Top Tips to Avoid Damage When Moving Out

Whether you’re moving out of a rental house or a home you own, you need to take proper precautions to prevent property damage from occurring during your relocation. If your property is going to be put on the market, chipped walls and scratched floors will negatively effect the sale. This is why it needs to be in perfect condition after moving in order to pocket the most money out of the deal. If you are moving out of a rental home, you also need to leave the property in excellent condition if you want to get your security deposit back. Whatever your moving situation is, here are some tips to help protect your property when relocating.

Hire Professional Movers

The easiest way to avoid damage when moving out is to hire a trustworthy moving company. Professional movers have all the required equipment, along with the necessary skills to ensure your belongings are moved in a safe and danger-free manner. They also have enough experience under their belts to foresee every potential risk so they can take adequate measures to keep your home and personal items safe.

Properly Pack Your Belongings

To help reduce the risk of damaged items during your move, it’s important to pack everything safely and securely. This means using adequate packing materials, sorting out your belongings, and packing every single item based on its weight, shape and fragility. Here are some tips:

  • Use sturdy boxes;
  • Secure boxes with heavy-duty packing tape;
  • Provide sufficient padding inside boxes, containers, etc.;
  • Avoid placing too many heavy items inside one box. Instead, distribute hefty items into small containers that are easy to carry around;
  • Use large boxes solely for light items;
  • Dismantle furniture and carefully wrap edges that are sharp or protruding.

Use Proper Moving Equipment
Before you move heavy items – furniture, large appliances, etc. – it’s important to use proper moving equipment to facilitate your needs. Otherwise, you risk serious injury. Below are some well-known tools that will help make moving large, bulky items easy, as well as keep your home damage-free.

Dolly/Hand-Cart. With the use of a dolly/hand-cart, you will be able to move heavy furniture or multiple boxes without risking damage to the floors. This tool will also reduce strain on your body, helping reduce the risk of injury.

Moving Pads. Sliding hefty items across the floor in order to move them can lead to scrapes and dents. Moving pads are the most reliable and easy method to tackle this type of task.

Straps. Cabinet doors, desk drawers, and other belongings that open, can easily do so when being moved. The result: wrecked floors and damaged door frames. To avoid problems like these, use moving keeps them properly secured.

Safeguard Your Property

Property damage is very possible when moving house. This can negatively affect a home being put up for sale as well as cause rental deposits to be forfeited. With adequate measures and materials to avoid accidental damage during your move, safeguard your properly with items like these:

Furniture Blankets. Furniture blankets serve multiple purposes which makes them very handy when safeguarding your home from moving damage. They can be used to create a protective barrier for furniture, floors, walls, etc. You can also drape and secure them over bannisters to eliminate damage when moving items up and down stairs.

Plywood Sheets. Hardwood and tile floors are highly susceptible to harm, especially when hit by a heavy appliance. To safeguard your floors, cover them with sheets of plywood to absorb any damaging blows on moving day.

Carpet Film Protectors. These protectors are designed specifically to protect carpets by providing them with a tear-free, non-slip surface. They also do not leave adhesive residue and are suitable for covering all types of floors.

Corner Guards. Moving day leaves corners and edges susceptible to chipping. Installing corner guards around your home prior to moving activities will prevent this form happening.

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Important Steps to Take When Moving Antique Furniture

Moving breakable items is always risky, whether you move a few blocks away or clear across the country. Things get even trickier when the items you need to move include antique furniture. Antique furniture requires a delicate touch and ultimate protection throughout the moving process, otherwise you risk costly – and upsetting – damage that can sharply diminish its value. Since moving antique furniture is such a specialized job, the best choice is to trust in the expertise and special equipment of professional movers. But before you move these precious items, here are some things to do first.

