Moving to a new residence is both exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. There are so many things to keep track of such as cleaning and transferring utilities. Worrying about whether your possessions are going to arrive in one piece should not be another burden. Thankfully, with proper preparation, packing and care, this is one thing you can rest at ease about.
Preparing For the Move
In the weeks before the move, take the time to start assessing what items might get damaged. Do not stop at the obvious; that is, mirrors or glassware. Think about furniture legs or the top of that coffee table that might get gouged or scratched.
Once you have the list, you can purchase the things you will need to protect them. Some basic items are bubble wrap, duct tape, and disposable cardboard boxes that you can cut to shape. Another great item to look for is an industrial sized roll of plastic wrap.
How to Protect Items Most Likely to Get Damaged
When packing away glassware and fragile dishes, the classic wrapping in newspaper trick is great. Providing a layer between dishes makes them less prone to grinding against each other or shattering. Mirrors should be covered in front and back with bath towels and then sandwiched with cardboard that is duct taped together.
For furniture legs, wrap them in bubble wrap, tape, and then cover with a sock. Any sharp corners should be covered with a cardboard and taped or wrapped. The tops of dressers can be covered with a piece of cardboard that is cut to size.
Once the top is protected, use an industrial sized roll of saran wrap to wrap it. This also keeps the drawers closed and secure. Make sure to clearly label boxes that are fragile so that they are not put on the bottom of a stack.
What to do the Day of the Move
The morning of the move, make sure you have a plan in place for how you are getting your belongings to your new home. If you have hired a moving company, ensure that boxes are properly labelled, so they know how to put them in the truck.
Make sure that there is a clear path out of your house with plenty of room to maneuver couches and larger pieces of furniture. If you are moving yourself, use moving blankets between your furniture and the walls of the truck. Place the heavier objects to the sides and front of the truck and use tie downs to secure them.
It only takes a little bit of time to make sure that your prized possessions arrive safely to your new home. With some foresight and planning, you can be sure that your next move will be worry-free, at least where your fragile items are concerned. To learn more, contact a company like Motion Express with any questions you have.