How to Load a U-Box Moving and Storage Container
Loading a U-Box container is a lot like a game of Tetris. You’ll want to back everything in tightly using blankets, towels and/or furniture pads to fill the gaps - doing this will prevent things from shifting and knocking into each other.
To make sure you pack and load you container correctly follow through with these instructions and tips.
Before loading your U-Box container you’ll want to do a few things:
- Drain water connections from appliances
- Drain gas and other fluids from lawnmowers, weed eaters and/or motorcycles
- Label all your boxes with room names for easier unpacking/unloading
- Use furniture pads to wrap pieces of furniture you don’t want getting scratched
- Use mover’s wrap or tape to secure the furniture pads
- Rent an appliance dolly and/or a utility dolly
- Purchase tie-down rope to secure the loads
U-Box Packing Tips
- Your U-Box will come with 24 furniture pads. If you would rather not use blankets and towels as added protection, rent additional furniture pad at a U-Haul store or buy them online.
- Rent an appliance dolly and/or a utility dolly.
- Purchase tie-down rope to secure the loads.
- Use a specialty box or furniture pads to pack fragile items, like frames mirrors or TVs.
Loading a U-Box Container
- Begin at the back of the container and work your way forward.
- You’ll want to place heavy items on the floor of the box and evenly distribute their weight, so plan accordingly as you’re loading.
- Use furniture pads between the floor and wall of the container to protect non boxed items.
- Create wall-like layers as you load. When you complete one, tie off the section using tie-down rope.
- When loading TVs place the screen side of the TV box against a furniture pad or other cushioned surface.
- Remove the legs of chairs and tables to maximize space.
- As you’re loading remember to fill the gaps with furniture pads, blankets or cushions.
- Stabilize moving parts of furniture or equipments.
- Use the space in drawers to fill with other belongings.
- Continue to evenly distribute the heaviest items. Make sure these aren’t all place on the same end or side.
- Extremely heavy items like safes or tool boxes should be loaded in the center of the box.
- Finally, if you have furniture with wheels be sure to lock these prior to loading.
Items You CANNOT load in the container:
- Hazardous materials or explosives, like tanks of butane of propane
- This includes tanks and bottles certified as empty, but still under pressure
- Perishable articles like food
- Liquids of any kind
- Living plants or animals
- Legal documents and articles you may need during transport like a passport, visa or medication
As you’re loading keep in mind you’ll need to be flexible at times and move things around to get the best fit - doing this will guarantee your load in packed even and tight.
If you feel this task is too daunting, know that you can always hire Moving Help® loading service to assist you.