Cassidy's Moving and Storage
How to Prevent the Most Common Breakages During Your Move
After over 100 years of experience, Cassidy’s has had the time to perfect the art of packing virtually every kind of possession you can think of. We’ve also been called in to help exhausted homeowners who are tired of doing their own moves and want some professional help.
One of the reasons homeowners call on us is experience with breakages when doing their own packing. If you’re doing your own packing for your next move, you’ll want to take extra care with these kinds of possessions.
1. Electronic Equipment
New flat panel TVs, computers and sound systems keep getting more powerful, but have smaller and more delicate parts than ever.
If you know a move is likely, save the packing boxes and styrofoam when you buy new electronics. If you’ve already thrown yours away, try a non-scratch microfibre cloth over screens, then wrap in generous layers of bubble wrap, and then encase in a sturdy box. Learn more tips for packing your electronics >
Our green friends are heavy but fragile. To help reduce their weight, avoid watering them at least a few days before your move. Trim back any branches or other growth that may be vulnerable and likely to be torn off anyways.
If you’re putting plants in boxes, make sure the pots can’t tip by wrapping crumpled around and between them. If you’re closing the lid, make sure there are air holes, and be sure to mark the box “fragile”. For plants that are too big, you’ll have to take extra care.
Plants should be one of the last things into the van, and one of the first things to come out.
Large, heavy, and leggy, tables often take some damage when moving. If possible, remove the legs from your table and protect every piece individually.
If this isn’t possible, you’ll still want to make sure your table is protected with old blankets, cardboard or even bubble wrap, depending on the value of the table and the delicacy of the finish.
Move tables early during the move when you’re still fresh. Don’t stack boxes on top of tables in your van, as you may exceed the weight it was designed to carry. Remember that the van will be travelling down less-than-perfect roads, so some jostling is inevitable.
4. Your Property
Moving is tiring, and mistakes can happen. Door jambs and walls can take a beating.
For DIY movers, the only solution is to prevent yourself from getting too tired. If you have early access to your new home, making multiple trips is a great way to do this.
5. Glassware and China
Most people try to pack their dishes and glassware with care, but technique matters. Consult our guide on packing your dishes to help you get it right.
6. Framed Artwork and Mirrors
It’s not enough to throw a mirror or set of framed canvases in a box. You have to protect the faces of each piece, and pad heavily below the frames. Each piece should be packed individually if it’s important to you.
Any box containing artwork should be marked “fragile – artwork – this way up”.
7. Bottles of Alcohol
Bottles are surprisingly heavy, but people often neglect to provide enough padding around them.
It’s not just lack of proper packing. Wine, especially, is vulnerable to heat. If your collection is important to you, don’t leave it in a parked car baking for hours.
If your collection is very large or valuable, Cassidy’s can provide refrigerated trucks to help your wine stay cool.
They’re heavy and delicate, and critical to your daily routine. Your appliances are not only difficult to move, they’re so bulky that people don’t always protect them enough (assuming they’re worth moving – here’s how to tell if they are).
The most common victims are new front-loading washers. The spinning drum has to be protected during the move with the original shipping/stabilizing bolts. If you don’t have the original installation kit, your local hardware store should have one. Appliances should also be strapped down in the van.
Moving your possessions yourself is hard work. After several hours of hoisting and lifting heavy objects, it’s no wonder some people get injured. One of the most common injuries will come as no surprise: it’s back strain.
Always maintain proper body alignment and lift from the knees when hoisting. Lift straight up: don’t twist and lift at the same time. Packing heavy objects in smaller boxes will make for more trips to the van, but safer ones. Don’t forget to have two people for awkward objects.
Make use of hand trucks/dollys for heavier objects. Be honest with yourself about what your abilities are – it’s better to hire a professional than to have to live with a permanent injury. It’s just one of the many unexpected costs and risks of DIY moving.
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