Articles such as clothes, utensils, and books are quite easy to organize for a move since you know they are sturdy enough to stay in one piece in a moving container. However, when it comes to fragile objects, things get challenging because they are at risk of incurring damage. In this article, we list the five most common moving casualties and the preventive measures that should be taken to keep them from damage.
These items are known for having fragile elements and heavy containers that prove difficult to place in a full relocating vehicle. If your new place is just a short distance away, you can simply move the item yourself. However, if transit is required, follow these steps to ensure it gets to your destination in one piece:
- For instruments that feature strings such as cellos and violins, they (strings) should be loosened. This way, climatic and air moisture changes won’t pressure them. Proceed to encase the item in bubble wrap to insulate it from temperature changes. This should be done even for those with cases since the little space left allows the instrument to shift around.
- Consider carrying your mouthpiece in your bag rather than in the moving van
- It is advisable to use the specified container to pack your instrument. If you lack one, find a container that perfectly fits the item and put filler material such as shredded paper or packing peanuts. It is crucial that you only pack one instrument in a box.
It is recommended to seek for the help of skilled local moving companies in the moving of large instruments like a piano or bass. Inquire if your relocating firm offers such services, and if they don’t, ask for referrals.
This is one category of terms that is tricky to relocate, especially weights. If too many of them are placed in a container, they will be hard to move. The best way to move such is by wrapping them in bubble wrap and placing them in different cartons containing cushioning items such as articles of clothing.
Another way is by stacking bars and weights in furniture pads and encasing them in shrink wrap. All other sports gear such as skis and tennis rackets should be secured using packing tools including bubble wrap, foam wrap, and tape.
The harm that can be done to furniture during a move should never be underestimated. When moving such items, you should;
- Purchase quality moving tools. Woodwork and paint can be protected using blankets and furniture pads. Buying skimpy materials just to save some cash will only end up costing you more.
- Get professional assistance. Depending on loved ones with no moving experience can be a huge risk. Instead, opt for skilled experts who will get the job done without any hitches.
- Secure all corners. These are the most endangered areas since they are vulnerable to hits on the walls and floor. Bubble wrap, cardboard pieces, and tape can get the job done.
Any furniture that can be disassembled should be disassembled. It may take a lot more time, but the risk of damage will be greatly reduced. Label all the containers holding the elements to avoid losing even the smallest of pieces.
Framed Photos and Art Pieces
Frames together with the huge glass panels of photos and artwork are usually fragile and tricky to secure in the event of a move. The most effective way to protect them is by using a thin foam and shrink wrap respectively. If you have a couple of them, heap them up and place them on their side in the moving container (glass is sturdier placed vertically).
Frames that feature no glass can be encased in shrink wrap and places in other cushioning elements like the towels’ container.
Big pieces are best left in the hands of experts.
Glassware and China
Such articles call for the use of plenty buffering. It isn’t advisable to use newspaper as a packing material, even though it doesn’t cost much, since it can leave stains on your pieces. Lain tissue can be used for the prevention of scratches, but the best cushioning materials are packing paper, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and inflatable bags. In addition, never place too many of them in one container since the pressure could result in breakage.