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How to Pack Your Luton or Removal Van

A do-it-yourself move might mean renting a removal van to get your home from one place to another. If you do use a van or luton, it’s important to load it as efficiently as possible. This will save you time and money by allowing you to rent the smallest size and make the fewest trips possible. It will also save you the extra work and stress of unloading at your new location. Additionally, a properly loaded van can ensure your items are moved without nicks or scratches with good padding and full use of space.
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A Few Tips First

  • Give careful consideration to any fine print regarding insurance on your van rental agreement.
  • Carefully inspect your van or luton prior to finalizing any agreement with a truck rental company and point out any existing dents or scratches.
  • Lutons may come equipped with ramps for loading and unloading. Make sure the ramp is fully extended and locked to the truck before standing or walking on it.
  • Don’t fill boxes any heavier than you can lift, and remember to lift with your knees. Use a dolly as much as you can to reduce stress on your back and knees. Our self storage offices have trolleys available for your use to make moving items to your storage room easier.
  • Distribution of weight should always be on your mind when loading a larger removal can. Keep the heavier items along the walls, leaving the center open for boxes and lighter items. This will make driving your truck easier. Don’t forget to use straps to keep your heavier items held against the walls. 

Channel Your Inner Tetris Champion

When loading your van, try to think in terms of a Tetris or a jigsaw puzzle. Work things around to where they best fit together. This will maximize your space and allow less movement of items while in transit.

Take apart furniture such as tables if possible. Stand your couch on its end. Any space you save in the van will reduce the number of trips you have to make. One mistake many people make when loading is forgetting something that needs to be moved.  

For the best strategizing, try to bring as many items out into the open that you’ll want moved so you can pick and choose items based on size and weight that will fit in best.

Handle With Care

Be aware of your more delicate items. Framed pictures or mirrors should be slipped between mattresses or packed properly before they are loaded.

  • Use mattress covers to keep your bedding clean during moving and while in storage. 
  • Don’t store heavier boxes or items on top of lighter ones.
  • Wrap legs of chairs and tables with bubble wrap. You also don’t want to reach your new home and find all your furniture is torn, scratched, scraped or scuffed up.
  • Use furniture pads to create a barrier for each individual piece of wooden furniture (use plastic stretch wrap for upholstered furniture).
  • Remove drawers from dressers, wrap them individually and place them on top of your stacked boxes.
  • Flat-screen TVs should never, ever, be moved resting on their sides or backs. Wrap your TV, face it against a box and strap it in.
  • Appliances should go onto the truck last, so they can come off and be placed in your new home first.
  • Appliances that use water should be completely drained a day or two ahead of time.
Important Tip: Tape cords to the sides of the appliance to prevent tripping.

Take the time to prep your items, box them up, and organize your removal van strategically. Packing your van the right way will help your items during the move and make the moving in and unpacking process much easier.