Without good organisation and a clear head the task of packing your valuables in readiness for moving house can fast become a tiresome process.
One of the most stressful aspects of packing and home removals is the transportation and storage of large, awkward items as well as protecting valuables and antiques. Expert handling is required to ensure precious items are not knocked, damaged or scratched in transit to your new home.
Glass is arguably the most breakable item you will encounter when packing your home furniture. Bubble wrap is effective if you can get your hands on enough. When wrapping bubble wrap make sure that the bubbles are facing outwards from the object to prevent them leaving marks on the glass if placed in storage for long periods.
You may of course choose to take many of your valuables with you in your own car or vehicle during your house move. This reduces your stress levels as you don’t have to worry about truly irreplaceable items being damaged on the back of a removals van – it is simply in your own hands instead.
Before you even consider packing and storing your home valuables it is important to have all items valued and insured. This will provide you with peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that if any items are damaged in transit you can have the item repaired or receive additional funds to buy something special if the damaged item was in fact irreplaceable.
When packing valuables into moving boxes it is critical not to overload them as they are liable to break and split under the strain. Leave plenty of space in each moving box and then fill any excess room with packing materials. Don’t be afraid to be liberal with your wrapping – the more protection the better!
Larger expensive items such as beds, sofas, dining tables and chairs should, ideally, be disassembled to make it easier for your removals firm to move into and out of the removals van. Make sure you visibly mark each individual part to make the assembling process as straightforward as possible in your new home. Heavy and big items should be wrapped in moving pads and blankets that are made of thick fabric to guard against damage and scratches.
Some items may also prefer to be stored in climate-controlled storage, protecting such things as art work, antiques and precious musical instruments from significant drops and increases in temperatures.
Many of these suggestions may seem obvious to you, but you would be surprised just how many people don’t use common sense with so much on their mind at the time of a house move!
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