Are you trying to build an effective strategy on moving your delicate items to your new house without the risk of damaging them? You must be contemplating on how to best pack your equipment, small and large, for your forthcoming transfer. Irrespective of whether you are making a move locally or in an entirely new city, Movers Alliance has compiled the best tips on how to reduce the risk of damaging items when using a moving company.
An ounce of avoidance
- Smaller devices or appliances require just a little extra care while moving to ensure that they end up totally intact when the day of unpacking arrives.
- See to it that the appliance is totally clean and dry to prevent mold or mildew.
- If there are any detachable or removable components of the appliance (for instance, the glass dish of a microwave), remove them and get them packed separately. We suggest you to stick a note with instructions on how to reassemble every appliance once they are unpacked.
- In order to avoid mixing up of the components, pack the electrical rods with the proper appliance.
- Use suitable boxes and stuff the gaps and empty spaces with non-breakable materials, such as packing paper or packing peanuts. Avoid using plastic totes or boxes from your local grocery store.
Preparing to load
You’ll notice that planning much ahead on how to load reduces fatigue and loading time. At the same time, it ensures that your goods move smoothly and safely.
- Label all boxes with the contents present in them along with the room location of the new room.
- Wrap unboxed goods in plastic stretch wrap, furniture pads or paper padding.
- Upholstered furniture should be wrapped with paper padding, furniture pads or self-adhering plastic wrap to safeguard from punctures and soil.
- Wrap marble table tops, mirrors and large framed pictures using lots of furniture pads and paper padding.
- Use paper padding or moving pads to wrap to wrap metal or wood furniture. Give extra care to the legs and corners.
- Use packing tape or plastic wrap to fasten paper padding or moving pads to furniture. Do not place the tape directly on the furniture.
- When it comes to padding, you need to be extra generous so as to avoid broken items, gouges and scratches.
- Dismantle furniture like entertainment centers, dresser mirrors, footboards, headboards, bed frames and kitchen tables.
- Remember that furniture made up of particle board is prone to damage when being shipped since it’s unable to endure the normal stresses that happen in a moving truck.
- Wrap dismantled table legs or bed rails and roll them up into huge carpets or rugs.
- Remove shelves from armories and bookcases, and wrap each of them separately if they can be removed.
- Remove screws, hardware and other removable parts from furniture and place them in a bag that can be sealed.
- Before the day of moving, measure the doorways to have an idea of the most suitable door for moving large goods.
- Do not leave any food in your freezers or refrigerators.
- It’s always wise to defrost freezers and refrigerators at least 2 day before loading.
- Keep a bag of coffee beans or charcoal inside the freezer or refrigerator to avoid musty odors.
- Disengage ice-maker/water lines and get the cord taped to the back of the freezer or refrigerator.
- Do not tip your freezer/refrigerator on its side to prevent the compressor from getting damaged.
- Drain water from your washing machine one day before loading. Also, do not do a load of laundry on the moving day.
- Place hoses from dryer or washer in a plastic bag and keep them inside the unit.
- Use a moving box for placing glass/trays shelves from refrigerators and microwaves.
Loading your belongings
- Ensure to have a hindrance-free passage from the door to the trailer or moving truck.
- Place a plastic wrap or tarp on the floor to safeguard against dirt and dust.
- Ask two employees of the moving company to remain on the truck while the rest carry your belongings. Our experts can stack and load everything securely.
- Stack your belongings from the floor to the ceiling. Heavy items should be placed at the bottom while the lighter ones can be kept on the top.
- Make tiers between 2 to 3 inches as your team loads. The tier should be as close as possible to the top of the ceiling of the trailer before moving on to the adjacent tier.
- Use the boxes to create a flat surface. This makes the process of stacking at each level easy.
- The heavies, largest appliances and furniture should be loaded first so that the weight is distributed evenly. If possible, place the loveseat/sofa on the end. If the legs cannot be removed, let them face towards the wall. The space between the loveseat/sofa and the wall should be packed with fillers.
- Ensure that the cushions are removed from the couch and place them in plastic bags.
- Make sure that goods that can cause damage are not loaded against wooden furniture or fabric.
Protect your goods with moving insurance
Moving can be a pain to many. Combine this with the worries and stress, and the situation worsens. Besides this, there’s an added anguish-what if something unwanted happens to your goods during the move? What if they get stolen or damaged? Can you receive them in the same condition and shape following the move?
If thoughts like these make you apprehensive, you should probably purchase a moving insurance policy.
Types of moving insurance
Usually a moving company offers two kinds of coverage. These include release value protection and full value protection. The former offers a payout at a given rate, based on the weight of your goods. You can ask your moving firm on the details and they will present you with an evaluation of the policy expenses. The latter is based on the valuation of your goods to be moved. If any item gets damaged, the firm will bear the expenses for either a replacement or repair.
Before buying a policy, ask your moving firm about their highest limits. Most companies provide coverage only up to a certain amount. If the expenses are more than this, you’ll have to pay for the rest.
Is there a moving situation that does not get coverage?
There are many situations in which movers do not provide coverage. The circumstances may differ based on your policy, so here we will discuss only about the basic coverage.
Basic coverage implies that the moving company will not be responsible for boxes that are not packed by them. Even if the box gets severely damaged, they will not entertain your claims. The same thing is applicable if you choose to store your goods at a separate facility which is not connected with your chosen moving company.
In instances of natural disaster like hurricanes, windstorms, fires and tornadoes, you do not get coverage.
Other insurance alternatives
Purchasing a policy from your chosen mover is not mandatory since you can chose from other viable options too. Some home insurance policies can cover a move. If such is the case, you may not need to buy a different insurance policy. The best thing is to get in touch with your home insurer on the highest limits and situations for you get coverage. Following this, you can decide if the option is appropriate for you. Many home insurance providers offer relocation insurance, which is the same as policies that can be found at moving companies.
From dealing with belongings to transferring your pet and much more, we have it all to make your moving experience fun and pleasant. With relocations being carried out 24 hours every day, 7 days a week, we work around your schedule to guaranteed minimal disruption to the workflow. Our support team is always there to help you and you can talk to them whenever you want. Our customers trust us blindly when it comes to long distance moves because of which we have remained at the top. Check out our website and contact us to get started immediately. Movers Alliance is the place to watch out for if you are on the lookout for a trusted and reliable moving service.