It’s amazing how much you can pack into a van, but the key lies in knowing how to squeeze as much as you can out of the available space.
Doing this safely and in a way that won’t damage your worldly belongings requires experience, but there are some tried-and-tested methods pretty much anyone can rely on.
If you decide to invest in the services of a removal company, this will be one less worry on your mind, and that’s why we offer this as a service.
But if you want to go it alone, we recommend reading the following tips for packing a van when moving home.
Choose the right van
This might sound obvious, but it’s easy to inadvertently choose the wrong van when moving home.
The best option is to go with a low-loader, which makes packing far easier. A small ramp and sack truck are also incredibly useful for lifting large and heavy items and avoid the need for a tail lift which can take longer and also be a potential finger/foot trap hazard.
Don’t skimp on size, either – a single trip in a van that’s large enough for everything will save lots of time and hassle rather than doing repeated journeys in a smaller vehicle.
Prioritise the load
To make your life one-hundred times easier, start by moving the heavy and bulky items first.
Place this big stuff against the front internal wall of the van and secure it, if required. To do this, use robust ties and make sure they’re fixed securely to the internal walls of the van (note not all vans will come with tie rails).
Also, be aware that you should put things like appliances or other heavy items over the rear wheels if possible to help you spread the load further and take the pressure off the front axles.
Don’t be afraid to layer the load, either – just make sure you put the heaviest items at the bottom.
This gets the hardest job out of the way first and means you can simply fit the smaller items around your big, heavy belongings.
Pack tightly and reduce movement
It’ll take a bit of time to get this right, but try and pack the load as tightly as you can to prevent it from moving around during transit.
Tight packing should reduce movement, but if there are any gaps, you can use chair covers mattresses, and rolled up duvets and pillows to both cushion the movement and prevent damage to items during transit.
Remember the little things
It’s easy to forget the little tips and tricks when packing a van, but in doing so, you may cause unwanted damage to your belongings.
For instance, it’s a great idea to cover the legs of chairs and tables in bubble wrap or wrapping blankets (we regularly supply these). This will not only protect those pieces of furniture, but also prevent scratches to anything they’re packed next to. You can do the same with your TVs to ensure they’re fully protected.
Also, remember to turn your drawers outwards against the side of the van if there’s nothing around them to ensure they don’t fall out while you’re on the road. The same goes for appliances which might contain water; make sure they’re fully drained before loading onto the van.
Another great tip is to put glass items between mattresses. Just remember that’s where you put them when unloading!
Lastly – remember to keep your kettle, tea bags, and milk somewhere easily accessible to help you at the other end!
Don’t worry – we totally understand. Moving home is stressful enough without having to safely pack (and unpack!) a van yourself.
So, if you’re still unsure, why not lean on the expertise and experience of the Squab team?
We’ll ensure your belongings, furniture, and valuables get to your new home safely. Just get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help you.