Hiring a reputable and trustworthy moving company for your move can make all the difference in the world – the difference between an affordable problem-free and stress-free move (good movers) and an overly expensive troublesome and stressful move (bad movers).
Of course, one of the major reasons why you must have chosen to use the services of a professional moving company is because it’s just easier. Instead of doing all the hard work, you, having already done your homework right and hired one of the top-rated movers in the country, can just stand aside while the professionals go about doing what they do best.
But then, it’s only fair that you ask yourself: How will movers protect your valuable items during the move? What can you expect for your money? After all, you want to make sure you’ve made the right choice calling in the pros.
Here are the various ways GOOD movers will protect your belongings during a move:
Even though you know that soft packing paper is essential during the packing process, two things usually happen when you decide to pack up your things on your own: you never really know how many sheets of paper to use when packing various things AND you always run out of packing paper before you’re finished wrapping your items.
Professional packers never seem to worry about those two problems: 1) they always bring more packing supplies than they’ll ever need for one move, and 2) they have enough experience to know just how many paper sheets are necessary the minute they look at whatever it is they’re about to pack next.
Full-service movers will use packing paper as the initial protective layer for most fragile items. Also, they will utilize paper to pad the bottom, top and sides of most moving boxes.
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Pieces of cardboard
The best packers know just how useful and practical cardboard can be in all aspects of the packing job. The versatility of cardboard as a material can rarely be matched, and combined with its low price, full-service movers get to wield a powerful weapon come moving day.
Good movers will attach cut-out pieces of thick cardboard over extra fragile elements such as mirrors and glass surfaces or delicate ornaments of antique furniture without letting packing tape touch directly any sensitive parts.
Also, careful movers will position large pieces of cardboard on the ground to protect the floors from damage – scratches, dents, and so on. This way, the floors of your home will remain clean after the movers are gone.
Professional packers and movers seem to take advantage of various packing and padding materials to get the job done in the best possible way. One such packing material is plastic wrap – another secret weapon that only the pros seem to use in their work.
Movers will use plastic wrap to
- secure moving blankets wrapped around furniture pieces;
- bundle together various groups of items such as clothes, electric cords, etc.;
- keep cords secured around household appliances;
- prevent drawers and cabinet doors from opening during transit;
- plastic wrap entire drawers without emptying their contents;
- keep dust away from wrapped-up items;
- and much more.
Great packers and movers just know when to use plastic wrap to make everything safer and easier. The best thing about shrink wrap is that it sticks to itself and will not leave any residue on delicate finishes.
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Another way that reputable movers will protect your items during a move is through the ample usage of bubble wrap – arguably the best protective material for any delicate, fragile and highly breakable things around the home.
Good packers will wrap all your electronic devices in bubble wrap to protect their super-sensitive nature. All breakables and valuables will also be bubble wrapped accordingly – anything from the stems of wine glasses and chinaware through mirrors, paintings, and other expensive framed art to glass elements and protruding parts of furniture. Also, the air-filled plastic bubbles do a fantastic job as a padding material inside cardboard boxes.
Most full-service movers are experts at knowing when and how much bubble wrap to use when packing up fragile items. In fact, there’s no such thing as using too much bubble wrap as extra protection… but sometimes some delicate furniture surfaces are not able to “breathe” when wrapped in the protective plastic material.
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How do movers protect your items? The short answer is: moving blankets.
If you’ve ever seen movers work, you will have surely noticed the signature blue blankets that they seem to use all the time to protect all types of furniture pieces and large home appliances. Those blankets provide excellent protection (thanks to their thickness) and speed up the packing process (thanks to their large covering area).
Professional packers will use plenty of blankets to protect your furniture because those protective coverings will let air circulate around the pieces while adding a cushioning and protective layer at the same time.
The great thing about hiring top-rated full-service movers is that the professionals have access to special packing materials and specialized moving equipment – a fact that should provide the highest level of protection for your valuable possessions.
In addition to the standard moving boxes, professional packers can also bring:
- Wardrobe boxes. Tall cardboard boxes with a metal rack at the top for storing hanging clothes during a move. Wardrobe boxes are great for keeping expensive designer clothes from getting damaged.
- Picture / mirror boxes. Picture boxes can fit the size of your framed artwork, thus providing excellent protection by immobilizing and padding your pictures, paintings, and mirrors.
- Dish boxes. Also known as dish packs or dish barrels, these boxes are made of double-layered corrugated cardboard that is thicker and stronger, thus providing a much better protection for your breakable kitchen items such as china plates, glasses and so on.
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The specialized moving equipment that your hired movers will bring to Moving day will be a real game-changer – from simple furniture sliders to complicated hoisting equipment. Most notably though, it’s their quality moving dollies that will contribute the most to a fast and safe house move.
Both the appliance dolly (the two-wheel L-shaped handtruck) and the furniture dolly (the four-swivel wheel flat platform) will not only make the entire job more efficient, but will protect your large and heavy furniture and appliances when being moved from your home to the truck (equipped with a loading ramp!), then loaded into the vehicle, and finally, transported to the new residence.
Furthermore, the soft rubber wheels of high-quality moving dollies will prevent any property damage to the floors of both homes.
Moving dollies are often indispensable during a house move, and by hiring professionals who know how to operate them properly, you’ll save the expense of having to rent or purchase those pieces of moving equipment.
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How do movers protect your items during a move?
Professional movers that are both reputable and reliable are professionals who have undergone extensive training to be able to know what to do on the day of the move, and to do it quickly and safely too. The years of experience do help those moving experts know just what works and what doesn’t on Moving day.
So, if you’re really worried that you won’t be able to keep your valuable household items 100% safe during a self-move, get a free quote from top-rated pre-screened professional moving companies in your area and get the best possible protection for your belongings.
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