Tips to moving to a new home
MOVING your belongings to a new home can be a huge undertaking and unless you’re careful, some things tend to end up a little worse for wear when they’re unpacked at their destination.
Here are the most commonly damaged items during house moves. Figure out which you’re most likely to face, and take adequate precautions.
Glassware The most vulnerable items in any move will usually be your glassware (including your china), so if you want yours to survive you’ll need to provide it with plenty of protection.
Get the right box for the job (not very large and not carrying more than around 4 kg). Wrap individual items separately for protection (ideally they shouldn’t come into contact with other items).
Give each object lots of padding and layering — here’s where to invest all that packing material!
Clearly label any boxes that contain glassware as ‘fragile’ and ‘this way up’. Take your time packing and even consider moving your glassware separately from the rest of your belongings.
Test boxes for movement before you actually move them. If they’re jostling about, add more padding. It doesn’t take much to damage glassware, but it may cost a lot to replace, especially if it’s rare or sentimental.
Photos in glass frames should get the same care. They’re even harder to replace and just as breakable.
Art Art pieces are often extremely delicate and awkward to move. They’re also not cheap and very precious. Canvases don’t look nearly as good with a hole in them, and broken frames can be cause for costly tears.
If you have a lot of art, or highly valuable pieces, consider investing in an art transport company, who will oversee the process with a specialist eye for you. Either way, at least insure your art for the move if you don’t already have it covered.
Movers should use custom containers and materials, including travelling frames and slat crates. Pieces are usually cushioned snugly inside a box that fits them perfectly, so there’s no room for movement.
All art should be marked ‘fragile’, and adding ‘art’ will make it very clear to the handler they have to travel with care.
Most artwork is one of a kind, so don’t risk the damage of a careless move.
Furniture Bulky, oddly shaped, valuable and full of pointy bits; furniture is often a victim when you’re moving house, and this is nearly always a direct result of not having enough help.apart from usually being quite heavy, furniture can also be very awkward to move, so getting help will help avoid damaging the furniture and yourself!
If you can’t get anyone to help, it’s smart to have removalists take care of at least the more difficult furniture items for you.
They’ll wrap it in custom blankets, tape it up and maneuver it over balconies, down stairs, around corners and other places it’s likely to get bruised without assistance.
Pottery The more protection you can provide for your pottery, the better chance it will be of surviving the move, so allow plenty of time for packing carefully and label accordingly.wrap with lots of padding — old clothes can work well as one layer of cushioning, but there’s little better than bubble wrap secured with packing tape.
Be careful, though. While it’s important to bundle up your pottery, you can actually pack it too tightly and increase the risk of breakage. Make sure your wrapping is relatively simple to undo to avoid damaging the item at the other end of the journey when it’s unpacked.
Sporting equipment Sporting equipment may hold it’s own in play, but it’s no match for a rough house move. People don’t think of it as needing the protection of something like glassware or artwork, but it’s sometimes just as sensitive and can be expensive to replace.
Breakages are nearly always due to equipment poorly packed or totally unprotected. If you kept the original packing materials intact, they may offer you a customised starting place for protection.
Check the manuals for over sized or extra sensitive equipment to see if there are special considerations or precautions you need to take when moving it.
If you have any vulnerable sports gear needing to be moved, whether it’s golf clubs, tennis racquets or your bike, take extra care with how you pack, or have removalists take care of it for you.
Plants There is nothing better than having all of your favourite plants with you at your new place, but getting them there can be tricky and they’re at high risk for getting hurt.
Stop watering them a few days before your move to help make them lighter to transport, and if they’re in boxes, make sure they’ve got holes to breathe. Utilise ties or bags to separate plants from one another and protect loose branches that might be broken.
If you’re moving interstate, don’t forget to check if there’s any rules about moving plants or seeds to that location.
If you have large or delicate plants you need transporting, invest in moving services that specialise in plants; otherwise, research the best ways to move the plant, and take your time moving them carefully. Your plants should be one of the first things you unpack to help keep them safe!
You! Your back, your ego, your sleep patterns, your sanity… you’re very likely to be somewhat broken and battered during a move.take time to relax, plan ahead and get as much help as you can afford to minimise damage on the most precious cargo of al.
Do you really need to move it? Moving is always a good time to take stock of whether you still need everything you’re hauling to a new place.
Check through the list above and see if there is anything you should be giving away, selling or throwing out rather than paying to move (and risking damage to). –– Lifehacker.
Moving your belongings to a new home can be a risky undertaking.