Caring for More Precious Items during a House Removal
Whether your home is full of priceless antiques, or a bizarre collection of lego figurines, it does not matter, you will want them to be moved safely and securely if you are moving house. You have likely put your heart and soul in to the collection of such items, and it is fundamental that you should protect their value, whether emotionally or financially. But not everyone can afford specialist removals companies that work with antiques and art all the time, so there are things that you can do to ensure that everything remains safe and sound during the move, without relying on just the removals company. Of course, it is imperative that your removals team are good at what they do, as no amount of protective wrapping will protect a vase if it is dropped from a height out of the back of a van, but having been placed in the box, the vibrations of the van moving may cause it to knock in to other things and shatter, which would be terrible. Clever wrapping can protect against such things, so be sure to do your research. For a start, you need to identify those things that you are concerned about. Packing them into a box together will mean that you can more easily identify the boxes that need to be treated with particular care, or even carried with you, if you are particularly concerned. Wrap individual items in tissue paper, and then pack out the empty spaces with bunched tissue, to prevent things from shaking into each other. This negates the need for bubble wrap, and will be cheaper than the plastic based wrap which is bad for the environment. You should use new or at least unused boxes for your best things, as they are less likely to lose their shape, which means that the things inside are at less risk of the box falling over or splitting. When transporting larger items like furniture, you can buy wooden boxes that are dedicated to protecting the more delicate materials used in finer furniture. If this is a bit of a cost too far, then you can simulate the effects of such a crate by placing cardboard or hard board in strategic positions between the items. This will prevent any likelihood of the furniture marking each other, or any delicate parts being knocked off. You should look for smaller extremities before packing, so that you are in a position that you can remove them before they are broken, or if they cannot be removed, at least protected, and made more visible with more card, wood and tape. With picture frames and mirrors, protect the corners with card, or a bit of bubble wrap, so that they are not exposed to harsh vibrations from the floor of the van, that can cause cracking. You will most likely find that mirrors need at least one layer of card over the glass to protect from anything knocking in to it and shattering the glass. Anything that you can do to prtect your items while they are in transit you should, as there is nothing worse than not knowing how they are when locked away back there. However, you should be careful that you do not take up too much room with wrapping and protecting, as this can become highly uneconomical, and will no doubt cause trouble further down the line!