Stacking Boxes/Crates In The Truck Safely
When it comes to moving and storage, you are better of safe than sorry. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that all the boxes and crates going into the truck are stacked the right way. Not only will doing that save on space but also ensure that the boxes are stable during the move so they won’t fall and break your stuff. This guideline will help you to stack crates and boxes the right way in the truck to ensure everything goes smoothly during the move.
Separate fragile and non-fragile items
The most important rule of thumb when packing stuff in boxes is to label everything correctly. Separating fragile items and labeling them accordingly will enable the movers to treat those items as such and stack them separately. When it comes to loading the truck, boxes that contain non-fragile items should go in first then followed by those with fragile items which should be stacked on top of everything else.
Start with heavy boxes
The heaviest boxes should not sit on top of the light ones because the weight will crush the one beneath. It also doesn’t make sense to stack a larger box on top of a smaller one. While big boxes aren’t necessarily the heaviest ones, you should try to match the size and the weight for stacking purposes. However, if one of the big or heavy boxes contains fragile items, be sure to put it aside because you should not place other stuff on top of fragile items.
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Ensure the top of every box is flat
The reason why you must seal all the boxes with tape is to ensure that the top is flat. That said, you must never over-fill any box to a point where it’s bulging open. It is impossible to safely stack boxes or crates where the top is not flat because if you place something on top it will slide right off.
Pack one room at a time
Chances are boxes that came from one room will still go into the same room even in the new house. To avoid any confusion, pack every room at a time and stack the boxes for that room together. When it comes time to unload the truck, the boxes from that room will be removed from the truck together and taken to each room.
Use a fence
The term fence when it comes to stacking boxes and crates refers to something that can hold the stack in place and prevent it from falling when the truck is on the move. This fence can be anything from a couch or any other piece of furniture. Be sure to take out some boxes first before you remove the fence when it comes to unloading.
It goes without saying that you should not stack too many boxes together as that will increase the likelihood of them falling. Take safety precautions when stacking boxes and always ensure everything is stable before leaving.
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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