Moving isnʼt cheap. And really, it shouldnʼt be. If it is, you might ﬁnd out how expensive it can get when all of your valuable possessions have been destroyed in the move! Whether youʼre hiring a company to help you relocate, or youʼre planning a DIY (Do It Yourself) adventure, keep these handy tips in your pocket to protect your goods.
Use the right-sized boxes. Small boxes are ideal for heavy, dense objects, while larger ones are preferable for lighter items such as pillows and comforters. A large, heavy box is more likely to split or crush other items, so keep an eye on each boxesʼ size-to-weight ratio.
Fill until itʼs still. If a box is rattling around, youʼre risking damage. Fill in the empty space with towels, padding, or other cushioning items to isolate the valuable contents from stop/start or shaking motions.
Pad and side-load dishes. Place bubble wrap or packing paper between dishes and wrap bundles of four or more with extra padding. Be sure to pack dishes on their sides, not ﬂat. This will mitigate the hazard of shattering from accidental side impact! Padding in the bottom and top of the box will provide an additional layer of insurance, too.
Donʼt ﬂatten out your ﬂat-screen. Spend the money on a special packing box for your ﬂat-screen LCD and/or plasma TV. Having the original shipping box is best, but an aftermarket die-cut, foam-supported kit will save you the hundreds (if not $1000+) in replacement costs. Plus, donʼt lay the TV ﬂat or stack any boxes on top.
Tape in the reinforcements. Taping all the way around the top and bottom edges will provide additional support to the areas where most of the load is distributed.
Keep tiny things with big value to yourself. Anything thatʼs small and irreplaceable should be set aside and kept with you during the move. This might be your grandmotherʼs heirloom necklace, vital ﬁnancial/legal documents, or special family photo collections.
What more moving tips? Or need an agent to help you ﬁnd that perfect home for your valuables? Call John Gorden with BloomTree Realty at 928-308-0101. John’s Real Estate education has taken him through both Residential and Commercial Real Estate transactions. Trained as an Accredited Buyers Representative with the National Association of Realtors, this ABR designation lets him share positive insights with Buyers regarding the potential purchase of Real Estate.