With the frenzy that moving causes, sometimes we haphazardly throw stuff into a vehicle and jam things in a moving van then later find that not everything fits or some things can easily get damaged and have to rearrange everything again. It’s best to plan things out before putting things in a moving vehicle so that your material possessions are put into a moving vehicle in an organized manner. This way everything will fit nicely and fragile things can be unharmed during the move. Below lists an outline of how you can organize your things in a vehicle.
1. Check the size of your moving vehicle. Make sure there is enough room to fit your material possessions. You might need a second vehicle if you have a lot of stuff.
2. If there are a lot of people helping with the move like four people, two can be responsible for arranging the furniture and other things inside the moving vehicle.
3. Loading should start at the front of the moving vehicle. Bigger and heavier furniture and boxes should be placed first and the smaller or lighter things put above them filling the vehicle from bottom to top. Just like the illustration of the jar with the sand, it’s harder to put bigger objects in the jar after the sand has been put in. It’s easier to put larger objects in the jar first then the sand in afterwards will fill any empty spaces. Likewise, it’s so much easier to fill a moving vehicle with the larger pieces of furniture and boxes first then the smaller and lighter items afterwards.
4. Some pieces might need to be tied down with straps to prevent movement during transport. Fillers like old blankets should be put in between spaces to provide cushioning and to prevent furniture from hitting each other.
5. Dressers should have the drawers wrapped securely in place so that they don’t slide out during transport. Don’t use moving tape or anything too sticky to secure the drawers as the tape can peel the varnish or paint of the dresser and its drawers. Plastic wrap is fine for the job.
6. Have couches and mattresses standing on their sides with the legs of the couches against the wall for more space. If the legs of the couches can’t be taken off, you can pack stuff there if there is enough space to put stuff between the legs of the couches. Take off the cushions of the couches and wrap them in plastic. The cushions can also be placed in an area that needs added protection.
7. In between mattresses, slide in prepared and packed mirrors or other big framed pictures or paintings for extra protection. Make sure there are no sharp edges or anything jutting out that can damage furniture or boxes.
8. Anything fragile should be marked and put on top of heavier items and boxes. Bedding, towels, and rugs can be used as filler and protection for furniture as well.
9. Make sure all motorized and gas-operated appliances like push lawnmowers are emptied of their fuel and secured tightly in place. They should be wrapped in plastic so that they won’t contaminate other pieces of furniture with gas or oil residue. If moving any items with wheels on them, the wheels should be locked in place so it won’t budge during transport.
10. The last items (the ones near the unloading door) should be secured with straps if needed so that when opening the moving vehicle doors, items won’t fall and crush the person unloading.
For more answers to packing enquiries, call the professionals at Brisk Transport. Their expert staff can provide solutions for all your moving dilemmas.