By: Sean Zharfati
As you pack your belongings and prepare for your move, there are some very important guidelines to keep in mind that will both protect your belongings and save you from unnecessary headaches down the road.
- First and most important is to use the right storage solutions for each item you will be packing. Glass and ceramic items, and other similarly fragile or breakable items, need special attention and care when putting them inside storage boxes. Items such as books and papers also need attention – they are not breakable, but can suffer damage in a move or while in storage, and need to be considered when packing.
- Smaller items such as Knick Knacks and the contents of your kitchen junk drawer need to be considered separately, as do oversized items such as mirrors, paintings and the like, all of which need their own storage boxes.
- Another important category that needs special storage solutions are your electronic items – from computers to stereos, these fragile items need to be wrapped and stored in a way that will protect them from any damage during the move and while they are in storage. To protect your electronic equipment, it’s best to pack each item first in an antistatic bag. This prevents the buildup of static electricity during the move. After that, wrap the items with bubble wrap before placing in their storage boxes, to protect them during the jostles and bumps from the moving van and while being carried.
- One common mishap during moves is that furniture, improperly wrapped, gets damaged by the time it reaches its final destination. Many a person has been rightfully dismayed to discover scratches, chips and other damage to their beloved wooden table or bed, and if the item was a family heirloom or antique, it has even greater impact. Items such as those that need special preservation need their own storage solutions. They should be covered in special moving blankets, designed for just this purpose. Then even if the moving van goes over a few extra bumps, or if the driver rounds the corners a bit too fast, the items will be well protected.
- Much care should be taken in packing the van itself, if you have decided to move the belongings on your own. Some moving vans come with special additions on the walls that allow you to tie down the belongings to prevent them from moving around during the drive. As you pack the pan, be sure to nestle all the boxes and items very closely together – this is extremely important. The more tightly packed, the less chance of jostling and breakage.
- If you will be choosing from among many available storage facilities, choose one that is able to offer security for your belongings – against both theft and damage from water or fire.
- Other things to consider are whether the storage facilities offer you 24/7 access to your storage space, and what sizes they offer – no need to pay for a unit that is larger than you need. Check whether the storage facilities offer climate control, as extreme temperatures and humidity can damage certain kinds of items, such as electronics and wooden furniture. Also look into whether they guard against pets, as you don’t want to later unpack your storage boxes and discover that insects or rodents have taken up lodging inside them!
Follow these simple tips and you will have a clear mind, knowing you have done your best to find the storage solutions that will protect your belongings both during and after your move.