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Smart Packing: What to Take With You and What to Load in the Truck

Couple packing boxes to move.

Moving can be a daunting task, and deciding what to ship and what to pack in a moving truck is a crucial aspect of the process. The choices you make during this stage can impact the efficiency of your move and help you settle into your new home smoothly. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of making those decisions, ensuring a hassle-free move with the help of Half Price Movers.

1. Assess Your Belongings:

The first step in determining what to move yourself and what to put in the moving truck is to assess your belongings. Consider decluttering by getting rid of items you no longer need or use. This not only reduces the cost of your move but also makes unpacking at your new home more manageable.

2. Items to Ship:

Certain items are best moved separately rather than loaded onto a moving truck. These may include:

a. Valuables and Important Documents: Keep valuables such as jewelry, important documents, and irreplaceable items with you. This ensures they remain secure and easily accessible during the move.

b. Perishable Items: If you're moving a significant distance, avoid loading perishable items onto the moving truck. Donate or use up food items and plan to restock at your new location.

c. Plants: Many moving companies have restrictions on transporting plants. Consider giving them away or finding alternative transportation for your green friends. When moving locally, some companies will offer to load plants last into the back of the truck.

3. Items for the Moving Truck:

Once you've identified items to move separately, it's time to decide what goes in the moving truck. This includes:

a. Furniture: Larger items such as sofas, beds, and tables are typically loaded onto the moving truck. Ensure they are properly wrapped and protected to prevent damage during transit. Proper packaging with mover pads and plastic wrap is critical.

b. Appliances: If you're taking appliances with you, such as a refrigerator or washer/dryer, these should go in the moving truck. Make sure they are properly prepared and cleaned out.

c. Non-essential Items: Pack non-essential items that are not overly fragile into the moving truck. This includes clothing, books, and other durable possessions.

4. Labeling and Organization:

To streamline the unpacking process, label your boxes clearly. Mark boxes with fragile items as "FRAGILE" and indicate which room they belong to. This helps Half Price Movers place the boxes in the correct locations at your new home. We recommend using Tagaroom Moving Labels to make this process easier.

5. Coordinate with Half Price Movers:

Communication is key when working with a moving company. Coordinate with Half Price Movers to discuss specific requirements for certain items, any restrictions they may have, and to ensure a smooth and efficient moving process.


By strategically deciding what to move yourself and what goes in the moving truck, you can make your move with Half Price Movers a seamless experience. Take the time to plan, organize, and communicate effectively to ensure your belongings arrive at your new home safely and in good condition. With Half Price Movers by your side, you can look forward to settling into your new space with ease.

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