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A U-Pack self-move is a great method to conserve money moving, without the tension of driving a rental truck throughout the country. U-Pack delivers a moving trailer or moving container right to your door. You fill it.



Before you start carrying boxes up the ramp or into the ReloCube ®, there are a couple of things you'll require to know to make sure your personal belongings take a trip to your destination safely and firmly.

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Products You Need.



Moving Blankets and/or Paper Padding.

Little Stretch Wrap and Large Stretch Wrap.

Mattress and Furnishings Covers.

Loading Tape.

Tarp or plastic sheeting.

Moving Straps.

Rope, cog straps, bungee cables, or other types of tie-downs.

Work Gloves.

Step-stool or smaller sized ladder.

" Filler" products (e.g. pillows, stuffed animals, clothing, linens, etc. in bags.



Preparing To Load.



You'll find that pre-planning how you'll fill decreases loading time and tiredness. And, simply as important, it guarantees your valuables travel more secure.



Location everything you can within similar-size moving-grade boxes (rather than "grocery store" boxes or plastic totes). Moving boxes were created for easy "squaring-off," which assists preserve the integrity of the load as products are stacked on top.

Ensure all boxes are labeled with their contents and location room location.

Wrap all unboxed products in paper padding, plastic stretch wrap or furniture pads.

Wrap upholstered furnishings with self-adhering plastic wrap, paper cushioning or furnishings pads to protect from soil and leaks.

Wrap wood or metal furniture with moving pads or paper padding. Pay unique attention to legs and corners.

Wrap mirrors, large framed pictures and marble table tops in lots of paper padding or furnishings pads.

Use cling wrap or packaging tape to secure moving pads or paper cushioning to furniture (making sure not to put tape directly on furnishings).

Be generous with padding to prevent scratches, gouges, and damaged items.

Dismantle furniture such as cooking area tables, home entertainment centers, bed frames, headboards, footboards, and dresser mirrors.

Furnishings made of particle board is more susceptible to harm when shipped put together. When traveling in a moving truck (which is why manufacturers deliver disassembled), it is not developed to withstand the regular stresses that take place. While it is much safer to move this kind of furniture dismantled, it can be less strong after being taken apart and reassembled.

Wrap bed rails or disassembled table legs and roll them into big rugs or carpets.

Get rid of shelves from bookcases, armoires, and so on, and wrap them independently (if removable).

Get rid of hardware, screws, parts, etc., from furnishings, place them in a sealable bag and tape to the back of furnishings or inside a drawer.

Prior to moving day, measure entrances to determine the finest door to move large furnishings out of.

Get rid of all food from refrigerators/freezers.

Defrost refrigerators/freezers 24-48 hours prior to filling.

Hang a bag of charcoal or coffee beans/grounds inside refrigerator/freezer to prevent "moldy" odors.

Detach water/ice-maker lines and tape the cord to the back of the refrigerator/freezer.

Prevent tipping your refrigerator/freezer on its side as this can cause damage to the compressor.

Drain pipes all water from washing makers 24 hours prior to filling. Avoid doing a load of laundry the day of the relocation.

Tip the washing maker backward to drain pipes as much water as possible.

Place tubes from washer or dryer in a plastic bag and put them inside the system.

Pack trays/glass racks from microwaves and refrigerators inside a moving box.



Packing Your Products.



Ensure you have an obstacle-free path from the door to the moving trailer/ReloCube.

Lay a tarp or cling wrap on the flooring of the trailer to protect versus dust/dirt.

Designate one or two people to stay on the truck while the others are carrying items. They will be accountable for stacking and loading whatever firmly.

Begin by filling into the front of the truck (near the cab) and work your way towards the back.

Stack items from floor to ceiling, putting heavy items on the bottom and lighter products on the top.

Develop 2'-- 3' tiers as you are loading. Each tier must be close to the top of the trailer/ReloCube ceiling before beginning the next tier.

" Square" the load by developing a flat surface with boxes. This makes each level simpler to stack.

Load items tight, like a jigsaw puzzle-- all area needs to be filled to avoid moving in transit. Usage "fillers" for any open space.

Connect each tier off with cog straps/rope, etc. to secure.