Take inventory

The very first thing you need to do before moving antique furniture is to complete a detailed inventory of all the pieces you own. It is also a good idea to inventory all non-antique furniture that require special packing and handling due to fragility, aesthetic appeal, sentimentality, etc. As you make a list of each furniture piece, be sure to note any existing damage, and also take plenty of clear, high-resolution photos. Photograph each item from all sides and angles, concentrating on pre-existing defects, weakened sections, or extra fragile parts.

Why is it a good idea to take photos prior to your move? Photographs will provide proof of any damage that occurs during the moving process and can be easily provided to both your insurance company and moving company.

To keep or to sell

After inventorying your furniture and having it appraised, you are ready for the next step, which is deciding whether all the antique pieces you own are worth the time, energy, and effort to relocate them to your new home. Antique furniture can be worth a good chunk of change depending on the item and condition it’s in. There is no right or wrong answer when making this decision, so simply opt for the choice that is best for you.

Have antiques appraised

Considering that antiques can be quite valuable, it’s a good idea to have these items insured before your move. This will help cover any potential damage these possessions may encounter during the moving process. However, before you are able to insure your valuables, you will need to have each piece appraised. We can’t stress enough how important it is to know the value of all of your antique furniture prior to moving day. Having these items appraised is the best step towards ensuring their safety. In some instances, you will be required to obtain more than one appraisal as verification of the value of your antiques. This is especially true if you own pieces considered to be priceless.

So how do you find a qualified and trustworthy appraiser? Ask your insurance agent/company or authorized antique dealers about recommendations for locally licensed antique furniture appraisers. You can also try contacting the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) for assistance. Most appraisers charge a flat fee or an hourly rate for their services, so be sure to find out ahead of time how much you’ll be charged.

Purchase insurance coverage 

Once you have your antique furniture appraised, you can then purchase proper insurance coverage. This is by far the most important pre-move task to accomplish in order to protect your antiques. If you are someone who prefers to “save” money by not purchasing insurance for your valuable items, be aware that the risk is almost never worth it. With insurance, even if the worst happens to your antiques during your move, you will still be able to recover the value of these prized possessions. After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Take a closer look 

The final step to take before moving day arrives is to take a closer look at each piece of furniture in order to recognize any potential risks to be battled during the move. This way, you will be able to figure out the appropriate way to protect and care for each piece. Inspect the construction/main frame, top section, legs or feet, and current condition/pre-existing damage like cracks, loose joints, etc. Here are some other things to take into consideration pre-move.

Size: Before the hustle and bustle of moving day begins, it’s vital to ensure all pieces of furniture will easily fit through doors and doorframes in both your old and new home. Measuring the dimensions of all pieces and doorways will make sure moving these items goes smoothly.

Temperature and Humidity: Antique furniture comes in many different types of wood. This makes extreme temperatures and excess moisture very damaging to the delicate finishes found on some of your items. To avoid this, temperature and humidity levels should be the same at both your old and new home.

Problem Spots: Another important thing to consider before your move is to identify any potential problem spots or sections that could prove to be problematic, such as loose shelves, interior parts and non-secured glass. Mark these areas as fragile on your inventory list, and be sure to inform your movers about them before the relocation takes place.

Moving fragile items can be worrisome, but with the right steps, you can turn a risky situation into a success!

How to Move Your Piano Safely and Efficiently

moving piano - photo 2Pianos are an extravagant and treasured piece of furniture. When it comes time to move, you can’t afford to make an error in transporting such a precious and substantial item, no matter what type of piano you own.

A Grand Piano can cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to half a million dollars. They weigh a great deal – 650 pounds to 1,300 pounds – and are also impressive in size, at five feet wide and nine feet long. Upright pianos may not be as “fancy” as the Grand and Baby Grands of the world, but they are still a precious item that needs to be treated with extreme care.

