For a lot of people moving home may seem to be a simple pack and shift task. Several considerations simply don’t come to mind especially when you have never done this before.
Hiring the Van
If you are going to hire a van, consider all of the cost implications. There is the cost of hiring the van, and there is usually an additional surcharge for extra drivers who you wish to include in the hire. Then there’s the cost of fuel, and of cost the time you will have the van. Have you considered insurance for the items themselves and what would happen if the vehicle were involved in a collision? Would the contents of the vehicle be covered too?
Assuming that you will simply load a van up in ten minutes and offload it in ten minutes is one of the first mistakes that first time DIY home movers make. You will also need additional equipment that you will need to either hire or buy such as trolleys or a moving dolly.
Loading a van with fifty medium size boxes will take two people a lot longer than loading a refrigerator or a bed onto a van.
Size and Capacity
Think about the size of the van and the number of items that need to be moved. Calculating cubic space visually is something most of us don’t have to do in our everyday lives so estimating the size of the van you need and getting it wrong can have enormous consequences in terms of cost. Depending on the distance of the move, an unplanned second trip could result in substantial extra costs not only regarding fuel but even perhaps an additional day or twos hire.
Vehicle and Personal Safety
Consider the centre weight and balance of the van. If you are going to be driving a heavily laden vehicle that you are already unaccustomed to driving, then the balance of the weight of the vehicle will be critical. Not only for the safety of the items inside but also to maintain control of the vehicle on the road and other road users.
Pack the van with weight evenly distributed and start first with stacking boxes vertically, with the heaviest boxes at the bottom and in the deepest part of the van. Follow this with heavy appliances and then followed by the remaining items of furniture.
Protection of Possessions
When packing consider how you can manage open space that may remain once you have packed the van. Open spaces will create room for items to move while in transit, not only putting the items at risk but also the previously mentioned weight balance of the vehicle. You may need to distribute items in a tighter fit rather than stacking them high up.
Protection of possessions is important because furniture and appliances can become easily scratched or chipped off, using old blankets and a purchase of a roll of bubble wrap will save a lot of heartache when removing that dresser, you inherited, and that has such sentimental value.
When items are top heavy, lay them down sideways and remember that if you need to do that with a refrigerator or a freezer to let it stand for 24 hours after the move before turning it back on.
Considering all the issues
Make sure that you consider the cost, time and effort implications involved in a move, combined with risks such as loss or damage. From then, you will find yourself able to decide whether you feel you can take on the challenge, and how to become an expert mover.