If you have decided to save some money and not hire a moving company, or if you are moving your items into a self-storage unit, then you will need to know how to load the moving van.
The first most important step in loading your moving van is to make sure that you have enough help to do the job. Not having enough people will make the job twice as hard on you and will also take twice as long. Having some extra help is goo idea especially if you have large furniture to load.
Your moving boxes should be packed full. Not to where they are too heavy to carry but so that there is no empty space inside of them. Empty space could cause your valuables to be damaged by shifting. Packing your boxes with no empty space will ensure that they will not be crushed if you stack them on top of one another.
Also, protect your furniture that could be damaged by moisture, dirt, or punctures, with stretch-wrap. These would be your couches, chairs, mattresses, etc.Having your furniture wrapped not only ensure that they will be protected but it will also make them easier to pack tighter in the truck or van without being damaged. The less trips you have to make and the less time it takes the better.
Begin loading your items in the front of the truck or the van. This will make for a tighter fit. Stack your items from the floor to the ceiling with heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top. Do not be afraid to disassemble some items to make them easier to load and conserve space. Sofas and some other pieces may be placed on their ends to achieve a tightly loaded truck, but you will need to be sure to place the items next to items that will not cause damage. For example, place metal items away from items that could tear or rip in transport. If you do not have enough stuff to fill the whole truck, make sure that you secure the back with straps to prevents your items from shifting and being damaged. Most items are damaged when they fall or slide in the truck.