Tips For Loading
Loading a Moving Truck 101
Loading a Moving Truck correctly is mixture of Math, Science, Art, and Tetris mastery. Hiring professional movers like Wildcat Movers to load your moving truck is always a smart move.
Load Truck In Tiers
One of the most common mistakes when loading moving trucks is placing long furniture (dressers, chest of drawers, mattresses) perpendicular to the front of the truck instead of parallel as seen below
Moving Truck Load Order
The order in which you load items into a Moving Truck is crucial in making sure that your items stay put. There are always exceptions to the rule, but Wildcat Movers has developed the following procedure for successfully loading our Moving Trucks.
Rent Plenty of Pads
Make sure that you rent plenty of pads to protect your furniture in transport.
Buy Straps to Secure Load
Buy a 4 pack of straps to secure your load in the moving truck. You will definitely want to put 1-2 straps on the end of your load to hold it secure in transit. Straps are also very handy to secure tall furniture to the wall of the moving truck
LOAD PLANNING: SWEET SUCCESS
You can’t make the dough if the wheels don’t roll. But taking a loss just to stay busy, or grabbing at high rates only to find yourself with a costly dead head at the end doesn’t make any sense. Sadly it’s more common than you might think, particularly among rookies, which may be one reason only one in ten make it to their second year anniversary in the business.
At TBS Factoring Service, we know what it’s like to run a family business, because we ARE a family business. More than a factor, we want to be your partner in success, which is why we’ve pulled together the best advice we could find on load planning, from successful truckers and industry experts, to help you make money every time rubber meets the road.
Know what you need to succeed
If you don’t know what it costs to run your business you might as well sell the rig and double down on a craps game in Vegas. Are you figuring in your fixed costs – the cost of your trucks and trailers, insurance, parking, license plates, etc.? What about your variable costs in addition to fuel – meals, telephone, tolls, gate fees, loading and unloading, tires, lodging, factor fees, broker fees, taxes, uniforms, laundry, showers, maintenance? Are you paying yourself a salary? You should. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has a nifty Excel spreadsheet you can download for free to help you add everything up and translate the results into a per mile charge to help you find your break-even rate.
Don’t go there . . .
Until you’ve booked a back haul. It happens all the time. You see them there on the load boards, fat juicy rates and a nice long haul – low-hanging fruit. Sometimes it might actually be fruit – say a load of apples bound from Washington to Miami. Tempting, but remember how that turned out for Adam and Eve. What the serpent isn’t saying is that some hauls are like the Hotel California in that old Eagles song, where you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. That low-hanging fruit can go rotten pretty fast if you have to wait days or weeks for a load out. Ask an old warrior for some tricks of the trade. Buy him a cup o’ wake-em-up. It might be the best investment you’ll make in your career.
Fill in the blanks
Idle hands may be the Devil’s workshop, but idle trucks are the Devil himself. The eggheads who make it their business to know such things say the best way to beat the Devil is to create a “freight lane” – a regular route of steady-paying customers, anchored by a “sweet spot” or high-paying run that puts your operation in the black, with a series of profit-enhancing “back-fill” gigs to fill the downtime and lower your fixed cost per mile. OOIDA offers some great business webinars to help you hone your planning skills.
How to Load a Moving Truck the Right
To be able to properly load the moving truck and ensure the safety of your items during transit, you need to prepare well – choose the right size moving truck, make sure you have the necessary tools and equipment, provide the best possible protection to your belongings, take measures to protect your property, clear the way from obstacles, and ask friends to help you lift and carry your household items and load them on the moving vehicle.
When loading the moving van, be sure to distribute the weight of your items evenly throughout the truck and to secure the items as you load
Start with your largest and heaviest items, load the front of the truck first, and work your way toward the back. Load the truck in rows from floor to ceiling and make sure every layer is independently secured. The best way to pack a moving truck is explained in greater details below.
Moving house is known to be hard – and rightly so. Every step of the relocation process has its own challenges and poses its own risks. From the big concerns of finding an appropriate new home and ensuring a smooth transition to your new life, through the emotional turmoil of leaving friends and familiarity behind, to the laborious tasks of packing up your home and putting the necessary paperwork in order, every stage of the process requires careful planning, adequate preparation, and proper execution. A single mistake – even in a seemingly small detail – can cause a lot of trouble and ruin your moving experience
This is all the more true in the event of a self-move when you can’t rely on professional help and need to take care of every single moving task yourself. You need to know how to do things right or you risk turning your move into a relocation nightmare. And since ensuring the safety of your belongings is, arguably, the most essential factor in achieving a successful relocation, you’ll definitely want to know how to provide good protection to your items during transit.
How to Use and Load a Dishwasher the Right Way
A dishwasher is the ultimate labor and energy saving appliance. Cleaning dishes in the dishwasher uses much less energy and water than washing them by hand. But, no matter how top-of-the-line your model is, unless you load it correctly, it can’t do its job (and nothing’s worse than opening the door at the end of the cycle only to find bits of food and water spots that need to be washed or dried away). The best way to load a dishwasher can spark very heated debates in some households and it’s one the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab is often asked to weigh in on. In fact, part of the testing we do when we evaluate the best dishwashers on the market is to see how easy they are to load. After running thousands — yes thousands — of dishwasher cycles, here are our best loading tips to get the best out of your dishwasher.
You can do a pre-rinse, but you probably don’t have to.
Pre-rinse dishes at the sink or choose your dishwasher’s Rinse Only cycle if items are going to sit in the machine all day. Doing so will keep food from drying on and keep odors under control. But if you’re running a cycle right away, just scrape off the food and leave it at that.
Before you load your dishwasher, remember these tips:
Secure all plastics. If you don’t, blasts of water may cause these pieces to flip over and fill with water, or worse, fall onto an exposed heating element (if your model has one) and melt.
Never stack items. The water spray won’t be able to reach (or clean) the dish that’s on top. Our best rule of thumb: If the water can’t reach it, it won’t get clean.
Always separate your stainless steel and silver (or silver-plated) flatware. If the two types touch in the wash, a reaction may occur and the silver could pit.
Bowls and plates go on the bottom rack of the dishwasher.
Lay them so that the dirty side faces where the water spray is strongest, usually the center of the rack. Pots, pans, and casseroles should angle down for the best cleaning results
And utensils should always go in the flatware basket.
You’ll want to make sure spoons don’t nest together, so place some handles up and others down so that all surfaces get washed. Forks go up so the tines get clean, and knives should be placed with the blade down for safety. Be careful when unloading and grab utensils by the handles so they stay clean
Home design: Pack fast, move fast
The inevitable day has come. I’m moving. Again. Next weekend, and for the third time in as many years. This is what happens when you are a live-in home stager
As I pack, I ruminate like Plato on the good question: Why am I doing this? Oh yeah, no mortgage or lease. I have ultimate housing flexibility, and I get to live in really cool houses for a lot less than what I would have to pay if I owned or rented them
The deal sounds cushy until packing day hits. Then the glamour of the gig disappears like the allure of a posh night club when the house lights come on.
So, as I once again bubble-wrap baubles and box books, I give myself this pep talk: “Self,” I say, “as long as I’ve signed on to this vagabond life, I might as well embrace the process, find the Zen in packing and turn moving into a serious sport, where the goal is maximum speed and efficiency, and minimum inconvenience and cost.”
I stiffen my spine, find my most determined inner voice and say: “I am going to become a moving machine!”