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You’ve called in movers or organized a van or a truck to move your belongings and all you have to do now is prepare your stuff for the actual move. No matter how close or how far you are relocating, it only takes a second – a pothole or sudden change of traffic lights and your mirror could break or your wooden table could get scratched. Also things tend to get lost in moves so this is another reason why protecting your belongings is of crucial importance.
Make a list
In moves, things tend to get misplaced. This is why more important items, especially the small ones, should be accounted for before the move. The same goes for all screws and bolts when dismantling your furniture, as it is so easy to misplace them in a hurry. You should find a way to keep them safe, such as buying plastic bags and taping them to the piece of furniture from which they were taken from. Also don’t forget to label them.
Plan your route
In most moves, shortest routes are usually seen as the best routes, but that might not always be the case. Take everything into consideration, from the actual room the piece is at, all the rooms it has to go through, the road to the new place (maybe the longer road is a safer option), and all possible doors and rooms you will have to move it through. For instance your bed could be moved out of your house in one piece but couldn’t enter your new home. This can save up a lot of your time and effort, as you might realize that your bed should have to be dismantled before the move.
Buy the wrapping material
Though you can use your pillows, previously sealed in plastic bags, to protect your furniture in the moving truck, you should also stock up on bubble wrap, tape, boxes and plastic bags. You should acquire all these before the moving day, but you don’t have to buy all of them. For example you might not need to buy boxes, instead you can ask for some from your friends, at work or in some of your local stores.
Most would like to skip the dismantle part, but experience has taught me to dismantle as much as possible. This is especially important for more fragile or heavier pieces, or pieces that might not fit through all entrances. Moving them around as well as fitting them in the truck will be much easier.
Bubble wrap all of your furniture and seal all of your boxes at least a day before the move. This way you can organize how you will place each piece in the moving van and in what order. This is also a good tip in case you might need some more packing material, so that you have enough time to get some more.
The more fragile pieces, breakable or finished furniture should be extra protected, first bubble wrapped and possibly sealed in a box, and second placed carefully in the moving vehicle and surrounded by pillows to prevent collision with other furniture.
Store what you don’t need
Companies such as SES Melbourne recommend storing some of your possessions if they aren’t needed in your new location, at least for the time being. Set aside the things for storage and choose whether you will move them or should you call in the professionals at a storage company.
Heavy stuff first
After wrapping almost everything you own, it is time to place it all in the van. In the case you can move all things at once, you should start with the heaviest pieces first. Of course, you should place soft belongings like pillows between them as well as between more fragile things.
Safely relocating your furniture from point A to point B is a stressful endeavor. Start early so as to prevent any hiccups along the way. Buy the necessary wrapping materials to protect your possessions. You should also dismantle what can be dismantled and wrap it all up. With a little bit of planning and some bubble wrap and tape, your belongings are sure to be safe and sound at the end of your move.
Bio: David Koller is a freelance blogger passionately interested in minor house fixes and home décor.