Finally you’ve arrived at your new house, and everything is perfect. The previous home owners did a wonderful job at cleaning and tidying things up for you and your family. Even though you’ve had a long day of moving, you grit your teeth and start unpacking boxes to get the move over with. You gingerly unpack your glasswares only to discover your special china set has been reduced to an unrecognizable pile of white and blue pieces of porcelain. A nightmare right?
No one should experience a disaster right from the get go of moving to a new house. Without further ado, here are the most frequently damaged items during a move you’ll want to keep a close eye on.
As vividly depicted above, glasswares are the most vulnerable part of your moving inventory. Avoid unpacking shattered pieces of glass at your new house by wrapping them piece by piece with bubble wrap. Put them in small, tight-fitting boxes and stuff them up with more cloth or newspaper. Tape it securely and label appropriately with “fragile”, “this side up” and “glassware”.
Pro tip: To ensure you’ve packed tightly, gently shake your boxed glassware up and down, and side to side. A good box is a silent box. Clinkings and shiftings inside mean you haven’t padded enough so get to it!
Are you a fan of splishes and splashes of colour that only made sense to the artist himself? Well bad news for you because the moving process will most likely “modify” your canvases with stylish holes. Keep your prized pieces away from harm by packing them separately with, again, bubble wrap and boxing them―if size permits―with adequate padding. Remember, these are mostly expensive and one of a kind so keep them safe.
Pro tip: Be creative with packing your art *wink* by using different types of boxes. Use pizza boxes for framed art and maybe bottle boxes for pieces that come in sets. Don’t be afraid to modify and cut your box to fit your artsy needs.
Furniture is a mover’s enemy and nightmare. They are heavy, bulky, and oddly shaped. Just getting them out of house is an undertaking that requires a lot of patience worthy of a Nobel prize.
Disassemble or detach any willing parts and pack them separately. Cover up the pointy bits with newspaper or pieces of cloth and wrap the whole thing up with movers tape.
Pro tip: If you’re doing a self-move, get some help! Especially with furnitures that are awkward to lift and fit through doorways, windows and staircases. Friends and family will be more than willing to help you. Moving is exciting and fun, once you get through the moving part.
These items are expensive and sensitive with their moving and glass parts. Keep your precious television sets safe and functional by putting them back in their original packaging. The best boxes for them are the ones they originally came with that is designed to keep them tight and secure. Patch up worn out boxes with tape and thoroughly pad them with newspaper or cloth if the styrofoam looks like it’ll crumble to pieces.
If you can’t find the original packing, just pack them as you would your glasswares or art with the addition of gathering their cords up neatly with rubber bands or zip ties. Label them with “Fragile”, “this side up” and “electronics”.
Pro tip: If your device is not turning on even after protecting it from the shaking and rattling hazards of moving, try unplugging it and pressing the power button for at least a minute. This discharges any built up power or static that could be hindering your device from powering up.
Bring your plants with you to breathe some nostalgic but fresh life into your new house. Stop watering them a few days before the move to lighten their weight for easier lifting. This will also safeguard you from unloading icky and muddy plants. Keep an eye on their ventilation if you’re planning to box them.
Pro tip: If you’ve got big plants with spreading twigs, protect them from breaking by gently bunching them up and covering the mass with a plastic bag. And of course, unpack them the second you’ve finished unloading! You wouldn’t want them to get stuffy.
Moving is a long process that saps your energy and patience. Aside from these items, keep yourself―the most important asset to move―stress and back ache free by planning ahead, getting help from friends and relatives and taking snack breaks in between lifting sessions. Take it slow and easy because you won’t finish moving in just a day.
Check our blog post “Get Organized before Moving” for more moving information.
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