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Planning and executing a home move W2yourself can be difficult but rewarding, and may well save you money too. One of the most physically demanding and time consuming parts of any move is loading and unloading your moving van W2, and often the part many people dread. However, there are certain tricks that moving professionals use when loading a removal van that you can easily follow yourself to ensure you spend as little time as possible hulking furniture around, and more time enjoying your new home.

Get some help

Firstly, you will probably have to lift some very heavy appliances and furniture, so don’t try this alone. Not only will moving and loading a fridge on your own be almost impossible, you could also seriously injure yourself. Try asking around friends or family that are local to the W2 area and see if anyone can help you on moving day. Ideally, you want to try and have around 3 or 4 people when it comes to lifting extremely heavy items like washing machines and large wardrobes.

Preparing to load

Don’t start taking random items down to the van and just throw them in. if you order your packing carefully you can make the whole process a lot quicker and simpler, and the same will then apply once you’ve arrived at your new home and have to unpack. Think about what you will be unpacking first - these are the things that should be packed in the van last. Also, you’ll want to get the heaviest and largest items in first. As an example, if the kitchen is the last room you plan to unpack, then all kitchen items should be loaded first, starting with the largest and bulkiest objects. Once you have your loading order ready, move the relevant items down to the van, and have a short break before loading.

How to lift heavy items

The most strenuous part of loading your van will be carrying the big and bulky items. As mentioned, try to get some friends or family from the W2 area to give you a hand here. Whenever you are lifting something very heavy, always bend your knees and keep your back straight while getting a grip on the item, never bend over and try and pull the item up to you. Once you have a firm grip, then lift slowly with your legs, keeping your back straight. You will need to co-ordinate this with your helpers so you all take the load at the same time. Also, when carrying something heavy, it helps to distribute the weight by trying to keep the item at about chest height. You’ll also hopefully avoid putting any unnecessary strain on other areas of your body by lifting this way.

Loading

When loading, start with the heaviest items first. These should be placed around the edges of the van as much as possible to prevent too much movement during travel. Also, you can place mattresses in between the van and your items to act as a buffer. Most rental vans will have rigging on each side that will enable you to secure your items in place too, so make use of these. Once the big items are in, start filling any gaps with smaller boxes. Ideally, you don’t want any gaps in your packing, so squeeze things where they will fit (without forcing anything too much), and this way everything will remain secure during travel.