Packing a Moving Van

Moving day can be a pretty chaotic time for everyone involved. It’s packed with seemingly endless details that pop up whenever unanticipated and rife with dozens of obstacles that need to be overcome. However, despite all this, it’s worthwhile to consider how your moving van is packed, since effective organization can actually save a great deal of time and space.

Some of the advantages of this include fewer trips back and forth, as well as lesser overall time spent on loading the van. Moreover, a little pre-packing consideration might even prevent breakable items from being damaged in the process. But if you’re looking for the best way to manage all this, skilled professionals should be able to take care of the packing and moving. Otherwise, if that simply doesn’t fit your budget, here are some ways that efficient packing can be a big benefit on moving day.

Prepare as much as possible

Before the moving day actually arrives, try to have all loose items boxed, wrapped, or stowed ahead of time, because having to pack dishes and clothing on moving day will only add to the chaos, increasing your frustration. While you’re at it, label everything so you won’t have to guess anything once you reach your destination. Before starting with the actual loading, ensure that the path from the house to the truck is free of obstacles and that traffic patterns throughout the premises are clear for the movers.

Once the loading begins, if you have enough helpers, station two of them at the van. They will be responsible for actually packing things inside the vehicle. Meanwhile, get another team of helpers to carry things from the house out to the van.

Load bulky items first

Large appliances and big pieces of furniture should be the first things loaded into the van. Make sure that these are placed along the sides of the walls toward the front. Doing so puts the heaviest objects at the front of the van where it rides the best. Additionally, putting it out of the way while you and your helpers are still relatively fresh makes it a very prudent choice.

Drawers should be removed from large desks and dressers; cushions should be removed from sofas and chairs. It’s a good idea to place some kind of protection like blankets or bubble wrap between furniture pieces to absorb any jostling. Fill in the room between pieces with cushions or boxes.

Loading strategy

All the heaviest items should be at the bottom level, and, starting from the front end (nearest the cab), divide the van into two or three areas and load them from the ground level up to the top before beginning the next level. As you pack, fill in all the spaces between items to secure the load and prevent them from falling over during the ride. It might even be worthwhile to tie down each of these with straps to avoid any in-transit shifting.

Before you close those van doors, make sure that all loose items are secure and that any fragile items are insulated against bumps and breakage by placing soft objects around them. Though it may seem that this strategy requires more time and consideration, you’ll be amazed at how much quicker and how much safer moving day is for your household objects by following these steps.