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7 Ways to Avoid Damages to Your Belongings When Moving

by Daniel Pauly

This is it; everything is ready: Your new house is fully renovated, with the whole place smelling of fresh paint and just waiting for you to make the space your home.

But before you can relax on the couch and watch TV, you must get all your stuff moved in.

With various keepsakes and valuables packed away and large furniture being moved around in your pristine new sanctuary, it is highly understandable that you get a little bit anxious.

After all, there are a myriad of ways moving can go wrong. From packing up and boxing things away to the transport to and from vehicles and out of into properties, you might find items lost, cracked, or even irreparably damaged.

These all constitute a moving family’s worst nightmare. To prevent this worst-case scenario from coming true, check out these top tips.

Take Stock and Do Inventory

If your moving plan is to pack everything up and move them into your new place, you might want to rethink that strategy.

While we accumulate lots of knick-knacks because they have sentimental value, many of these items do not last long in our hearts and end up as needless clutter.

You know what I mean: Movie ticket stubs, gifts from friends or family that you do not really like, old clothes, childhood toys. Do you want these things in your new place, even if you have space for them?

Go through your house and do a quick declutter and clean-up before deciding on what you want to bring with you when you move.

Only keep the things that you need to live or really want. The rest you can sell, trash, donate, or recycle.

Make sure that all the items you are moving end up on a list. It will help later if this list is categorised meticulously.

You may also find it easier to digitise the list. Doing these things will help you later when you are unloading and unpacking.

When you do your homework beforehand, you are making sure that no item gets (unintentionally) left behind in the move.

Call in the Professionals

If you feel like all this is too much work, well, maybe calling in a professional  furniture removalist Newcastle is your best move.

A good moving company will have the right expertise and all the best tools and equipment to ensure your moving experience goes as smooth as butter.

Make Sure Everything Fits

One of the ideal ways to make sure everything goes smoothly on moving day is by first measuring everything.

This means the height, length, and depth of all your furniture. Remember that list? This is where that comes in handy.

Then, head to your new place and make sure that every piece of furniture can fit through your front door.

Do that also with all the other entryways, all hallways, and stairwells. Make sure that there will also be enough space for you to move around comfortably when the furniture is in place.

And once you are done with that? Do all the measurements one more time to be safe. You do not want to end up stuck outside your new home because your bed frame cannot fit through the door.

Padding Up and Taping Down

It is better to proactively prevent damage to your belongings. To ensure that all your items, whether big or small, are safeguarded during the trip and loading and unloading, make sure that they are adequately padded with the right materials.

This is especially important for fragile items like crockery and glassware. Use corner protectors on mirrors and art or picture frames; crumpled newsprint, packing peanuts, or bubble wrap work great for protecting your valuables.

Make sure that your items do not move about in their boxes by filling up gaps or taping things down.

Even your furniture should be given due consideration as you do not want any tears, scrapes, or stains to materialise because of the move. Plastic wrap or moving blankets are good options for this.

The Right Containers

You might think that having a few big boxes as possible is best. Unfortunately, that is a sure way to make sure something breaks, or someone gets hurt. Make sure your boxes are suitable for the items they carry and never overfill a box.

Choose containers made of sturdy material that will not get crushed or collapse if jostled. That said, cardboard is not always going to cut it.

Getting or renting specialty items for the move, such as plastic moving boxes, might save you some worry and heartache.

Also, make sure to mark everything correctly, with labels or notes such as “Fragile” and “This End Up” being some critical examples.

Disassemble and Store

If something big can be made smaller, that is going to help loads on your move to save space. It also helps to make sure nothing gets broken.

Disassemble your furniture, especially items with parts that stick out, and package them individually.

Try to label each piece if possible, as you are going to have to put everything back together later. Make sure to store all the parts together for convenience.

Keeping Chaos Out

Murphy’s Law states that “everything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Luckily, there are steps to take to avoid that kind of chaos on moving day.

Having floor covers, especially non-slip ones, will make sure that your new home will be clean after your move.

Besides, it also prevents falls when foot traffic through your house will be heavy. Use protective padding on your door frames to ensure that no accident will leave a permanent mark.

Think this is overkill? Well, maybe. But remember that as careful as you are, accidents happen.