The majority of DIY home movers are really interested in knowing how to properly load their rented moving vehicles so that the entire storage space is utilized in the best possible way. The main concern for families who have decided to move on their own still remains the danger of choosing a moving truck with insufficient space for their belongings. To complicate things further, even the right choice of a rental moving vehicle can easily turn out to be a serious problem if the loading process is not done the right way. And believe us, leaving prized possessions behind or being forced to make two trips are two moving scenarios you don’t really want to go through for various reasons.
Everybody knows that when given at the right time, good moving advice can mean the world to stressed home movers, and will prove to be the difference between a successful house move and a disastrous problem-filled relocation. This is why, having already described in details the truck loading process and the way to overcome its challenges, it’s only fair that we say a few words about how to unload a moving truck once you have reached your destination.
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So, read on to learn not only the required steps to unload a moving truck quickly, but also to get familiar with important safety tips and precautionary measures when unloading your moving vehicle.
What to do before unloading a moving truck
You must be truly impatient to just open the truck doors, unload all your possessions, get them inside your new home and start unpacking the boxes. Yes, it’s true that the sooner you unload and unpack your stuff, the sooner you will start getting back to a normal daily routine. However, rushing the unloading process can only lead to unnecessary complications, so make sure to take only one little step at a time.
Here’s what you are expected to do before initiating the process of unloading your moving truck.
- Make sure you have permission to park the moving truck right in front of your new home and reserve a parking space in advance so that you are not unpleasantly surprised when you reach your destination with a large moving truck and no parking spots anywhere near the main entrance of your home.
- Have a good idea of where each of your heavier and bulkier items will go inside your new house or apartment before you unload it from the moving vehicle. The best course of action is to have a reliable floor plan of your new place before the actual relocation. Otherwise, you could lose a great amount of time and nerves figuring out where exactly each furniture piece or household appliance will go.
- Make sure the pathways from the moving vehicle up to the front door are as safe as they can be – that is, clear of any obstacles /debris, overgrown bushes or tree branches, etc./ and dangerous spots /slippery areas, ice, mud, holes, etc./. No obstructions of any kind along the main high traffic areas should be present inside your residence either.
- Protect the interior of your new house from eventual costly property damage the same way you did when you were moving out of your old place. Protect the floors with big pieces of cardboard, carpet film protectors or patches of old blankets, bed sheets or rugs – just about anything to keep possible scratches and dents at bay. Also, think about the wellbeing of your walls, corners, stairs, banisters, and frames.
How long does it take to unload a moving truck?
If you catch yourself wondering how much time it takes to unload a moving truck, then you should know that the answer to that relocation puzzle depends primarily on a few variables, including:
- the number, size and weight of the loaded household items;
- the number and moving experience of the helpers you have for unloading the vehicle;
- the exact distance to the front door of your new home;
- the moving equipment you have available for the unloading operation; and
- the current climatic conditions.
However, as far as the required unloading time of your moving truck, it’s good to know that, under normal and unchanged circumstances, it takes longer to load a moving truck than to unload it. Therefore, if you remember how many hours it took you load the moving van by yourself, then you should be done with the unloading process much faster.
How to unload a moving truck
The moment you are ready with the pre-unloading preparation steps, it’s time to open the truck doors and see what’s waiting for you in there.
- Your first step is to fully extend the loading/unloading ramp that each rental moving truck should be equipped with. Make sure the ramp is dry and in good operating order before using it.
- Speaking of opening the truck doors, do it very slowly and cautiously as certain household items may have shifted during the transportation and could fall out the moment you give them extra room.
- Similar to loading the rented truck, wear, once more, suitable clothes that will give you the necessary freedom of movement, as well as put on your most comfortable shoes that will provide the excellent protection and traction you need.
- If you have followed our truck loading tips, the first items to unload should be the heavy kitchen appliances, followed by your bulky wardrobe boxes (if any). Unload them carefully with the help of a utility dolly and at least three pairs of helping hands. Wheeling heavy household appliances inside an unknown home can be really tricky, so plan out each step in your head before you actually take it.
- Your furniture, disassembled or not, should be unloaded next and taken safely to its designated rooms. If you have any idle helpers, have them unpack the furniture pieces and reassemble them, if they can.
- Next, the properly labeled boxes should be taken out of the truck and carried to their corresponding rooms.
- Don’t forget to remove your moving straps, moving blankets, furniture pads, and anything else you have used to secure your household items during the trip.
- Take one last look around the storage area of your rental truck for forgotten items, close the doors and disengage the loading/unloading ramp.
- Remember to return the moving vehicle clean and with its fuel tank topped up, or else you will run the risk of being charged extra.
- Most importantly, should you run into unloading difficulties and require professional help unloading a moving truck, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced team of movers and save yourself time, property damage, or even possible personal injuries.
- And finally, happy moving truck unloading and household items unpacking!
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