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Unloading and Unpacking a Moving Truck


So you have arrived at your new home and see the light at the end of the tunnel, but you are not completely done with your move. Moving is not only about packing and transporting your household goods. The process of unloading and unpacking needs organizing too. The good news is the unloading and unpacking task is not as tiring as it may seem. If there is no one to help with unloading, you may want to hire local movers to unload large and heavy items. If your children are big and strong enough or you have extra help, these tips for unloading your rental truck will help to reduce the stress.

First of all, decide the places in your new home where you want the furniture to be placed before unloading the truck. If possible try to unload appliances and large furniture first as it would give you good idea about how the setting of other things would go about. Remove all shelves and drawers from your dressers before moving them; it will be a lot easier and lighter. Tie down the cabinet doors so they're not swinging open into doorways and squashing your fingers. Before moving any large furniture, first measure the doorways and make sure that the piece will go through. It will likely save you some time and smashed knuckles.

If possible, place boxes in the rooms that they belong to; this will make unpacking process much easier. If you have small children, try to keep them busy in their rooms. Let them unpack some of their clothes and toys. This way they are not under your feet when you are moving heavy furniture. Lots of boxes and furniture all over your new home may overwhelm you but the most important thing to remember is not to get stressed out.


Once everything is unloaded into your new home, you may feel frustrated by the stacks of boxes surrounding you but the unpacking is the last thing to do. It is always better to start unpacking the next day after unloading. Remember that you don't have to unpack all boxes in one day.

First unpack the boxes that are needed right away. Food, bathroom essentials and clothes may be on top of your list. Hook up all major appliances, such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer, if it hasn't been hooked up already. If you have gas appliances, such as dryer and stove, it is recommended to call a professional. Inappropriate hook-up of gas appliances may result in gas leak.

It is always a good idea to unpack the things for kitchen, especially if there are children in the household to avoid problems with meals. It's easier to wipe down shelves before placing your belongings. Plan where to place certain items. For example, put all dishes and glassware in the cupboards above your dishwasher, coffee cups above the coffee pot and so on. Deciding what goes where before unpacking will save you lots of time in the long run. Items that you won't use immediately can be set aside for some time and unpacked later.

The bathrooms should be the next task. Make sure to hang shower curtains, unpack toiletries and put toilet paper and soap in place. Check to make sure that bathrooms' mechanical systems are functioning.

Then you may start unpacking your living room and bedroom boxes. Make a layout of your rooms, it will help you to figure out the layout for furniture. After unpacking and setting major large items, you may start decorating the rooms giving the final touch of completeness to the house.

Get rid of the things that you don't need anymore if you have not already done so. There is no point in keeping junk that you are not going to use and getting rid of it will be a big relief!

As all boxes are unpacked, take inventory of your goods to make sure nothing has been lost or broken. If you used a moving company and there are broken or damaged items, make sure to inform them as soon as possible for insurance claims.

Usually, the last task is the garage. Don't just throw everything in the garage. Unpack your boxes and put your goods in orderly fashion, so that you can easily found them later.

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