Load the biggest, heaviest furniture and home appliances initially (against the walls to help disperse the weight evenly throughout the truck). The sofa/loveseat ought to be positioned on end if possible. If the legs are not detachable, point them toward the wall and pack "fillers" in the space in between the wall and the sofa/loveseat (don't forget to cover each product).

Remove cushions from the sofa and wrap or location in plastic bags.

Place covered images and mirrors upright between bed mattress.

Location wrapped headboards and footboards in between bed mattress (not the same mattress your pictures/mirrors are in between).

Remove drawers and contents of drawers before moving desks, cabinets or cabinets. Once the products are filled on to the truck, replace the drawers and secure with self-adhesive cling wrap.

Make certain items that could possibly trigger damage are not loaded against material or wood furnishings. For example, a piece with protruding metal might pierce a sofa or mattress.

Prevent loading thin-legged tables on bottom; they may not have the ability to manage the weight of products loaded on top.

Avoid packing the feet of a product directly on top of a finished piece of furnishings; this might damage or puncture the finish.

Prevent filling furniture against other furniture or truck walls without appropriate cushioning (furniture pads, paper pads, cardboard, etc.).

Load the heaviest and largest boxes initially. Place them on top of appliances and furniture and fill any cavities underneath tables, desks and chair seats.

Stack lighter boxes on top of heaver boxes.

Location fragile items or awkward shaped products on last and safe and secure firmly (ensure they're significant "vulnerable").

Place light-weight loose items like plastic plants, small rolled up carpets, bundled brooms and mops, etc. on top.

Rolled up carpets, bags of linens, etc., can be used to help fill void locations.

Keep gas ran products like lawn mowers, weed eaters, etc., on the truck floor, covered with tarp or plastic sheeting and far from material products (after you drain flammable fluids).

When moving motorbikes, riding mower or little ATVs utilize strong cog straps to secure the items and ensure they remain in location throughout transit. We advise nailing wood blocks into the trailer floor for added bracing if moving in a trailer. All fuel must be totally drained pipes.

Usage cog straps/rope/cord, and so on, throughout the process to keep items safe in protected. While strapping everything in at the end is necessary, it's simply as crucial to protect the items as you load. • Make sure you have an obstacle-free route from the door to the moving trailer/ReloCube.





Safeguarding Yourself While You're Packing.



While there are definitely things you can do to guarantee your personal belongings travel safely to your new home, you'll also wish to guarantee an injury-free moving day. Share the ideas listed below with anybody preparation to assist with loading or unloading your shipment.



Have someone offered to assist raise heavy products. Do not exaggerate it. If you need to strain to carry the load, it's too heavy.

If you need assistance with loading or unloading, ask your U-Pack representative; we can help!

If you have heavy products, Loading a moving truck think about utilizing a dolly.

Avoid wearing clothing that may get snagged while carrying furniture out of entrances and into the moving truck.

Use leather gloves when dealing with big, heavy things with sharp edges (you'll require these for setting up the trailer ramp and bulkhead, too. See U-Pack's ramp set-up and ramp elimination guidelines and bulkhead installation instructions).

Wear resilient, helpful shoes with a great grip (prevent shoes or open-toed shoes).

Rate yourself. If you have a lot to move, take little breaks throughout the procedure.

Make certain you can see where you're strolling.

Prevent strolling on slippery, irregular surfaces.

Bend your knees-- not from your waist-- when picking up and setting down objects.

Always lift with your legs and not with your back.

Keep your back as straight and vertical as possible-- don't arch your back or reach out for an object.

Get a firm footing before getting a heavy object (parting your feet and putting one foot slightly in front of the other helps give you good balance).

When lifting, stand close to the item with your feet shoulder-width apart, elbows tucked in, and chin down.

Use smooth and slow movements.

Keep your body facing the things while you raise it-- prevent twisting.

Attempt to bring the things in the area in between your shoulder and waist; this puts less pressure on your back.

When utilizing a dolly, ensure the blades are focused and totally under the load.

Constantly stroll with the dolly in front of you and keep the load well balanced, with much heavier products on the bottom.

Avoid packing items onto the dolly higher than chest-level.

When going up or down the ramp or steps, have a second person help support the item.

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