30 Apr Keep Your Belonging Dry During Your Next Move
It is common knowledge that relocating is a costly affair. The cost can, however, turn out to be extensive or even long term if your belongings get damaged in the process. Water/liquids, for instance, can damage different items in different ways. Electronics may fail to function or blow up; bedding, on the other hand, will be rendered useless, especially 0n the first few days after a move, if they get into contact with liquids. Other items such as wooden furniture will simply lose their beauty and value when exposed. There are however measures to take if you want to keep your belongings dry during your next move, here a few tips to consider;
Packing large items
Large pieces of furniture such as beds, couches, TV stands or your favorite accent chair are often left bare when relocating. These items are however vulnerable and costly to replace in case of damage. To secure them, use heavy plastic covering. Luckily, there are specially designed covers for furniture sold at local or online stores. These covers differ in thickness and protective capacity. Couch covers, for instance, are meant to protect furniture from dogs, cats or other pets, but they could also be used when moving. In addition, some items such as mattresses come with plastic packaging. If you’ve kept such safely, use them to protect the large items when moving. If you’re unable to find tailor-made covers for your furniture, find a way to improvise.
Ordinarily, most people pack their belongings in cardboard boxes, plastic garbage bags or plastic packing containers. While these packing options work well under normal circumstance, they may fail to keep your items completely dry if used singularly. Layering will, however, provide more protection against water or other liquids. When packing, start by lining your cardboard boxes with garbage bags or plastic paper before arranging your items inside the layered boxes. If you’re using plastic containers, a similar lining process will also reinforce their capacity. You may consider using duct tape to seal any holes or openings that might allow water passage.
Proper packing techniques will protect your belongings but accidents may also occur. You could be moving in the midst of uncontrollably heavy rainfall. Labels go a long way in guiding the movers. Use them to give special instructions such as “keep away from water/liquids” … “handle with care” or “this side up”. Such labels will help movers protect the most sensitive items such as electronics or valuable furniture and jewelry.
-Look for weather reports and forecasts (for both your current neighborhood and new destination). This will enable you to prepare and pack your belongings appropriately.
-Consider working with a relocation agent to minimize the time you spend loading and off-loading. A relocation company will also offer insights on how to keep your belongings dry regardless of the circumstances
-Invest in protective shoes and clothing if it’s raining, to avoid falls that could expose furniture to mud and water pools
-Consider postponing the moving date if the weather is unfavorable or if you’re not fully prepared.