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Moving house is hard work at the best of times, but breaking your most prized possessions can completely ruin the excitement of moving into a new home. Furniture, glassware and decorative pieces of art are most vulnerable to irreparable damage, but any kind of household item can easily fall victim to careless packing and a sufficient lack of moving experience.
Keep in mind that once the damage has been done, sadly it can’t be undone, so safeguarding the contents of your home ought to be a priority throughout the moving process.
To avoid the financial and emotional pain of broken goods, the following steps can be taken.
1. Pack with Care
Throwing the contents of your home into a couple of boxes and hoping for the best is one of the fastest ways to end up with extensive damage to your property. By taking the time to pack everything carefully, breakage can be kept to a minimum. Protecting your household items doesn’t have to be expensive either.
Wrapping china and glassware in butcher’s paper is a cost effective method for keeping such fragile items safe, even as they’re being bounced around in the back of a moving truck.
Every piece should be wrapped individually, with extra care and attention given to irreplaceable and sentimental items. It’s natural to be apprehensive about moving damage, and a professional removalist service can help to put your mind at ease.
Many people will use newspaper, myself included in the past. And while this is a very cheap wrapping option, you do need to be careful of newsprint rubbing off onto your items which is why butcher’s paper is a better alternative for most items.
2. Use Blankets
Dragging heavy items across vulnerable tiles or timber may result in permanent scuff marks. This kind of damage comes with an expensive repair bill and, if your house is a rental property, could even result in some of your bond being withheld.
Placing a blanket beneath furniture will protect the floor from damage, while simultaneously making the item of furniture much easier to move.
Blankets can also be used to protect furniture from sustaining dents and scratches when being transported from one property to another. Everything from bookcases to sofas should be wrapped tightly in a thick blanket, which can be held in place with masking tape.
3. Label Everything
Every single box containing even remotely breakable contents should be labelled with a ‘fragile’ sticker. It would be unfortunate to hurl what you thought was a box of towels into the back of the moving truck, only to discover that it was actually filled with fragile china.
‘This way up’ stickers or written on the box can also come in handy when trying to prevent damage to some of your more breakable possessions.
In addition to protecting your household items from breakage, labelling boxes can also help to help to keep the entire moving process more efficient and organised. Once everything has been unloaded into your new home, finding essential items such as clothes and linen will be much easier if all boxes are clearly labelled.
4. Be Organised
Having your furniture and boxes organised for transport can make a big difference to the wellbeing of your belongings in transit. Having similar shaped and sized boxes together can ensure items are packed neatly and orderly for transport, instead of just shoving everything in and hoping for the best.
Let’s face it – moving house can feel a little like a giant jigsaw puzzle when attempting to fit our belongings into the back of a truck or trailer. Being organised also means your valuables are more likely to be packed well, with less chance of breakage.
Moving house is also a great time to declutter and downsize to reduce the amount of stuff you are taking with you. It’s always nice to start fresh in a new house minus the unnecessary stuff we no longer need, so check out my declutter tips to help minimise the stress when you move house.
You will also want to be sure your belongings are protected under insurance before attempting to move too!
Has any of your property ever been damaged in a move? Do you have any great tips to protect valuables?