8 most commonly damaged Items during a move
Moving is always a tedious tasks as you have to pack everything, move and unpack. Not to mention of losing stuff due to mishandling of the moving boxes, or items getting damaged during the transport. That is why you should always make sure that everything is packed properly to avoid mishaps. However, it is not really surprising that even if you do all your best to pack your things cautiously and no matter how careful you are, you may end up with some damaged household items.
You may ask, how to keep the most fragile and delicate stuff safe during the move? First, you should know what are those delicate items that you may be moving. Knowing the exact item and how to secure them is the best way to avoid disasters. Next is to have the right packing materials used on those fragile items. These delicate items should be tucked in carefully in the moving boxes to avoid damages. Lastly, you should label the boxes appropriately so your movers know that these moving boxes should be handled with extra care.
When packing fragile items, make sure to fill up the empty spaces in the boxes to avoid shifting movements and bumps during the transport. Use packing peanuts, crumpled papers and bubble wraps to secure your items.
What are the items that typically gets damaged during the move?
Glassware, mirrors and frames
Any household items that is made or have glass in it is automatically considered as fragile. These can break easily and might even cause accidents, that is why it is important to pack them carefully.
Wrap glassware individually with plain packing paper or bubble wrap. Do not use printed newspaper as the ink could stain your glass, and you have to wash it by hand before it can be removed. To make sure that its wrapping stays in place, secure it with a small strip of scotch tape.
Picture frames should be packed in paper lined small to medium boxes with crumpled paper in between each piece. Wrap frames in packing paper or bubble wrap to protect them from scratches and breakage. Fill the box with more packing paper to ensure items won’t move and slide around in the box. Large frames should be secured with a moving blanket, plastic wrapped, secured with a packing tape and should be moved separately.
Mirrors should be packed in boxes with its same size. If there is none that fits, you can improvise and make one out of other boxes. Fill the bottom of the moving box with cushioning or packing papers to the edges, wrap the mirror with layers of bubble wrap or paper, then fill in the front and back of the mirror with more paper. Mirrors should be transferred vertically, not horizontally, and must be secured with moving blankets as their main cushion around the base when they are in motion.
China wares and plates
Packing china wares and plates is almost the same as packing your glassware. They should be wrapped individually by plain packing paper or bubble wrap and must be secured with more paper or packing peanuts to avoid movement around the box during the transport.
Check your wine inventory and determine what you really want to keep before you start packing. If you think that it will be more expensive in moving your collection, you may consider it giving away to your friend and neighbors and just start collecting again in your new house.
If you have a rare and expensive bottle collections, it is much better to have them insured before the move. Buy or get a divided/cell box from a specialty wine shop or liquor store, or purchase a cell kit from a moving store. Wrap each bottle with packing paper before placing each in the cells. These can properly hold the wine bottles and keep them safe during the move.
Framed canvases, paintings, statues and other valuable pieces of art are also very prone to damage. Precaution is essential, so pack them as described above, but also insure them. Unique artwork is irreplaceable – handle it with precision and alertness.
Use the original packing boxes of your electronics if you still have them. If not, find a similar box to put in our electronic devices and appliances. Remove and gather the cords of each devices, secure them with a zip tie or packing tape and wrap the main gadget in a moving blanket or bubble wrap, secure with tape and put it in the box. If needed add padding to eliminate any movement.
Sporting equipment are expensive to replace, that is why they should be packed properly to avoid damages. Find a separate moving box for your sporting equipment or stick them together and place them in one corner of the moving van. Avoid mixing them with the rest of the stuff so they won’t bump to other boxes and tear against other items.
Dismantle your furniture and carefully wrap each part with either furniture blankets or furniture moving pads. Make sure to secure them with a packing tape after.
If you prefer a fresh and modern atmosphere in your new home, you can just sell all your used furniture instead of paying for its bulky and exhaustive transportation. Use the money to buy new and modern furniture that will also match your house’s ambiance.
Pots and plants
Avoid watering your plants few days before the move. This will avoid leaks that can damage other boxes in the van. Tie the loose branches and provide support for the other high stems. Do not put them in boxes, place them in a spacious container where its leaves don’t touch too much of the other things in the van.
You are the spearhead of the move, therefore, you carry all the loads of stress, from planning to packing to moving to unpacking. You may not be the one carrying the heavy boxes, but you will carry some at least, and that can damage your back, arms or legs. If you have encountered broken thing, you can get hurt with it.
Always take time to relax, plan your move properly and ahead and get as much help as you can afford, from family members or friends to minimize damage on the most precious cargo of al.
Once you have packed all your items, be sure to let your movers know which boxes contain fragile items (even if you have already labeled the boxes). If you are uncertain about your packing skill, ask for help. Puliz Moving & Storage have specialized boxes for fragile items that you can take advantage of. Be sure to call ahead and have a professional mover help you.