The Most Commonly Broken Items During A Move And How To Best Protect Them

When you start to pack up your house for a move, you probably wonder what items might not survive the trip. Capitol Moving & Storage wants to give you peace of mind and greater assurance that we can help you take steps to prevent items from being damaged.

Items Most Often Damaged During a Move and How to Protect Them

Below is a list of the items most often damaged during moves and tips for how to ensure that they are not damaged.

  1. China, plates, and other dishes. Each dish, plate, and cup should be wrapped individually to minimize impact with other items.  They should then be placed in a container (moving box or plastic bin) that’s big enough to be efficient but not so big that items on the bottom will break under the weight on top.  You can use packing peanuts or bubble wrap in the spaces between the items to maximize their protection.
  2. Mirrors and picture frames. If you have the original boxes for such items, place them back in those boxes. The advantage of doing so is that you know the box was made for that item, so it will fit properly. For moving, you can secure bubble wrap or foam padding to the edges to further reduce impact from other items. If you do not have the original boxes, wrap the mirror or frame in unprinted newsprint paper and then attach cardboard around the edges, especially the corners.
  3. Wine bottles and bottle collections. If you are a wine aficionado, you will want to take extra care before moving your bottles. It is recommended that you purchase insurance on your wine collection before moving.  If you decide to include your collection in your move, your specialty wine shop will likely be able to sell you moving kits that include boxes with individual cells for each bottle you want protected.
  4. Artwork.  Similar care must be taken with artwork as with mirrors and other frames.  What’s contained in a work of art, though, may be irreplaceable, and you’ll want to make sure that each item is packed in a sturdy box that will prevent other items that may fall on them from damaging what’s inside.  It is also recommended that art that is of high value be insured prior to moving.
  5. Electronics.  If you do not have the original boxes for your stereo or home theater equipment, place these items in similar size boxes.  A helpful hint for the cords for these items is to use zip ties to secure them.  Hand towels and/or kitchen towels can be stuffed in the boxes to prevent movement, scratching, and denting.  Of course, bubble wrap and packing peanuts work too.
  6. Furniture. If possible, dismantle your furniture.  Kitchen tables are often constructed with nuts and bolts that are easy to remove.  You can then wrap each part in a moving blanket to ensure no undue damage.  If you can dismantle your furniture, cover corners and other vulnerable surfaces so that they are not torn or scratched.

Contact Capitol Moving & Storage to Ensure Your Valuables Make it to Your New Home

Capitol Moving & Storage has a stellar reputation because the staff cares about getting your belongings to your new home in their original condition.  If you are in the Connecticut or Massachusetts area, contact us at (860) 415-4400 for your next move!

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