In 2014 I had to move 6 (!) times from one apartment to another. In 2013 – 3 times. I think I really can call myself a professional mover.
A successful move isn’t just about getting from point A to point B. It’s about ensuring that your belongings get there undamaged and in one piece. Moving doesn’t have to turn into a headache. I am going to give you our top tips for keeping your belongings undamaged.
Mark Out Sensitive Items
First of all, identify the items that are at risk. These include any pieces of pottery and other family heirlooms. Put these to one side and pack them separately from clothes, wardrobe, and everything else. They need to be taken care of separately. A sticky note can be good enough, or you can physically put them to one side.
The number one reason why belongings are damaged is because of panic packing. This is where you realize you have almost no time left and you have to get started. In an effort to get back on schedule, you attempt to go as fast as possible. Before you know it, you’ve smashed your great aunt’s priceless vase. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to successful packing.
As a rule, you should start from the top of the house and work your way to the bottom. The attic tends to take the most amount of time because most families have little idea as to what’s in the attic. During the time spent disassembling heavy furniture and reminiscing over any old photos discovered underneath a stack of old records, the clock is ticking, so give yourself ample time in the beginning.
A load-bearing item is what can be stacked in a van. Breakable items are not load-bearing and should never be stacked. Most of the time, this happens by accident. Label each item that’s load-bearing and each item that’s breakable. Breakables should be placed on top of stacks and should be arranged so they can never topple over.
Wrapping Valuable Belongings Correctly
Breakables should be wrapped in a specific way. Begin by using tissue paper or wrapping paper for the first layer. This is due to the fact newspaper can leave marks when the ink runs. The second layer can contain newspaper. You should also have at least one layer of bubble wrap. As a final precaution, line the box with several layers of newspaper to ensure items don’t bang against each other.
Hire a Professional Moving Company
A professional moving company will always be able to do a better job than you. They know exactly what they’re doing and they know what they need to do to keep your belongings safe. Furthermore, they’re expecting a tip so they have good reason to do things the right way. But these companies can’t do everything for you. It’s your job to separate your most valuable items long before you let the experts in. Clearly label what they need to take extra care over.
These moving tips should help you ensure that your belongings remain undamaged. See which professional movers in your area are operating now and get the best deals!