Loading a Self-Drive Removal Vehicle the Right way
If you have chosen to hire a vehicle and do the rest by yourself, you will need to know how to load it appropriately and in a way that is going to be the most effective and will provide your possessions with maximum safety and protection. This article is going to outline all of the dos and do not of loading a self drive removal truck.
Before any loading can take place, you need to ensure that you have packed your items correctly. All boxes need to be sealed tightly using duct tape. Ensure that boxes are not over packed because these boxes will be more difficult to carry, but are also more likely to break, potentially damaging your belongings.
Always ensure that your boxes are labelled. When labeling boxes, you need to include information on what the box contains. In some cases, additional labels may be helpful to you when it comes to loading your truck. These labels include “handle with care”, “fragile” and “this way up”.
Boxes containing fragile items should be labelled to indicate that extra care needs to be taken when handling the box. You also need to ensure that your fragile items are wrapped in bubble wrap to keep them protected. Additionally, you can use Styrofoam to pad boxes containing fragile items. Most of the man and van companies offer free delivery of moving boxes and packing material.
If you are dismantling furniture, ensure that corresponding screws are bagged away safely and kept in a secure place. A good idea is to tape the bag to a piece of the furniture it belongs to. Not only is dismantling furniture a good idea to make lifting and carrying easier, but it is also going to save you a lot of space in the removal truck.
Electrical good should be packed into their original boxes if you still have them. If not, always use an appropriately sized cardboard box and ensure that the item is wrapped or padded.
So when you are absolutely sure that you have packed everything correctly, it is time to start loading the truck.
Loading items according to their size and weight is the key. To start off with, load the truck with any large furniture items such as wardrobes, cabinets, sofas, washing machines, cookers, fridges etc. By getting the largest and heaviest items out the way, you will have the worst behind you. You can fill any empty spaces using soft items such as pillows, blankets and cushions.
Next, you need to pack the larger boxes. Packing them next to each other is a better idea than packing them on top of each other. This way you have a platform for smaller boxes.
Heavier and larger boxes should be loaded first. Smaller and lighter boxes should then be placed on top of the larger ones.
If you have delicate objects which are too large to pack away into boxes e.g. mirrors, you need to make sure that they are padded and protected, otherwise you risk the chance of ending up with damaged goods.
Taking regular breaks during the loading process is suggested. Not only does this give you a change to take a breather and grab refreshments, but it also gives you a chance to re-energise yourself.
Do not rush loading a removal truck. Those who rush are more likely to have an accident, or not load the truck effectively. Take your time and make sure you do the job right.
Loading a truck does not have to be a daunting task. Actually, it can be very simple and easy, as long as you follow all the rules and take all of the precautionary measures.