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December 27, 2016

Packing sensitive objects during cold weather

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To protect furniture, collectibles and the like from cold weather, it takes a bit of careful planning and packing.

For much of the winter months, cities across the country will be blanketed by low temperatures and heaps of snow. As we've discussed in the past, these conditions can prove especially challenging when it comes to planning and executing a move. That's why you have to plan ahead for your big winter move, including ice-proofing your vehicle and inspecting your home for cold-related cracks or leaks. Proper preparation also means knowing how to pack those belongings that are extra sensitive to the cold.

Here's what you should pack with caution:

"The right packing techniques can protect your belongings from cold weather."

Most all electronics in your average household, like laptops, plasma screen TVs and tablets, are especially sensitive to cold weather. To begin, back up all the files on your computers in case of an accident. From there, you'll want to ensure everything that fits goes into a box, where it's surrounded by a packing material that can regulate temperature. Further protect your electronics by having them moved into the truck last, which limits their exposure to chilly temperatures.

Some people enjoy collecting items like stamps, coins or comic books, which can also be affected by inclement conditions. Items like stamps and coins already come in boxes and other specialized holders, but it's a good idea to put these inside of a larger box with the proper packing materials. As for something like comic books, the same holds true, but you may want to opt for special plastic sleeves for individual comics that protect from dust, temperature fluctuations and other harmful conditions.

If you have art hanging up in your home, you'll need to take extra precautions to keep it safe. Picture boxes are a great idea for any framed prints or similar works. Otherwise, you can protect the painting by covering it with newsprint and then placing bubble wrap around the whole painting. That way, they're protected from the cold and chips or breaks from accidental falls. If you have canvas paintings or ones without frames, they'll need an extra layer of bubble wrap for protection.

Like artwork and electronics, any instruments in your home will need to be packed in a specific manner. For stringed instruments like cello or guitar, always remove the strings before finishing with plastic or bubble wrap. Brass instruments, meanwhile, should have the mouthpieces removed and packed separately; both need plastic wrap to help with temperature control. Finally, drums of any size should be taken apart entirely. Each piece needs to be wrapped and then packed on its own.

Leather and wood furniture 
Common pieces in many households, like, eather or wooden furniture, require slightly different packing materials. Instead of going for bubble wrap, these furniture pieces need blankets to prevent scrapes and tears. The wooden legs, however, can be wrapped in plastic to protect from these same scuffs. When choosing blankets, though, be sure they're nice and heavy, which ensures that the items won't be affected by outside temperatures. It's also important to secure these blankets with straps secured by clips.

A trusted partner 
No matter the challenges that a winter move poses, there is a way to streamline the process and remove the hassles: hire a professional moving service. Atlas Van Lines has a proven track record for winter moves, ensuring all of your belongings arrive safe and sound at your new home.