Today, more and more people are moving to a new home that is some distance away. Whether you are moving across the town, though, or across the country, making sure that your special items get to where they are going without damage is one of the most important things you can do. Thankfully, modern moving companies have methods of helping your delicate and special items move, but there are also some things that you can do in order to prepare them for the trip. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will make your move easier and keep your things just a little bit safer along the way.
Everything has a best method of packing it. From glasses to dishes to larger items like pianos and pool tables, there is a specific method of packing everything you own so that it is safe when it is in transit. Here are a few tips for some of the common items that are being packed for a move.
- Computers are very sensitive to static electricity. When you are packing a computer, consider wrapping it in an anti-static bag first, and then putting it in a box with plenty of padding.
- If you are moving TVs and monitors, consider packing them in their original boxes. This is the best method of transporting these items, as they were originally designed to protect the items in question.
- Disassemble larger items when possible to avoid damages that might otherwise occur. You can do this with tables and some pool tables, as well as swing sets or similar items that you are moving. Be sure to keep the hardware with the item so that you don’t lose it.
- Items of value should be packed carefully to fully protect them from damage. Don’t hesitate to use padding, packing peanuts, or extra containers to pack these things, especially if they are difficult to replace.
- Glasses, stemware, and other overly fragile items can and should be packed using a cell kit that will keep each item separate from the others. Stuffing paper in the cup part, and wrapping the stem with padding can also help.
But packing your goods the right way isn’t the only way that you can avoid damages that might otherwise occur. Consider the fact that accidents do happen from time to time. Regardless of who you are, there is always the potential that your items might get damaged or broken at some point throughout the move. For this reason, it is important to have enough insurance coverage to cover the loss or damage that may occur. Remember the following things when you begin searching for insurance though, as not all policies are created equally.
- Be careful to consider the choice between the movers’ valuation and traditional insurance carefully. Valuation may only cover a few cents per pound of your goods, while traditional insurance will likely cover replacement costs after deductibles.
- Traditional insurance must be acquired through a traditional insurance company. These companies are not associated with the moving companies, so make sure you give yourself time to locate and find them before moving day.
- Traditional insurance policies will cost more in the long run. There are a number of different companies out there, but they will all charge something for their services. Valuation, on the other hand, is often free and offered as part of the services through the movers.
Regardless which option you choose, make certain that you take time to learn what it will really mean for you. Packing your special items is one of the more difficult aspects of moving, but it is also something that you will have to tackle at some point. To make sure that you have everything you need, when you need it, start the process early, collect needed moving supplies ahead of time, and take stock of what you are moving so that you can protect it all in every way that you can.
About the Author: Alyssa Sullivan is a Moving Companies Agent with over twenty years of experience in the industry of moving. When she isn’t working, she can often be found with her cat reading a good book.