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.