Moving to Beacon Hill? Moving Tips For Beacon Hill Condos & Apartments

Moving trucks are convenient but can be dangerous if they’re packed or driven incorrectly. These tips will show you how to load a moving truck and drive it with ease to your new Boston Beacon Hill condo or Beacon Hill apartment.


There’s a lot to think about when you rent a moving truck. How large of a truck will you need? What paperwork do you need to secure the rental? How do you pack the truck efficiently and safely? These frequently asked questions are at the heart of what our customers want to know when they use our moving trucks for free.

Luckily, we know how to load a moving truck like a pro, and we also know how to get you from A to B without a hitch. Below are some helpful moving truck tips to consider before, during and after the move. We’ll first discuss the planning stage, then get into packing and finally, how to drive a moving truck.

What’s required to rent a moving truck?

1. Have your license and form of payment ready to go.

When renting a moving truck you need a valid licensed drivers license. The driver of the truck will need to bring a current driver’s license, a valid insurance card, and a credit card or cash deposit.

2. Know how much you’re storing or transporting.

Remember that it’s better to say you’re going to store more and not end up using that space, than to say you need a small truck and end up needing more space – or dangerously overloading your rental.

3. Figure out how much time you’ll need the rental.

Time management is key in this process. Moving trucks are assigned to specific time slots, so find out your location’s store hours and plan out how long you will need. You don’t want late fees if you happen to return later than you should. Planning and efficient moving are vital to staying on schedule.

4. Write out a checklist.

Ensuring a smooth and seamless moving truck rental process involves more than simply driving and handing the truck in. Make sure you’ve got the following on your radar:

  • Plan a route. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the route you’re taking and have your cellphone or GPS device ready for directions.
  • Fill up the tank. The moving truck (or van) will have a full gas tank when you pick it up – just make sure you replace what you use before returning it.
  • Set up the right moving insurance. Accidents do happen. Movers insurance varies from state to state, but a collision damage waiver is available so you can save yourself truck repair costs in the case of an accident.

How do I pack a moving truck?

Have a plan for moving heavier items into the truck first.

For a successful move, you want to be methodical with how you load the moving truck. Depending on the number of items, this isn’t a difficult process but can take a little planning. Resist the urge to send all your helpers into the house and have them randomly toss in boxes to the truck.

1. Consider these three factors.

  • Maximize the space given to you
  • Protect your valuable items
  • Restrict the movement of items in the vehicle as much as possible

2. Designate someone as the moving truck organizer.

Have some people moving boxes and furniture to the outside of the truck. Have another person that stays with the moving truck and is in charge of organizing it. They will sort items by their weight and delicateness. Give this person the following guidelines.

3. Follow these packing guidelines.

  • Use clean and sturdy boxes for your items.
  • Load large items first to ensure you have enough space to move around.
  • Distribute weight evenly so the truck is easy to control while driving.
  • Use packing straps throughout the process to keep items safe and secure.
  • Protect your furniture with moving blankets and other barriers

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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