Too often when people start planning their move, they bulk everything together without giving a special thought about certain items, which they value more. Sure, you can put all your clothes in boxes, all your books, too, your bed sheets as well, but there are items, which have to be considered apart from those.
Think about your most cherished china. Don’t you think it has to be better packed than your other dishes? Of course you wouldn’t want it to be turned into sand by the time you unpack it. Sadly, this often happens when people decide to move all by themselves (not that there is anything wrong with that) or they hire a cheap company, with no insurance and the likes. However, we will give you some advice on what and how to pack more carefully, but if you think that this is too much for you, consider hiring professionals with good reputation to do the job for you.
To start, make inventory of everything that is of any special value to you. It is good to have a list of everything altogether, but since it can be boring and tedious it is understandable why you wouldn’t want to do a full list. Still, having every special item on a sheet of paper will prove handy and you won’t have the feeling of leaving something behind or forgetting to take something off the truck. Hey, you can even take pictures of the items, it won’t hurt and it maybe even a bit fun, if you are into that kind of stuff.
It goes almost without saying, but too often people trust themselves or movers of questionable reputation just a bit too much. And what happens when something breaks? Yes, it is gone, pretty much. But not entirely if you have insurance. Sure, it will increase the price of the move, but better safe than sorry, as the saying goes.
On that same note – when you have musical instruments of high quality and price, the best thing is to take them with you. Along with all your jewelry and smaller valuables. But what about bigger things, like pianos and such? Well, the truth is you probably don’t have much of a choice here, and hiring an esteemed company will be your only option most of the time.
Now let’s consider some other things. Do you have many electronics? TVs, monitors, so on? The best way to take care of them is to put them back in the boxes they came with. But to be fair, you probably don’t keep the boxes. Still, research options for boxes that are specifically designed to carry exactly such things. They exist, believe us. Might be more expensive, but again the insurance argument – better safe than sorry, because that four-digit cost of the TV sure is higher than the price of a box.
Maybe we’ve also mentioned this before, but porcelain and glass plates should go together side by side, not one on top of another. Of course, wrap them around in paper (newspapers actually work great, as they are made of stiffer paper and tend to cushion more), pack them tight enough and you are mostly safe to go. Other things prone to breaking should be packed in the same manner, with as much cushioning as possible. And close them securely, with duct tape, insulating tape or something of the sort.
This should cover most of the process. Stay tuned to our blog for more interesting articles and tips.