Sure, a piano can be manhandled during a move, but this is a very risky choice that could possibly damage the piano’s interior workings. General repairs can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars, with full rebuilds or serious damage repairs costing much more than minor fixes. As well as repair costs being a potential consequence of trying to tackle moving a piano on your own, the weight and bulkiness can translate to injury to yourself and friends. While upright pianos are easier to handle and transport than the Grands, it is still a very wise decision – and investment – to opt for professionals to move them properly.

Professional piano moving is actually a trade. It requires specialized tools, techniques and knowledge in order to safely transport and navigate a piano from one home to another. A service like this will more than likely cost extra, but the payoff will be huge!

If you choose to move your piano yourself, here are some helpful pointers to make the process a success.

tape measure - photoMeasure. In order to know how you will be able to safely move your piano out of your home and into your new home, measuring is key. Measure the piano, as well as doorways, stairwells, etc. Otherwise, you may find out on moving day that the hallways are too small to even get your piano out the door! Having all of the required measurements is the only way to configure a way to move your piano.

Tools. Moving a piano is different than grabbing a cardboard box and toting it to the moving truck. Pianos are extremely heavy and awkwardly shaped, plus they are easily damaged and broken. In order to move an item of this magnitude safely and efficiently, you’ll need the right tools and equipment, such as piano dollies, protective cloths and furniture piano dolly - PHOTOpads. Don’t forget an extra set or two of hands! You’ll want to make sure you have some trusted – and strong – friends that are willing to help you move your piano.

Safety Measures. There are several safety measures to consider and take when moving a piano, such as locking the lid of the piano and also ensuring the piano rollers can withstand movement. The last thing you want to have happen while moving a piano is for the rollers to break and your back to go out trying to lift it into the moving truck.

When you finally get the piano on the moving truck, it is extremely important to secure it correctly. A piano should be placed at the back wall within a moving truck and secured with straps. It should also be covered with furniture pads so it will stay protected from scratches, dings and other potential damage.

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Essential Supplies for a Successful Move

 

essential moving supplies - blog PHOTOThe moving process is long and tedious. Even after making the official decision to move, you still have to pack all of your belongings and tackle moving day. To get everything done smoothly, efficiently and safely, it’s vital to gather the correct and necessary supplies. For everything you’ll need, check out our essential supply guide.

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To prepare for the moving process, start by collecting the small, but totally necessary supplies first.

  • Tape Gun/Dispenser. A roll of tape and scissors. If you’ve ever gone this route when using tape, you know just how slow and irritating it is. Using a tape gun/dispenser is the optimal way to tape boxes quickly and efficiently.
  • Utility Knife. Yes, you probably have a kitchen drawer full of knives, but avoid using them as a moving supply – it’s dangerous and just not a good idea. A utility knife is your best bet for opening boxes, cutting cords and ropes, and so on.
  • Hammer. A hammer will come in very handy when packing. Use it when taking artwork off the walls, and make sure to remove all nails as you go!
  • Screwdriver. Screwdrivers are important tools to always have in your toolbox. For all of the furniture that needs to be disassembled and reassembled, a screwdriver will be your go-to tool.
  • Gloves. Just as you want to protect your belongings during your move, you should also protect your hands from cuts, scrapes, pinches and blisters. While gloves are an often-overlooked moving supply, believe us when we say that they’re a very important one.

Equipment

dolly - PHOTOMoving involves handling many heavy objects, from boxes to furniture to major household appliances. To avoid body strain and serious injury, it’s important to rent (or buy) certain moving equipment. Here are some items that will greatly assist you on the day of your move.

  • Dolly. Moving a washer and dryer or something else just as heavy? Then a dolly should be at the top of your moving-supply list. Dollies are designed to help move items weighing up to 1,000 pounds. A sturdy dolly will help protect your back and muscles from injury; it will also make the moving process much faster.
  • Lifting Straps. As handy as a dolly is, lifting straps are another moving supply that prove very effective. With the help of a friend, these straps make lifting large items, like furniture, less straining and much easier.
  • Hand Truck. While similar to a dolly, a hand truck is typically designed to carry up to 600 pounds. They are a great help if you want to transport smaller items, like a stack of boxes.

