Handle With Care: 3 Commonly Damaged Items During a Move

  • By Tonya Davis
  • 24 Aug, 2016

Handle With Care: 3 Commonly Damaged Items During a Move

As you prepare for your upcoming move, you can anticipate some of your delicate valuables suffering damage. Your grandmother’s China, for example, looks ready to crack with the smallest sneeze. Your newly purchased 3D TV, similarly, would shatter at the drop of a hat.

To keep these items safe, you may pack your plates, glasses and bowls with extreme care. You might even purchase customised boxes from your mover and surround monitors and speakers with more bubble wrap than you could possibly fit in a normal box.

However, some pieces may surprise you with their fragility. What may look as durable and strong as stone could easy dent, chip, crack and warp during travel. The following items, in particular, tend to undergo the most damage during your average move.

1. Bulky Furniture

Your living room sofa seems big enough to withstand a tornado without budging, and its soft, plush pillows seem more than able to absorb any blows during a move. But despite its size and built-in cushions, your couch might easily lose a foot when dropped or crack an arm when pushed through a narrow doorframe.

Before your move, remove any smaller parts if possible (such as detachable legs, loose pillows or covers). Then, carefully wrap any edges, feet or corners in protective bubble wrap or blankets. Clear a path from your furniture to the door, and if necessary, remove the door from its hinges so you have plenty of space to manoeuvre. 

As most accidents occur when individuals try to move too much on their own, make sure you have plenty of help lifting and transporting your couch or other particularly large pieces. Additionally, you should encourage your team to use proper lifting techniques and moving equipment.

2. Sporting Equipment

Typical sporting equipment will protect you during gameplay, and most items can take a hit without so much as suffering a scratch. Your hockey helmet, for example, can withstand a puck flying at speeds close to 160 km/h. Your golf clubs can hit a golf ball and deliver forces as strong as 1,814 kg.

Unfortunately, neither your helmet nor your golf clubs will hold up well when thrown carelessly in the back of a moving truck or stuffed next to a 190 kg armoire. Similarly, your ski boots, tennis racquets, lacrosse stick or cricket bat could crack, crumple, warp and shatter if not packed properly.

Always use the original sports bags, pouches and carrying cases for your individual equipment. If you don’t have official bags for loose baseballs, footballs or tennis balls, feel free to stuff them in a thick pillow case to prevent them from rolling around during the move. Once everything is in its respective case, place your sporting gear in a separate plastic storage bin for extra protection.

3. Washer and Dryer

Your average washer and dryer consist largely of sturdy, durable steel, making them seem invincible compared to your other appliances. A plunger can effectively remove any small dings your washer and dryer may suffer during the move, and if you need to, you can use a flat-ended hammer to bang out stubborn dents.

But dents aren’t your only concern when moving your washer or dryer. If you don’t secure the drum, the bumping and jostling of travel could result in a misalignment, rendering your machine completely useless. And if you don’t properly drain your machine, the water could drip into the electrical components.

Prior to moving, hire a professional to disconnect your appliances and pull them away from the wall. Thoroughly clean your machines, and allow them to dry for at least 24 hours to prevent mould and mildew growth. Secure the drum, and pad each unit with a blanket or cotton sheet (do not use a plastic tarp, as this can restrict air flow).

Hire Professional Removalists to Avoid Damage

With these tips, you can avoid accidents that would otherwise damage your belongings. However, many of these items would do best if handled by a professional removalist rather than your friends or neighbours. To keep your belongings in pristine condition, hire a moving team to pack and transport the heavy, bulky and delicate items for you.
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