You will find that the process of loading a removal van is one not unlike a game of tetras. You need to make the most of the available space, whilst also ensuring that all of the items are locked together with the use of their own combined weights. Failure to pack the van correctly will ultimately lead to difficulties in that you end up with things sliding around as you try to maneuver the traffic that will inevitably gather just as you leave the old house, and this can mean damage for the contents of the van. Should you be concerned that you are not completely sure as to how you will be going about loading your van, it is a good idea to think about it in advance, as well as having a look over the following tips on the process.

For a start, you need to be prepared, and have some supplies ready for the job. You should get a pair of lifting gloves, as they will make the process a lot more easy on your hands, which can be a real relief over an extended period. You will find also that they help you grip things, which will immediately reduce the effort involved in the loading process. The secret is a grippy surface on the palm, which keeps your hand in place, given that there is no sweat or moisture to make things difficult for you. The gloves will also protect against friction burns and cuts, which is a plus! You will most likely find that a few large sheets of cardboard are very useful as well, as you can slide them between items that you want to be up against each other, without risking them scratching or damaging each other. For the same reason, packing blankets are excellent for protecting things in pressurized situations. However, if you are placing something on top of another item, like an upturned desk on a table, then placing a packing blanket between the surfaces horizontally can lead to the top item sliding around. You will need to find a way to lock the lighter item in place, to prevent it from skidding off of the surface, and crashing into something that could break! Security ropes and straps are sometimes included with the removal van, but if not, then it can be a good idea of have a length of strong rope to tie things in place with.

You will find that once you have these things in place, you can get to the logical aspect of packing the van. You should put the heaviest and largest items in first, to ensure that you have a solid base for everything else, that takes up the floorspace, which will be the grounding point. Use the walls of the van to wedge things in a solid position, and be sure that nothing will move by giving it all a push. Once you are happy, you can start piling things on top of that layer, ensuring that again, nothing will move from where it is placed. Be aware that a low and wide centre of gravity is pretty essential, and you can achieve this by placing tall items on their sides. A wardrobe for instance will be a lot more secure flat on its back than standing on its base! However, if you can lock it into the corner of the removal van with a heavy item like a side board or a fridge, then it is unlikely to move much in the long term!