Packing Supplies

packing paperIn order to prepare for the day of your move, you have to pack. This means you will need to gather all of the must-have packing supplies. The following will be the most useful.

  • Bubble Wrap. For all of the awkward and breakable items in your home, bubble wrap is the perfect way to keep them all safe and secure. Not to mention, popping all those bubbles post-move will be a fun treat.
  • Packing Paper. Sure, newspaper can be used for packing, but it’s quite messy, leaving your hands and whatever you pack covered in black ink. Packing paper is designed specifically for moving, providing excellent protection and no mess!
  • Trash bags. Trash bags may be used to contain some pretty gross – and smelly – things. But, they can be used for so much more! Trash bags are a very handy packing supply for items, such as towels, clothes and soft toys.
  • Rubber Bands. During a move, furniture doors, jewelry box lids, etc. can easily pop open. Avoid this by securing all doors and lids with rubber bands. You can also use rubber bands to secure electrical cords and any other items you want to keep together, like pens and pencils or silverware.

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Must-Have Packing Supplies For A Successful Move

When you have a big move coming up, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. There is a lot to do after all. Hiring movers, organizing, and deciding what items to keep, donate or throw away. And don’t forget packing – the never-ending task that everyone hates. In order to make your move a success, the first thing you need to do is gather all of the supplies you will need. Must-Have Packing Supplies - blog PHOTOHere are the top five must-have packing supplies you’ll need to pack efficiently.

Boxes, Boxes … did we mention boxes? Packing and boxes go hand-in-hand during the moving process. So a few months before your move, begin gathering as many boxes as you can. Then go out and gather some more because the amount you will require far exceeds what you will ever imagine needing.

To save money, first try collecting boxes from family, friends and co-workers; also check liquor stores and big warehouses that have continuous access to boxes. If you still need more, you can purchase them from package stores, the post office, and so on. Just be sure that whatever boxes you collect are strong and durable.

Resealable Plastic Bags. For every moving box you need, you will also want just as many resealable plastic bags – if not more. These bags will be your best friend pre-move and post-move because they keep everything organized. Use them for keeping all hardware and instruction manuals together, or for storing wires and plugs, which can become a tangled mess when simply thrown into a box.

Tape Gun. Have you ever tried to wrap a present or seal up a box without a tape gun? The mere thought probably drives you nuts as you recall the time and hassle it took to tear off a million individual pieces of tape. Enter, the tape gun. Using a tape gun is the optimal tool for packing, saving you time and hassle.

Bubble Wrap. Bubble wrap or packing peanuts? Ya gotta pick the bubble wrap! After all, who can resist the incredible urge to pop those alluringly squeezable bubbles? Bubble wrap can of course be a fun toy, but it is also very helpful when packing. All of those little bubbles of air make the perfect protective cushion so your breakables stay in tact during your move. So stock up pre-move and when your move is over, pop, pop, pop away!

Markers and Labels. Whether you opt for markers, labels, or both, be sure to get them in bright colors and have them handy when packing. Use them to color code boxes for each individual room for easier organization on the day of the big move.

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Avoid Moving Injuries With These Helpful Tips

Avoid Moving Injuries Blog PHOTOMoving day is a culmination of things. Stress and anticipation. Moments of pure chaos. And don’t forget hard labor and lots and lots of sweat. If you’re not careful, you could also add injury to the madness. Moving is already plenty painful without adding injury to the list, so read on for a few tips to help your move go as smooth as possible.

Know Your Limits: The best advice to keep in mind while moving is to know your limits. If something feels too heavy to lift safely, then it probably is. Don’t risk hurting yourself. Stop and get help – from a friend, family member or professional.

