Moving day can be tough on anybody because you are going from one place to another. Perhaps you are moving to another city for job reasons and leaving all of your family and friends behind. You might be going to college and having to move personal belongings from your room to an apartment or dorm.
Moving the small items is something that shouldn’t be sweated. It is the larger items that may give you a headache big enough to reach for the aspirin.
Large items are good when handled properly, but often there are issues that pop up that can be prevented.
Often appliances are not moved, simply because most homes come with appliances already installed. Still, you might need to move an appliance into a house. Maybe your dishwasher needs to go to the new home because where you are moving does not have a dishwasher. According to Popular Mechanics, the best way to avoid damage to a floor is to slide a board underneath the appliance and slide the appliance out when it is on the board.
This way the appliance will not scuff, scrape or damage the floor, and your dishwasher will survive the move to a new location.
Say, for example, you have a Victorian-style sofa or living-room suite. This is not like moving a $300 loveseat or a $500 sofa with three places to sit. Victorian sofas or suites can run upwards of $1,000, much higher if they have been handed down from generation to generation within the family. The construction of these sofas in the past was done with heavier materials, meaning these sofas weigh more.
If you are trying to avoid getting the sofa scuffed or chips breaking out of the wood, for example, cover the sofa or furniture with some sort of cloth or protective covering. That way, if there is a scrape on the wall, it is the covering that is affected and not the furniture itself.
Are you an art collector? Chances are you have sculptures or paintings that are definitely worth money and should not be handled lightly. What you need to do here is wrap the art as delicately as possible, likely using a separate box or container for each piece of art you wish to transfer. Make sure the painting, sculpture or piece of art is wrapped in enough protective gear, such as bubble wrap or tight paper, to make sure it survives the trip.
Do you have extra vehicles? Maybe you have more than two cars that need to be moved. Perhaps one of the cars is a Ford Falcon from the early 1960s in pristine condition. Cars like that appeal to collectors, and even if you have no plans to sell the car you still want to keep it in good shape. Maybe you need to transport the car to Fort Lauderdale as part of an overall move to Florida with your family. Local storage is an option here, like climate-controlled storage or other types of storage units. Why storage in Florida for a classic car? With the wind, rain and hail Florida gets, the last thing you want is to see that car get damaged.
Big-screen televisions are easier to handle these days because they are not as bulky. There aren’t as many tubes or electronic equipment inside. Still, that is no excuse to treat a TV shabby. If the TV is a 3D or plasma model, chances are it is worth more money and to fix it would be a pretty penny. Again, you want to wrap a TV in protective gear such as bubble wrap, plenty of plastic or tight paper, or something to prevent scuff marks from forming.
Moving away does not have to be stressful if you follow these instructions and take care of your precious possessions.
Take this advice, breathe easier and admire your undamaged possessions as you complete your move to a new location.