Your belongings matter

Here’s how to take that special extra care

Moving is stressful enough and the last thing you need is having damaged items to contend with once you arrive in your new home. Of course, everyone values their belongings, but that does not always translate into taking good care of them while on the move. A lot of the time damage happens due to failure to plan early enough, something that we hope this article will help you avoid the next time you relocate.

Your belongings matter

Plan for your move

Proper planning involves identifying what resources you require to make your move a success. From your means of transport to the packing materials, you need to take the time to work out how exactly you will move your items to make the process as smooth as possible. You also need to sort out your items so that you move only what is necessary and avoid transporting junk. When you have fewer items to move you will take better care of them.

Prepare an inventory of your belongings

It’s one thing to have a checklist of the items you wish to move, it’s quite another to have a system which easily identifies them and enables you to place them where they belong in your new home. A good inventory system helps you do this.

Gone are the days when you would simply check off items against a piece of paper as they’re loaded into the truck. An electronic spreadsheet is a much more appropriate and dynamic to help you keep your packing list updated and relevant, as moving day approaches.

Packing items sensibly

You need an adequate number of packing boxes before moving day. If you engage a moving company, they probably offer these services hand-in-hand with transportation, if not you can buy packing boxes. Whatever the case, avoid using old boxes that have been put away for a long time as these tend to give way, especially when loaded with heavy items.

Arrange items in the box carefully so that the heavier ones go to the bottom. Also, ensure the weight is properly distributed within the box. This makes it easier to carry the boxes without them tilting awkwardly in one direction or another.

Wrapping belongings

Wrap your belongings, especially those that are fragile, carefully in special wrapping material such as bubble wrap or crush paper. Bubble wrap is strong and can help protect items such as picture frames or flower vases that are prone to breaking on a bumpy ride. Crush paper is suitable for smaller items such as kitchen utensils. Your furniture can also benefit from covers which will protect it during the move.

Categorisation and labelling

Good inventory management involves categorising and labelling items carefully in the boxes as they are packed away for moving. Try and prioritise items by their importance, so that the more valuable items are kept separately for better tracking. You can use colour coding to help you in your labelling so that you are able to quickly move items to their respective rooms in the new building once you move.

It is also advisable to label heavy boxes as such, to avoid them getting placed on top of lighter or more delicate ones, causing breakage in the process. Indicating the correct orientation (“this way up”) of the items can also help avoid damage.

Engaging a moving company

Your belongings matter a lot and you would not want to entrust them to someone you don’t know can take good care of them. Engaging a removal expert helps you draw from their expertise and experience to help make relocation as incidence-free as possible. Make sure you first do a background check, though, and find out what their terms and conditions. Only engage the services of a reputable remover.

Get insurance for valuable items

Find out what type of insurance your remover is providing. In many cases, you will find that it is basic and covers items only up to a certain value. You are therefore better off making your own private insurance arrangements for high-value items – such as antiques and paintings – to avoid difficulties when claiming for damages with the insurer.