Remove Obstacles: Lifting and carrying boxes and furniture can be dangerous by itself. Add in navigating messy floors and it spells disaster. Before moving commences, create enough unconstrained space – inside and outside your home – to allow for free movement and to guarantee safe routes. This means removing any obstacles along hallways and paths that lead to the moving truck, as well as keeping walkways free of leaves, protruding branches, mud, snow and ice – all things that could prove hazardous during a move.

Wear the Right Clothes: The day of the move be sure to wear the right clothes. Avoid baggy clothing that may get caught on boxes or on door frames and cause you to fall. Instead, opt for comfortable garments that are made of breathable, flexible materials.

Proper footwear is also vital to avoiding moving injuries. High heels, open-toed sandals, and slippery soles prove dangerous during a move. The most optimal footwear is sneakers that are supportive and comfortable, as well as provide adequate traction to avoid any slips or falls.

Use Proper Equipment: Hiring a moving company to tackle all the heavy lifting for you is the ultimate way to avoid personal injury on moving day. However, if this is not an option for you and you are planning on a self-move, it is crucial to have and use proper moving equipment. This includes: a moving dolly, furniture pads, moving straps, etc. All of these things will help you move large, household items safely without hurting your back, pulling a muscle or dropping something heavy on your feet.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques: To avoid injury during your move, it is critical to use proper lifting techniques. Here are some helpful tips.

  • Heavy Objects – when lifting heavy objects, lift with your legs, not your back. Bend your knees and use the strength of your arms and legs to lift the object off the ground and carry it.
  • All Objects – when moving objects of all sizes, shapes and weights, hold the item close to your body, using slow and steady movements, while taking small steps.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects over your head.
  • Avoid carrying large objects around for more than several minutes.
  • Whenever possible, push items instead of lifting them (a dolly can help!).

Take Breaks: The moving process can be long and tedious, which makes it easy to try and rush through it. However, rushing through a move can lead to all sorts of problems, especially injuries. For a more successful move, be sure to take frequent breaks to catch your breath, stay hydrated and eat an energizing snack.

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Top Five Tips To Efficient Packing

You’ve found a new place to live. You’ve collected more boxes than you know what to do with. Now all you have to do is pack. Easier said than done, right? As everyone knows, packing is one of the worstTop Five Tips To Efficient Packing - PHOTO parts of moving. But, it must be done. While packing probably seems like a mindless task – it is just throwing things into boxes after all – there is actually a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are some must-know packing tips to help your move go smoothly.

1. Set Aside Your Essentials: Before you pack up everything you own, be sure to put essential items aside. After moving all of your belongings to your new place, there’s a good chance it will take several days – even a of couple weeks – to unpack everything. This is why it is a good idea to consider what items you may need easy access to while everything gets unpacked – think clothes, toiletries, etc.

2. Be A Proactive Packer: You probably think packing ultimately makes you proactive in the moving process. But to be a proactive packer, you must pack boxes in an organized manner. This means sorting items before you pack them. For example, all toiletries in one box, all plates in another, and so on. With every box presorted, you can easily direct each box to a specific location in your new place, and in turn, unpacking will be much more organized.

3. Don’t Overpack Boxes: When packing, you want to be aware of how much weight you are putting inside each box. Overpacking leads to boxes that are far too heavy to lift; it can also cause injuries. When packing, always place heavy items in small boxes, and light objects in large boxes.

4. Pack Breakable Items Properly: Fragile items, such as dishes, mirrors, etc. can be easily broken – especially inside a large moving truck. One way to avoid breaking items is to add plenty of protective bubble wrap or recyclable paper to boxes with fragile items. A good tip for packing items, such as plates, is to wrap each plate separately then stand them vertically on their sides inside a box. This will make any plate-on-plate impact less likely to cause damage.

5. Do A Final Sweep: You may think you have everything hauled away from your soon-to-be past home, but more often than not, a few things always get left behind. Before you say that final goodbye, be sure to do one last house sweep to check for anything you may have missed. Most forgotten places include inside the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine.

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