When you adopt a can-do attitude and implement a smart plan, moving home need not be the big drama that everyone thinks it is. When asked about life’s most stressful events, moving will be high on many people’s lists.
One of the primary concerns homeowners has when moving properties from one location to another is to protect their belongings. What steps can they take to prevent any loss or damage to property throughout the process?
If you don’t plan properly, moving will inevitably be a daunting process. To make your life easier, we’ve asked some of our moving experts, most with decades of experience in the field, for some tips to make moving home easier.
# 1 Always disassemble larger items before moving them
To save on transportation costs, resources and time, if you can dismantle the larger items in your house before loading them onto your moving truck, do so. For example, anything listed below should be certainly be disassembled in advance to make the process easier.
Any beds need to be taken apart, removing the mattress, frame and rails and putting the sheets and the bedding in a box or bag.
Your tables should also be taken apart by removing the base from the top for effortless movement.
Any shelving that can be dismantled depending on whether it is wood, metal or wire
#2. Measure everything beforehand
To avoid underestimating or overestimating the truck space you will need, try to get, or at least estimate, the dimensions of all your valuables before moving them. This can save you a lot of time and money.
#3. Provide plenty of blankets or packing material
It’s important to have enough moving blankets to protect your valuables and larger furniture when you move them. They will cover your valuables’ surface and prevent them from being damaged during the transportation process to your new home.
By using the services of a professional moving company, you don’t have to worry about blankets. However, if you work your own schedule, you can easily purchase or rent blankets from a local hardware store or online retailer.
#4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Trying to do everything alone is not a good idea. Solo moves regularly result in unnecessary damage and injuries.
Homeowners often completely underestimate the difficulty of moving larger pieces of furniture. Especially as the move starts, larger items are just going to appear heavier and more difficult to deal with. Not being prepared for such situations can easily produce some disastrous outcomes. So if you’re going to undertake this move on your own, make sure you arrange the help of a team of other people.
If you are undertaking a move in a tight time constraint, especially one that involves moving larger items such as pianos or a heavy appliance, our experts recommend that you work with a group of trained moving professionals. Especially if you need to transport larger truck loads of belongings.
#5 Label boxes correctly
To protect your move, it’s important to label your boxes correctly whether they contain heavy or fragile items. With fragile items, they should all be packed into a sturdy carton or box and be carefully wrapped beforehand. The easiest way to label these is to purchase some shipping tape that has a fragile written on them. Here are some other items or materials you should use when packing fragile items.
- Polystyrene filler
- Liquid foam packaging
- Bubble wrap
Another effective way to maximize your need for boxes and to keep your fragile items protected is to simply nest a smaller item inside a larger one. This will help protect and keep valuable items secure during a move, especially if you’re worried about making the most of the space you have when moving.
#6 If you have any doubt use the services of a professional
The easiest way to protect your move is to put it in the hands of a professional. Whether you are moving across the street or down Route 66, a team of professional movers will have all the tools, experience, expertise and vehicles you need to provide the protection your belongings deserve.
Working with the expertise derived from years in the industry will help protect the belongings you’ve worked long and hard for. If you are worried about the quality of the professional moving company you work with, always look to see if:
- They have a BBB (Better Business Bureau) accreditation?
- They can provide you with testimonials and references from customers.
- To see many years of relevant professional experience, they have.
- They fully licensed and insured.
If you need the help of a professional moving company whether you’re moving across the street or over a long distance please contact us today. One of our team will only be too delighted to assist you and provide you with a free estimate.
#7 Start packing today
Last but not least, the final tip our experts give you is, once you have made your decision to move, you should at least allow six to eight weeks to get yourself fully organized.
This is especially true if you want to work with a reputable moving company. As most people want to move on convenient days such as Friday afternoons or Saturday mornings. These times are tough to book and will need to be done so well in advance.
You will also need to arrange premature delivery of any packing materials and boxes that you need. Any time you can spare to organise things in the weeks running up to move will help you safely pack for and protect your good during the move.
Moving is also the perfect opportunity to clean out your closet, so booking a skip will allow you to get rid of a lot of stuff that you no longer need. You should also try to either pass on or donate anything you think may be of benefit to others.
The easiest way to achieve this is to do a full inventory of all your belongings, carefully deciding exactly what needs special care and attention. Taking photographs of anything that made already be damaged to prevent any misunderstandings should you use a moving company.