Relocating to a new house in a new city, state or country can be an aggravating, scary and even costly experience. Not only are you moving to a place that is completely foreign to you, where sometimes the language is even foreign, but you also do not know anybody there. Not only are you moving to a house that will take some time and effort to get used to, but the new neighborhood is either too loud or too quiet in comparison to what you are already used to.
The only things that can truly comfort you in your new home are your personal belongings: those beloved books you used to read every summer break back in your old house, that fluffy pillow you used to lay upon while watching television in your old living room, that dining-room table you used to eat dinner on every night in your old kitchen.
In order to protect yourself for a successful move, you must pack each item that you possess in a way that is safest for that specific item. In addition to packing the items yourself, even if you are positive that they are secure and that there is absolutely no way for them to get destroyed, you must also purchase moving insurance while reserving a moving company that will carry out your shipping. Only if you are covered by moving insurance, is your moving company responsible to reimburse you for any damage caused to your possessions. They could fix that scratched cabinet for you, so that you will be able to place it in your new bedroom, and make it feel that much cozier and that much closer to home.
Following are a few packing suggestions:
Books should be packed in small, strong, well-taped cartons. They should be placed cover-to-cover, alternating bindings to prevent the pages from becoming damaged. Wrap valuable books individually.
Drawers in Furniture:
Items such as blankets, cushions, pillows and clothing may be left in drawers. Do not pack heavy items in the drawers. Never leave liquids, valuables or breakables in the drawers.
Glass Tops for Furniture:
These items should be bubble-wrapped.
Glassware should be bubble-wrapped individually and placed in cartons. Do not place unwrapped glasses in each other. Place bubble-wrapped glassware right-side-up.
Wrap them in white, clean tissue paper only. Place in cartons and mark “fragile”.
Paintings and Pictures:
Small pictures can be placed between the folds of blankets or pillows inside cartons. Large and more valuable pictures and paintings must be padded and wrapped.