10 Tips To Protect Your Household Belongings During Your Moves

Written By Thomas Curry | Updated: Oct 12, 2021

10 Tips To Protect Your Household Belongings During Your Moves

Regardless of the reason you are packing your home, you will want to be sure there are adequate precautions to protect your household items so they arrive at the destination safely and with no damages.

The important factor to successful packing is to sort out fragile items from non-fragile items. Fragile items have to be separately packed to ensure they are properly protected all through the move.

Some people often assume that they don’t need as much care with fragile items when moving locally. However, they quickly find out it was a mistake when they begin to open moving boxes and unpacking.

For safety’s sake, it is important to take some precautionary measures. This will be to make sure that all your belongings are safe and secure all through the move.

And, of course, we are available to help you with that.

Here are 10 tips to make sure you have a safe move for all your household goods.

Choose Your Long-distance movers Carefully

Avoid making the mistake of hiring anyhow person to take care of your valuable possessions. Finding a reliable and reputable moving company is one of the major steps required when looking to protect and secure your relocation. To avoid being scammed on your move, it is important to check if the moving company you plan to hire is well-licensed.

Remember that all professional and reliable long-distance moving companies must have a unique license number obtained from the United States Department of Transportation.

When you chose the right mover, the process can become much easier and stress-free.

Create A List of Your Goods

Before you start moving your stuff out to a moving truck, ensure you have a well-compiled inventory of all your possessions. You may prepare a spreadsheet with the description, quantity as well as photos of all the items.

Although this might cause additional work, taking inventory of your items would greatly simplify your move. Also, it would help you to easily figure out missing items. Also, if your current service provider offers these services in the new location, make sure you add all the features of the security system to your list.

So, create a record of the following equipment:    

  • Lights
  • Cameras
  • Locks
  • Sensors
  • Thermostats

Make a Staging Area For Packing Delicate/Breakable Items

When you have a certain area to pack up your smaller fragile items, the packing will be easier for you. For example, you could make use of your dining room table. Place the items you plan to pack on the surface of the table. Place a box on a chair closer to you. Use bubble wrap to protect the items and then pack them into the box in layers.

Use The Perfect Boxes

Before packing any item, always ensure that you have the right boxes for the items to be packed. If the moving company will be packing up your household items for you, this will be no problem. However, if packing by yourself, you must start thinking about the perfect boxes to get. Start with the size or dimension of the boxes.

You may think that getting a bigger box is better; remember that you have a lot of small and breakable items that are not safe to be packed in one large box.

Doing this could lead to breaking or damaging of small items in a situation where large and heavier items are packed on it. If you have old moving boxes in the garage that you are considering to use, then you should reconsider.

If you get these boxes from liquor or grocery stores, they are possibly wet or damp and may break down during your move. What you need are stronger boxes to prevent damage to your household goods while in the moving process.

Pack Right

Your packing order should be smaller items in different small boxes while large and heavier stuff is packed in larger boxes. Also, get boxes of various sizes. Pack your stuff in the right box. For instance, pack your TV in its original box if you still have it. Your highly delicate set of China should be packed in a sturdy box that has been specially designed for fragile items.

Avoid Being Tempted To Over-Pack Boxes

Forcing too many items into a box is another issue that can lead to damage to delicate items. The item could easily break due to the added pressure resulting from this, regardless of how protected they are. Even though you want to fill each box up as much as it can take, you need to give a little space at the top to allow for sealing of the box so it doesn’t budge.

Don’t Under-pack Moving Boxes

This is one other mistake most people make by packing just one or two fragile items into a box and leaving much space in the box. Unless adequate padding is left in the box, there is more than enough space in the box for the items to move around.

Use Padding

Padding will be required, especially when you pack breakable and fragile belongings. Remember that padding is important in the event where the box is not filled. You want to avoid tossing around your fragile belongings in a box as this can lead to breakage.

You can protect breakable items from damage using bubble wrap and foam peanuts. You could get plain newsprint or tissue paper to pack items like platters, plates, bowls, and other dishes.

However, if you don’t have enough budgets to accommodate this, you may use comforters, T-shirts, blankets, pillows, and stuff animals. These items can give the desired cushioning.

Pack Fragile/Breakable Items Separate From Your Other Household Goods

You need to create different stacks for delicate and breakable items in their area away from other packed items. This will make it easier on the day of your move as you will be able to inform your house movers of the exact boxes that contain fragile items. Also, your movers will so much like that they don’t have to go through boxes while loading up the moving truck.

Avoid StackingHeavy Boxes on Top of Those Packed With Fragile/Breakable Items

As you pack your items, you can easily get distracted and begin to pile packed boxes on top of another. Make sure you are careful to avoid stacking heavier moving boxes on those packed with delicate items.  You can stack up against your packed fragile items, but make sure the heaviest boxes are loaded on the bottom and the lightest boxes on top.

Label All The Boxes With The Contents

Your movers will not know the boxes that contain delicate and breakable items if the boxes are not labeled. Take a few minutes to mark the outside of the moving box on where it should be placed at the new home as well as a summary of the items packed in it.

For example:

  • Kitchen – Wine Glasses
  • Kitchen – Antique Dishes
  • Living Room – Ceramic Figurines

Also, draw easily noticeable arrows on the sides of the boxes that show the direction. Finally, use a dark red marker and write in block letters “BREAKABLES” on each side of the moving box and the top.

Allow Your Long-distance Movers To Help You When Packing Antiques

If you own antiques and other delicate family possessions you plan to move, discuss this with your house movers before you pack them. Your movers know the importance of these items to you and usually have the right technique for making sure they get to the new home safely.

For example, your movers may offer you professional packing and crating services which involves coming to your home some days before the move to pack up fragile items you don’t know how to pack and to create big antiques and delicate items.

Check Insurance Coverage

Check the homeowner’s or renter’s insurance coverage that protects your items to discover if your items are properly covered, whether fully or partially while moving. Be sure to discuss with your insurance agent to get enough clarification on the exact worth of coverage you already have. And if you don’t have any insurance (renter’s or homeowner’s insurance), or the actual policy you have doesn’t cover the items while on the move, what will your next actions be?

Remember that insurance will be provided if you are moving to another state. Licensed moving companies are required by federal law to provide two liability coverage types, which include:

  • Full Value Coverage
  • Released Value Coverage

No matter the extent of the moving company’s liability, it is always nice to buy extra moving insurance when you are relocating to another home. Since valuation coverage is limited and can’t possibly offer you full compensation for any loss and damage to your items, it is usually great to purchase moving insurance through a third-party moving insurance company.

Conclusion

The tips discussed here will keep your household items safe all through a move and make the entire relocation stress-free.

Thomas Curry

Thomas has a degree in literature from Stanford University and a profession in Mass Communication. Thomas is a member of the Moving Feedback research team, an expert in writing educative articles to help readers make the right buying decisions. He is well versed in moving industry matters to give the best advice on moving needs.

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