Avoiding damage during your movement may come first on your mind, but it doesn’t need to immobilize you. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to protect your home, belongings, and body from damage during the next home move.
Preventing Damage Before You Move
While it is a good idea to prepare in advance to avoid damage during the house-to-house move, there are some forms of breakage that you cannot avoid. Before you act, be sure to create a “safety net” to protect you in case something goes wrong. If you’re worried about smashing your priceless antiques or staining your branded armchairs, these few tips will give you a bit more of an idea.
Tip 1: Get Transport Insurance
While a comprehensive home insurance policy will ensure that your goods are perfectly protected, moving damage may not be fully compensated.
Check your current home insurance policy to see what’s covered. If yours is not available anywhere (for example, some policies will cover theft but prevent breakage), see if your moving company offers insurance. Consider purchasing a separate shipping insurance policy unless you use professional movers or just want additional protection.
Tip 2: Create a Detailed Inventory Page
Without an inventory sheet, it can be nearly impossible to prove that an item is lost or damaged. When packing, note down each item and its condition. Or take pictures of it. If your shipping company is creating its own inventory list, double-check the list at your own expense. Make sure you understand the acronyms and abbreviations they use to indicate the item’s status).
These written documents will act as a neutral third party. If something is damaged, it will be much easier to find out who is responsible for the repair, cleaning, or replacement of the item in question.
Tip 3: Measure Twice, Move Once
While it may be tempting to get out as quickly as possible, this type of thinking can cause irreparable damage. Before removing a single item, make sure that large door pieces fit all door frames and also measure doorframes. When you need to separate items, store all screws and bolts in a zippered plastic bag taped to the furniture.
Tip 4: Hire Professional Carriers and/or Household Packers and Movers
When you take into account the differences between working with a shipping company while moving and carrying yourself, a professional acting company is usually the more preferred option.
Professional carriers carry the packaging boxes with lifting devices, so the error rate is lower. The professional team can complete the whole action faster and safer than you can organize yourself. And at the end of a long day, isn’t that much more valuable?
Damage Prevention During Packaging
Now that you have prepared your move for success, the key to preventing damage during a move lies in how you pack your items for transport. A large part of moving damage is caused by improper packaging of your items. But following these next tips could damage your movement derailment.
Tip 5: Use Plenty of Filler
The best way to prevent damage in transit is to use a generous amount of padding during packaging. You don’t have to fill everything in (after all, your t-shirts can’t “break” during transit), but you shouldn’t skimp on the bubble wrap either. For fragile items, special memories, and electronic devices, it is worth the extra time and expense to properly fill them to protect against damage.
Use crumpled newspaper, packing nuts, towels, blankets, and/or bubble wrap to cushion your valuables before they enter the box, then fill the gaps (including the space between the contents of the box and the lid) with more packaging material. This will keep everything in place while driving so a sharp turn won’t turn the crystal vase into a piece of broken.
Tip 6: Use the Right Filler Type
The Sunday newspaper might be good for filling the gaps in your boxes, but you can’t just rely on funny pages to get to your next move; ink can smear easily on lampshades and other delicate surfaces. Instead, buy plain wrapping paper from the stationery store.
Upholstered furniture should be wrapped in plastic wrap or movable blankets to prevent rips, scratches, and stains . Glass tabletops and doors should be wrapped with a foam cover, bubble wrap, or thick blankets. Sharp corners or edges should be padded so they don’t break if they come into contact with something fragile.
Tip 7: tape it up
Wrap fragile items so that they are completely covered with newspaper or bubble wrap and securely tape the cushion so that it does not come loose or slip. Also, do not let the adhesive tape come into contact with the item you are wrapping. The glue can remove the paint or leave a stubborn residue behind.
Tip 8: Use the Right Boxes
These special boxes in the supply store are specially designed with specific ingredients in mind. When packing reading glasses, flat-screen TVs, or other items that are easily damaged, consider purchasing custom movable boxes.
For the rest of your stuff, choose boxes that are unlikely to collapse. Used cardboard boxes may not work. Sturdy cardboard boxes, plastic boxes, and suitcases are good options to prevent damage during your move. Don’t want to buy new boxes? Of course, write “Will Break” and “Handle With Care” on your boxes whenever possible so your professional team knows how to take a little extra care.
Tip 9: Proper Packaging Matters Everything
You have insurance, heavy boxes, and lots of box protection bubbles. The way you pack your items can do a lot to prevent damage during your movement. Pack the books upright in the box, just as if you were placing them on a shelf. The same is true for DVDs and CDs; packing them flat can put a lot of strain on the crates.
Vertical packaging is the safest way to pack china plates as well. After wrapping the plates well with bubble wrap or newspaper (or both), place them upright in a strong box. In all these cases, put a crumpled sheet of newspaper under the box as an extra pillow.
Tip 10: Less is More
When filling your moving boxes, resist the tendency to hit a single box as much as possible. Packing boxes too tightly can cause delicate items to crush, even if they are well filled.
While it is natural to think of “big item = big box”, it is smarter to pack your boxes by weight rather than size. Lifting a large box filled with heavy china will require more than one person and will be more likely to fall. Heavier items go into smaller boxes while larger boxes should be stored for lighter things.
Tip 11: Disassemble First Assemble at New Home
There are several reasons why some furniture items may be pre-assembled: location and damage. Disassembled furniture can be laid more securely, can be transported more easily and more securely than when put together.
Separating your furniture makes it lighter and more portable so it’s less likely to drop or rub the walls when trying to remove it from the door. Removing hoods, cabinet doors, and legs makes these annoying items easy to wrap and hide so they don’t damage other items in the truck.
When carrying storage items (such as dressers), remove the drawers or doors and pack them separately. The item will be lighter and you will have less effort to move it. However, dismantling is not necessarily limited to furniture. Consider breaking your photos into pieces before you move them too. Remove the photos from the frames and store them in separate boxes; If your photo frame is damaged, the broken glass may scratch the photo. Wrap the glass of the frame in plenty of sealants. So you can be sure it won’t break.