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Loading Your Removals Van Effectively

The actual packing of a removals van will usually be left to the removals team themselves, and you will not likely have to deal with it directly. However, there is a lot to be said for getting a good idea of how to go about these things, in case you have an emergency and have to do things that you were not expecting to have to. All in all, it is a great thing to know as much about the removal as possible, as then you will be well equipped to get the whole job right, having discussed the finer points with the removals team. If you are thinking about doing the removal yourself with a team of friends, rather than employing a removals company, then it is advisable that you consider your options extremely carefully, as a guide read online about how to pack a van appropriately will pale in comparison to the years of experience that a removals team will usually have had. Either way, you should be clued up on the date and effective way in which to do things throughout the removal, so have a look over the following guide for packing the removals van. When you think about the overall van or lorry load, the main thing that you are looking for is stability, as well as efficient use of space.

You want to get everything on to as few vehicles as possible, and this means tight packing, but you need the items to be safe, which means that you should keep the load low, with a well spread centre of gravity. The facto of the matter is that this is a difficult combination, and you do need to have a good eye for what is in the house before you start making decisions on when things should be put in the van. Essentially the order of loading should start with the largest and heaviest, and end with the smallest and lightest. Simply put, this is because the smaller and lighter items will be a lot easier to put in to the van at the last minute, than if you realize that you have forgotten to put a sofa in there, and find that the only space is on top of everything else.

When loading in the largest and heaviest items, they will usually go towards the front of the vehicle. This makes sense, as braking sharply will put a lot more strain on the load in terms of forward momentum than accelerating will in terms of backwards momentum. So, you would prefer the smaller lighter things be pushing on the heavy items, than vie versa, no? With this in mind however, you should still use the heaviest items as a way to lock things together, and to ensure that nothing is able to slide about inside the van. There will often be load bearing bars and straps that you can also use to prevent things from moving. Unless you have no choice, you should lay tall things down so that they have a wider centre of gravity. If you can imagine a wardrobe in a moving vehicle, it is better off lying down with things on top of it, than standing up, at risk of toppling over and crushing everything else. Be sure that you don’t load the areas that are weak with too much stuff however, as some parts of heavy items like wardrobes can be surprisingly weak, and need to be avoided.

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