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The moving day is usually very hectic and exciting, but unfortunately, it can also be very stressful – especially when there are unpleasant surprises in the form of broken or damaged furniture items. Delicate things, like artwork, antiques, mirrors, and similar, can’t just be loaded into a truck and driven away; they have to be handled with care. With that in mind, here’s how you can protect your fragile furniture when moving.

Grandfather clock
If you happen to have one of those old grandfather clocks, you probably don’t want to see it broken. After all, their sentimental value is usually much bigger than their financial one. So, to make sure it doesn’t get damaged, remove any weights and pendulums from it, secure any moving parts, and pack it or crate it. Since it’s usually very heavy, make sure there’s enough padding in the box, and you should have nothing to worry about.

Large photos, paintings, and mirrors

The best way to pack larger photos and canvas paintings is to put them face down on a piece of bubble wrap that is about double the width of the painting. Then, tape the bubble wrap around the painting, and pack the painting in a bit bigger box. Of course, you should label every box, so you know which boxes you need to be more careful with. Moreover, when you start loading the boxes onto the moving truck, make sure they are placed standing up; it reduces the chance of damage. Also, if you can, try to put them in between mattresses, sofas, or some other upholstered furniture. The same goes for mirrors, just don’t forget to secure any hardware that goes with the mirror.

Smaller photos and artwork

Smaller artwork should also be wrapped in bubble wrap and secured with some tape. You can pack more items together in medium-size boxes, label the boxes, and put them on top of some softer furniture, so they are safe during transport. Make sure not to pack too many pictures in one box, though; you don’t want it to fall apart while being carried. Keep in mind that the extra space can always be filled in with lighter items, like linen or paper.

Rent a truck

Since you know exactly how fragile your furniture is, what is in which box, and how valuable all those items are, the best would be to rely on the help of professionals and hire a moving company. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to let somebody else handle your delicate items. This would allow you to organize everything else the way you want it, and not worry about anything getting damaged. Just make sure to give appropriate tips to those professionals. After all, they will be caring delicate and probably some pretty expensive stuff.

3D art

3D artwork, like shadow boxes or block letters, are quite popular decorative elements. However, moving them can become a bit tricky. The safest way to do it is by wrapping them in bubble wrap, just like photos, and packing them vertically. You can also add in some pillows, stuffed toys, or some other soft linen, for some extra padding.

China plates

If you have any expensive china plates, the safest way to pack them is by using barrel cartons. The bottom of the carton can be layered with packing peanuts or crumpled paper for some padding. Needless to say, before you place the plates in the box, you should first wrap them all individually. You should place them in the carton sideways, so there’s room for fillers. You can fill in any extra space with more papers, and make sure not to place anything heavy on the carton.

Smaller sculptures

Packing sculptures is always scary since it only takes one wrong step to break them. Moreover, sculptures like swans, elephants, and most animals, have extended parts that are especially vulnerable to being snapped off. In order to protect a sculpture, you need to cover it in plastic wrap first – to protect the finish. Then, wrap the vulnerable parts of the sculpture in bubble wrap. After you’re done with the vulnerable parts, you can wrap the entire sculpture. Once you’re finished with that step, you should end up with an egg shape, which you can then put in a box with some padding.

Larger sculptures

First, you need to know the approximate weight of the sculpture so you can choose an appropriate box. Sometimes, a cardboard box will simply not do, and you’d need a wooden crate instead. If the sculpture is not too heavy (depends on the material it’s made of), you can, perhaps, use a cardboard box – but with a lot of padding. Either way, wooden crates, in general, are a good thing to have. They are sturdy, and they are noticeable, which means that they are less likely to be mishandled. And even if they do, whatever is in them is more likely to survive the moving process.

When it comes to moving, the last thing you want is to start unpacking your things only to find some of your most valuable items damaged or broken beyond repair. So, make sure to pack every fragile item correctly, pay attention to how you stack the boxes in the truck, and they will be safe in your new home in no time.

Moving home to a different place is a huge source of anxiety, panic, and exhausting activities that never seem to end. Moving your household to another part of the town is stressful enough, not to mention interstate moves, where odds increase for your items to get damaged, misplaced, and spoiled in bad weather, or you to face extra costs due to delays and professional movers’ incompetence. With so many things to take care of, there are many opportunities for something to go wrong. Here’s a list of common problems you may encounter and ways to avoid them. 

Having no place to stay

Don’t start a relocation process unless you have arranged your family lodgings until the new home is ready for you to move in. Failing to find a home for a few days leaves you with the additional stress of not knowing where to stay once your items reach the destination. A hotel might be a solution but, then you’re in a hurry to get down with the move to avoid paying for hotel rooms. Hurrying things up inevitably leads to mistakes, and you might do something otherwise if you had your plan worked out. Visit your new locality beforehand and book suitable lodgings for your family so you can oversee the move without thinking how much a room costs for every day of delay. 

Common Problems When Moving Homes and How to Avoid Them

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Hiring undependable movers

While some problems may stem from your inexperience or negligence, there are also some external ones you can’t directly control. You hire the realtor and the movers hoping to get a professional service, and yet some of them are looking to make quick money off their clients, either disappearing with your deposit or change the arrangements so you’re forced to play by their rules. While this scenario isn’t your fault, you can avoid it with a bit of research. When looking up moving services in your area, make sure to read their customer reviews. Check out their social media profiles and feedback telling whether common people like you were happy with dealing with them. Seeing how they deal with their customer queries and complaints can help you decide which companies are honest and which ones to avoid.

Damaged or lost property

Negligence during transport and insufficient protection are among the main concerns by people looking to move their furniture and property. Apart from getting broken, crushed, bent, or squashed, items are sometimes misplaced or even stolen. To prevent this from happening, try to find a packing and moving service that reassures to handle your items with care. One way to make sure your items are safe is to choose shipping container transport, as an upgrade from s simple truck service. The shipping company will deliver an empty 20’ or 40’ shipping container to your address, together with packing blankets and ties for securing your goods. These moving containers are modified with tie rails and points so your goods can be secured and protected during transit. Another perk of choosing a shipping container is the flexibility of transport as you can arrange it to be hauled by either road or railway. 

Lack of scheduling

Overwhelmed with their own schedules, many homeowners only contact a moving company a day or two before the scheduled moving date. Not only does this cause immense stress and pressure of getting everything done at the last minute, but there are chances that most removal companies will be booked weeks in advance, so they will have neither staff nor vehicles to spare. In a slightly better scenario, you’ll be left to choose among the last ones on your list, risking to hire undependable services (see number 2). Remember to contact and book services you need well in advance, even a month earlier or two wouldn’t be out of line. People often underestimate the scale of the job and time required to pack, so they end up with their schedules wildly extended. 

Common Problems When Moving Homes and How to Avoid Them

Unfavourable weather

While a few raindrops on a moving day won’t cause much harm, a violent hailstorm may run your plans completely. Hauling large metal appliances in a thunderstorm isn’t the smartest move, and neither is risking your electronics to get soaked in torrential rain. Luckily, even if the weather forecast turns wrong, and instead of a nice sunny day you have raining cats and dogs, the heavy rain can easily turn down into a drizzle so you can proceed. However, make sure all the helpers you hired wear appropriate clothes and sturdy boots, as well as to have all your items wrapped in nylon covers to keep them dry whom both the rains and wet ground. 

A smooth home moving experience can be carried out with a bit of thought and consideration. While there are some factors you can’t control, much of the problems can be prevented with careful planning. Unless you have someone whose first-hand experience you can use, make sure to take some advice from these five tips.