Family heirlooms are treasured items. They are expected to be there even if you decide to downsize. That’s why it is important to ensure utmost care while packing family heirlooms and carrying them for moving. Some may require an additional care if they are fragile. Here are some tips that might help you with packing family heirlooms and transporting them:
Keep a record of the items
Make a list of family heirlooms in your possession, including all details about their recent state, and also note down if there is already some damage to the item. In addition, you can even photograph such items to help keep a record. This will assist you in monitoring that all items are accounted for and that they have not been damaged while packing or moving.
Keeping a record of current damages to the family heirlooms will also prevent you from putting a wrong blame on whoever was responsible for the packing and moving task.
Add padding while packing items that are fragile
Fragile items include pottery, china, materials made of glass, ceramic etc., require special care while packing and moving. To prevent the possibility of damage to such family heirlooms, you can use newspapers for extra support. You can even pad the packaging with foam, packing peanuts, or any other materials that will provide cushioning support for the objects. It is advised to pad all of the sides of the box containing fragile items, so as to prevent a potential damage, in case the box is bumped or dropped.
Inform the moving company of such items
You can inform the moving company to take special care in moving family heirlooms. If the items are fragile, you can even label the box so in order to signify that it is to be carefully carried or moved.
Take special care in wrapping heirloom furniture
Because of its size, furniture can be difficult to pack and move. Bubble wrap can help protect furniture from getting bumped against something and getting damaged. You can even wrap up sensitive corners using a bubble wrap. Stains, dust, or dirt can be prevented by covering furniture with a blanket or a cloth. You can dismantle the furniture, where applicable, and then pack the components to move, and assemble it later on.
Let the family heirlooms stay with you
You can avoid handing over the responsibility of your family heirlooms to someone else, and keep them with you. Especially, if there are only a few items, carrying them won’t be a problem. Even if there are a lot of items, you can keep the box containing them in your car where you can keep an eye on it, instead of keeping them in the moving van.
Temporarily give the heirlooms to someone else in the family
If you are afraid of damage to the family heirlooms or you cannot take it with you for some reason, then you can put the family heirlooms in possession of another family member, and get it back from them afterward.
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