05 December 2014
Tips For Packing The Moving Van
If you’re decided to go with the removal van hire option and take care of your own furniture removals, these tips on how to successful pack a moving truck could be your saviour! For small removals hiring a moving van and taking care of your own relocation can save you an absolute fortune and if you’re meticulous and organised, then there’s no reason why your moving house shouldn’t be a smooth and hassle free experience. Here are some tips on how to pack and load your moving van to make sure all your belongings arrive safely and undamaged at your new abode, whether that be one mile or 100 miles away!Loading your moving van is not just about speed and getting it all squeezed tightly in there. You need to consider not just the loading process, but what will ease the unloading of all your belongings once you arrive at your new location! You don’t want to a do a botch job of loading the van in a hurry, as this could mean delays when it comes to getting all your items off the truck on the other end of the journey. That’s why organisation is key to successfully packing and loading your moving van. It’s true when they say ‘patience is a virtue’!You’re best bet is to first move the largest and heaviest times, which will mean the fridge, washing machine etc. These times should be moved using a trolley with wheels. One important point to remember when moving your fridge is that it must not be tipped on its side during a move, as this could shift certain filaments out of place and then you’ll need to call in the pros for a fridge repair! So load your fridge in upright position onto the moving trolley. Keep these items against the far end of the moving van closest to the cab and place other items in between to stop them from moving. Make sure they are tightly packed, but with sheeting in between to avoid scratching their surfaces. For wooden furniture, like bed frames, dining tables or wall units and shelving make sure you use furniture padding to protect them from indentations and scratches or even scuff marks. When you hire your removal van, ask the moving company to provide you with padding. You will be charged for this, but it works out cheaper than having to buy a new oak kitchen table!Once you’ve loaded the heavy and bulky items onto the removal truck, you should load up mattresses, mirrors and sofas and place them against the longest walls of the truck. This will keep them upright as well as save on space. Use mattress covers to protect your mattresses from gathering dust and grime. If you can obtain some plastic sheeting use it to wrap your sofas. This protective covering will make sure your upholstered sofa is not ripped. It’s also important before loading on bed frames, desks etc, to disassemble them and tape the pieces of furniture from one item together. A good idea is to wrap any floor lights in rolled up carpets, which should always be placed on the van floor. Use plastic sheeting to protect the carpets.Then you’ll need to load the largest and heaviest boxes. Make sure they don’t contain any fragile items, as you’ll be placing the lighter boxes on top of these in a stacking fashion. After stacking if you find you have space between the boxes and the van’s roof fill these spaces with cushions or padding, to keep the boxes firmly in place. The final items you should load onto the moving truck are bags containing clothes or linens, which you can stuff into open spaces. And there you have it! The most effective and efficient, timesaving way to pack a moving van!