How Tenants Can Load a Van Safely When Moving Property
When tenants come to moving property, many of them prefer to hire a van and drive it themselves instead of hiring a local removal company. However, they are not always aware of the dangers that loading a van come with.
Fortunately, we have had a lot of experience loading and unloading vehicles and have decided to come up with this brief guide for tenants to help them load and unload their rental vehicles.
Considerations for Loading a Transportation Vehicle
There are many areas that can be brought into consideration. However, the following points have been chosen as the most important when you are loading a large removals van. Consider the following points.
- The Vehicles Centre of Gravity
- How The Items Are Packed
- Guarding Against Danger
- Storing Electrical Items
- Loading Furniture
#1 The Vehicles Centre of Gravity
The centre of gravity of the vehicle is extremely important. Get it wrong, and the handling of the van can become extremely temperamental and difficult to handle – hence why it is so important to get it loaded correctly.
It can be very tempting just to throw everything into the van, lock up and get on your way. However, this is extremely dangerous. It is advised that you organise and load the larger, heavier items first. Once the larger items have been loaded, you can begin to gently stack the smaller, lighter items on top.
Remember to spread the weight of the load evenly across the vehicles axels. Too much to one side and the axel may become damaged and lead to the van becoming difficult to control, which could of course result in a serious accident.
#2 How The Items Are Packed
Just as we mentioned before, it can be very tempting to chuck all of the items into the vehicles – especially if you are in a rush. Please, please, please take the time to load your vehicle correctly. It will make your journey run smoother and cause less disruption when you are en-route.
If you have simply thrown your items in it can cause a lot of damage. Load your larger, heavier items first and keep them tight together to restrict the amount of movement.
Failing to pack your belongings in tight together can lead to them moving around, falling out once you have finished driving and cause more damage to your smaller items.
#3 Guard Against Danger
Another important thing to consider when packing up your items into a removal van is where you place sharp, metallic items. Try to keep sharp objects away from softer items, For example; a metal bedframe could potentially pierce a mattress and even scratch more delicate items.
Remember to store any liquids safely. Failing to secure liquids will result in spillages and will lead to long-term damage to some items of furniture.
#4 Storing Electrical Items
Electrical items can be tricky to organise and pack.
Items such as fridges and large freezers need to be kept upright. Not many people know it, but they contact gases that need to be kept secure. Failing to store them correctly can lead to dangerous gases becoming exposed during transit.
Other electrical items such as boxes televisions and washing machines need to be kept flat and secured to prevent them from moving around.
#5 Take Furniture Apart
A lot of furniture these days come flat-packed. Make sure that you disassemble the furniture and store it correctly in the original boxes if you have them. This will make them considerably easier to store when relocating.
In addition to making them easier to move – the more furniture that is boxed will lead to more room inside the vehicle becoming available. This can result in fewer trips and lower the costs of your van rental.
Author Bio: Ed Davis, Co-Owner and contributor to Davis and Mac, a traditional Man and Van London.