How To Load Guide From AQMS National

How to Load, Moving Santa Clarita

Intro to Loading

Pre-Move Tasks
- Verify that all packing is completed
- Double check the address and the directions
- Park the truck on the street – most driveways are not prepared to handle trucks

Wrapping & Padding
- Furniture Pads
- Warehouse Pads
- Skins or Moleskins
- Paper Pads

Furniture & Warehouse Pads
- looks like a large quilt
- Two sided: two colors
- Used to protect fine furniture and appliances during transport

Paper Pads
- Mostly used on storage shipments
- Adds a protective layer to furniture
- Used specifically on non-wood surfaces

Furniture Wrapping
- Diaper Wrapping
- Main Uses
- Chairs
- Small pieces of furniture

Tuck Wrapping
- Use on large pieces of furniture

Stretch Wrapping
- Used on overstuffed or upholstered furniture before padding it
- Do not use for items that are damp
- Do not use for items that will be in storage for long periods of time

Disassembly and Preparation

Disassembling Tables
- Place furniture pad on floor
- Turn table upside down onto furniture pad
- Remove each leg
- Mark the leg and the corner of the table with a number for reassembly
- Put all hardware in either hardware bags or tape to the underside of the table
- Wrap the table and the legs for safe shipment
- Use stretch or shrink wrap to protect
- Carefully secure all skirts or loose fabrics before shrink/stretch wrap
- Put all loose cushions on the seat before beginning to shrink wrap

Preparing Televisions for transport
- Carefully wrap the cords
- Extra padding for the screen if necessary
- Fully protect the screen and cabinet

Preparing a Flat Screen TV
- Plasma TV’s are EXTREMELY delicate
- Use original packing containers if available
- Never lay flat – it must be kept upright
- Carefully pad wrap before placing in a carton or solid crate

Preparing Rugs for transport
- Always roll – DO NOT fold
- Never tape edges
- Use moth protection if to be stored for long periods of time

Preparing Washers/Dryers for transport
- Turn off water to the washer
- Remove the hoses, wrap and place inside
- Remove all dials and knobs from the front, paper wrap and place in washer
- Insert washer lock

Preparing Refrigerators and Freezers
- Appliances should be defrosted and turned off
- Remove all shelves and accessories
- Wrap these in paper and place back in the appliance
- Wrap the electric cord and secure it to the appliance


Lifting Louie: Tips for Moving Heavy Items
- DO NOT lift anything heavy alone
- Plan before you lift
- Think about your grip
- How many people are necessary
- How and where you will move with the piece of furniture
- Lift with your legs not your back

How to Lift Heavy Furniture
- Purchase a back brace (first and foremost)
- Utilize a team Moving method
- Squat and grip the bottom of the piece
- bend your knees, with ease.
- Lean partially into the piece
- Lift at the same time (keep your back straight at all times)

How to Lift Heavy Furniture Using a Dolly
- Always do it as a team
- Ease the item away from you slowly
- Have one person control the base while the other tips it
- Ease the dolly underneath the item slowly
- Once the item is stabilized, move cautiously about

Preparing to move Freezers or Refrigerators
- Be sure water/gas lines are disconnected
- If not, hire a handy man to help do this professionally (Safety Hazard)
- Double check to be sure the appliance is dry and defrosted (prior to moving)
- Remove the kick plate and drip pan (easily damaged during the move)
- Wrap and secure the shelving units before packing and Moving

How to Use an Appliance Dolly
- Pull the appliance from the wall, utilize the wheels if such applies
- Secure the cord to the side/back with tape
- Choose a side for the padded appliance dolly
- Place the lip of the dolly DEEP beneath the side of the appliance
- Ease the item back onto the dolly
- Drape a furniture pad over the front of the appliance
- Tighten the dolly strap before Moving
- One person steady the dolly from behind and pull back on the dolly
- Another person should help move the appliance onto the dolly from the front

Stacking Your Tiers

Building Tiers
- What is this 'tier'?
- A tier is a carefully manipulated stack of cartons/furniture/and other items

Building a Tier (Stacking your items)
- Heavy items on the bottom
- Medium items in the middle
- Light items on top

Planning your tiers (The manner in which you stack items during your move)
- Think about your tiers as you prepare to load the Moving truck
- Plan the tier to be the same width from bottom to top
- If a tier must lean, plan it to lean toward the front of the Moving truck
- Load from the front to back of the truck

Tips for Good Tiers while Moving
- Items with drawers, load the drawers toward the front of the Moving truck
- Load cartons in the most practical upright position
- Begin with bulk tier and work your way to stronger tiers
- Load all available space like the area under desks

Here is a list of some of the local cities we serve. Culver City, Westwood, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Koreatown, Santa Clarita, Burbank, Pasadena, Covina, Arcadia, Glendora, Alhambra, Inglwood, Monterey Park, Downey, Redondo Beach, San Fernando Valley, Woodland Hills, Calabasas, West Hills, Van Nuys, Sun Valley, Northridge, Valencia, Newhall, Canyon Country, Aliso Viejo,  Anaheim, Anaheim Hills

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