To enhance safety and prevent breakage of fragile furniture pieces, wrap them with towels, blankets, sleeping bags or comforters. Get a decent supply of these packing materials. While packing, focus on the edges of glass or wooden tabletops as well as other surfaces. Buy additional furniture padding material without relying on what the moving company provides.
Other fragile possessions
Wrap glassware, dishes and other breakable utensils in newsprint or packing paper before putting them in boxes. As you arrange them in cartons, put a generous amount of padding in-between leaving no room for knocking against each other. You can also use kitchen towels to separate dishes just to keep them from grinding against each other.
Guidelines for securing your belongings from tipping over
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Beds and tables
Disassemble them to reduce their size. Set the tabletop and bed frames against the truck’s walls when you load into the vehicle. Afterwards, arrange packing boxes such that there is no space between them and items on the walls.
Remove all books and shelves. Once the bookshelf is in the truck, put boxes in the space otherwise occupied by books. By utilizing that area, you not only create room for other items but also add weight that keeps the bookshelf from tipping over.
Use straps extensively
Moving companies modify their trucks to allow for strapping of household items. Make full use of these by securing your items with packing straps. Instead of tying up everything at the end, strap the goods in layers.
By wrapping furniture and delicate items with padding material, you ensure that they will not break during transportation. To prevent tipping over when the mover’s van hits a bump or drives on a rough stretch set table tops and bed frames against the vehicle’s sides. Fill bookshelves with all the small boxes that can fit into that space. Finish the task by fastening up your things several layers at a time.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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