Moving soon? Considering moving some of your larger belongings into storage? If so, you’ll likely be looking to hire a moving van in the near future. How you are going to load that van will be one of the last things on your mind as moving day approaches (if it even crosses it). Many people pack everything inside the house into boxes, and then everything (including your furniture) will be hauled outside to be loaded haphazardly, one by one, onto the bed of the moving van. But, is this the best way to do it?
Ostensibly, no. Just as there are many ways to skin a cat, there are many ways to load a moving van. Having said that, like everything in life, there is also a right way and a wrong way to do things. And as you can imagine, there are often more wrong ways than right ones. Here are some tips to keep in mind and mistakes to avoid on the big day.
First, do not load everything onto the truck haphazardly. This is an easy way to waste valuable space in the truck and to ensure that you will be making multiple trips moving your belongings instead of one, well-planned journey. You are much better off taking the extra few minutes planning on how best to load the truck according to your needs. Some people believe that the largest items should be loaded on first, including tables and furniture, followed by boxes which can then “fill in the gaps.” A better way is to load in all the boxes first, followed then by the large pieces of furniture. This is especially helpful when you consider the unloading and “moving in” phase of the move. The large pieces will be taken off the truck first and can then be placed at will inside your new abode without having to step around heavy moving boxes. Not only is it more convenient, it is also safer.
Whichever method you choose, be sure to distribute the weight evenly, and be sure to tie your boxes down, especially if the van isn’t full of objects, to prevent your belongings from sliding around. If you are transporting large pictures or mirrors, a good trick is to slide them between mattresses to protect them from breaking. By following these simple tips, your move to our storage units or to your new home will go much more smoothly.