A lot of people hire removal vans without preparing ahead of time. In other words, a lot of us think the removals staff will happily do all the work upon arriving.

To save on time, a lot of stress, and indeed money, it’s crucial to have everything set out systematically ahead of time. Sure, a removals van is a Godsend on moving day since it reduces a lot of the angst, but lack of your own preparation still makes for a long afternoon, so prepare properly in advance.

What to do:

1 – Set out heavy furniture first

Since your man and van staff people won’t want to wait around and help you select what to move into the vehicle first, it pays to set out all those major furniture items early on the day. Since it’s best to have the heaviest items of furniture sit furthest back in the truck, set them out on the front of your lawn, or driveway, prior the van’s arrival.

Sure, you will need assistance from willing enough people in your home to move heavy items, but this can be done easily provided your family or fellow tenants understand what moving day entails. Delegate across tasks early in this case and remind everyone of the weekend’s layout during the week leading up to shifting. Task the laziest person in your home with minding the front of the house as you pop in and out with furniture.

2 – Pack systematically

The last thing you want is for an over-full box to spill whilst in transit within the van. So pack systemaically, and indeed categorically. Since cheap cardboard boxes are the best option, don’t abuse them through over-packing.

Instead, divide your boxes up very specifically. For example, have all kitchen appliances and items sit in one, or two, boxes before labelling the container as such. Across all sub-departments of the home, follow a method in packing which matches that of point one, above. In other words, be sure to place the bulkiest, largest, or widest items first, and at the bottom of, your boxes. A typical box of kitchen items might follow this kind of approach, from first to last: microwave, saucepans, pots, toaster, kettle, plates, bowls, cups, utensils. So from heaviest to lightest. Also try and acquire the largest cardboard boxes available in advance, and be prepared to make them up yourself as many of the affordable range in boxes require manual folding and implementing.

3 – How to prepare and pack clothes properly

For the cardboard boxes to really work, they can’t resemble a non-symmetrical hamburger. That is to say, pack things tightly and neatly. Clothes are the biggest culprit for those under-prepared movers as last minute efforts at ‘chucking everything in’ backfire. This is why you actually have to prepare clothes during the week. Beginning at least a full week prior to moving day, work smartly in washing the majority of your warbdrobe – certainly wash dirty clothes as well as those you think could do with a rinse. Once dry, iron these clothes and fold them tightly. Ironing will help you press clothes down as you prepare piles to go in the boxes.

In passing, it must be acknowledged that tighly compact piles are the only acceptable means of transporting clothes. Not only will you save on boxes, since so much can fit in, but you will also avoid any risk of having a box split whilst in transit. These things may seem simple enough, but take nothing for granted because, at the end of the day, a man and van staff member can’t be held responsible if your overpacked, and poorly arranged, box of fine crockery splits and smashes in the van. In fact, when it comes to delicate items like this, use materials like bubble wrap for protection.