Kelli - be sure when you book your move that you are VERY clear with
the booker for the movers on what you are moving and how you expect
it to be packed - and then be willing to pay for it! I work in the
moving industry as a supplier, and hear their end of the horror
stories. Most often because the folks being moved did not understand
or were not willing to pay for what was needed to move their stuff
Decide what will need to be crated, and how you want the crates
constructed. Get them to price creating the crates and crating the
pieces; price doing this yourself and just having them transport the
crates (I’m thinking crates for larger/more fragile equipment). I
had all my 2-D art work crated. Be VERY specific on how you want the
crates secured (nails or screws?), and then WATCH them do it (in my
case I specified screws, then heard hammering… hmmmmm… NOT
GOOD!). Be aware the person who takes your order will most likely
NOT be there on the actual move!
It is possible to have custom fitted cloth quilted covers made for
items that deserve that (this is one of the things my company does).
Again, they will include this in the price if you have something you
want protected this way. They also can protect with paper, with
bubble wrap, and with a range of other methods. Discuss options with
your booker, and prices, and level of protection. Each has its
positives and negatives.
Be sure to secure any moving parts (handles, etc) so they don’t move
during the move.
Depending on how much you are moving, you may be able to request
that you have an entire crate or whatever to yourself.
Mailing things, especially heavy things, is a pain and expensive.
Check costs before meeting with the booker so you can compare.
Any valuables (gem stones, precious metals) should probably go with
you in your carry on if possible… not sure how secure those would
be if anyone knew they were there.
Beth in SC