It is extremely important to protect your valuable items during a move. Though this may sound like a routine task, there are a surprising number of household items that require special attention. For example, your grandmother’s china and your HD television would both be considered “fragile,” but they both also need to be packaged and handled in different fashions. By acknowledging your high-value items and properly packing them, you will be doing yourself and your local moving company a favor, as you will reduce the risk of breakage and emotional strain that could coincide. Here are a few quick pointers to help you protect your valuable items during your upcoming move.
When you’re starting to organize your home for the big move, it’s a good idea to do a thorough scan of each room (including the closets) so that you get a sound idea of every single item that needs to be packed. While performing this run-through, make sure to set aside every item that you think may need extra attention during the packing and moving process – that way you won’t risk overlooking or damaging these items when you finally start packing. Though many items could warrant special attention during a move, the most effective way to determine if it is high-risk would be to simply gauge its overall value – sentimental and monetary – and whether or not it is something that could be easily replaced.
Now that you have determined which of your items will be considered as high-value, the next step in your moving process should be to develop an annotated inventory. When constructing this list, be sure to keep in mind that the more information you can give on an item (don’t forget to record the item’s Model Number, if applicable), the more likely you are to be properly compensated, should that item get damaged in the move. Though most moving companies will record their own inventory of each item as they pack it, it is important for you to keep your own personal record of each item as additional reference.
Once you’ve set aside all of your valued items, it’s time to determine how to appropriately pack each piece. There are a number of different options available for transporting fragile objects, ranging from the type of container to the type of “stuffing” used, so it is important to understand the specific needs of each article. For valuable china/plates, it is probably best to individually wrap each item in some sort of paper or cushioned pads (or both – there’s no such thing as being too careful!) and to also separate this set of tableware in its own specific box labeled “Fragile.” As far as your home electronics are concerned, make sure to give larger items such as televisions or game consoles plenty of cushioning and stuffing to keep it secured and minimize shifting during transport.
As you have probably figured out by now, moving your household items from one location to another is no simple task. Between the packing and the organizing of a large volume of objects, it can be easy to overlook items that require extra attention – which could ultimately prove costly, whether in terms of monetary or sentimental value, if not properly accounted for. By properly maintaining these fragile items during your move, you’ll be able to make the big transition without having to worry about any additional complications.
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