Tips to mov­ing to a new home

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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.

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