Packing Your Valuables
In every home, there are those irreplaceable and incredibly valuable things that cost a fortune. It could be a painting, your grandmother’s china, expensive jewelry, antique objects or even a family heirloom. What makes the difference between packing these items and packing your regular clothes is that if they are accidentally dropped by movers they will break and be destroyed and you cannot replace them. So, how do you pack the valuables during a move so they are safe?
Proper packing supplies
Instead of reusing those old boxes from your last move, buy a few new boxes for the valuables. Make sure the cardboard is strong and dry and there is no sign of wear and tear. You will also require a good amount of packing paper and bubble wrap to protect the items and duct tape to seal the boxes all round. Double tape the bottom of the boxes and line them properly with a few sheets of bubble wrap before wrapping the valuables.
How to pack different valuable items
Framed art and flat screen TV: There are special TV boxes designed to carry big flat screen TVs and wall art. Wrap the television or the painting with enough bubble wrap on top of lining the inside of the box with a few sheets. If the painting is glass protected, pass a huge x along the flat surface with masking tape to keep the glass intact.be sure that the item is not moving at all inside the box.
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Jewelry and electronics: When buying these two items, they come with their own boxes and protective foam inside. Whenever you are moving, return them into their original boxes and seal them. If you lost the original packaging, you can use cardboard cards and sunglass cases to protect your jewelry and line up boxes with enough foam and bubble wrap to carry electronics.
Antique furniture: Cover the entire piece with moving blankets and then wrap with enough wrapping paper. Any protruding legs or arms should be covered with bubble wrap and the movers must be very careful while loading them into the truck.
How to move fragile valuables
Despite your best efforts and knowledge of protecting your valuables, there are some things which are just too delicate. These things include kitchen sets, piano, wine collection and heirlooms. It is worth considering hiring a luxury moving company because they specialize in moving such delicate and fragile items.
The best way to move valuables is to take them into your car instead of putting them in the truck with all the other things. However, if you don’t have that option, have these items insured separately so you can be compensated if anything happens to them.
Packing valuables requires special skills and supplies. A packing expert recommends that you don’t label the boxes you put your valuables with the exact name like jewelry or fine art to avoid theft. The good news is the right moving company, can move your valuables safely without any incidences.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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