If you're in the process of planning a long-distance move, you're probably understandably apprehensive about the possibility of your cherished household goods and personal possessions getting lost or becoming damaged while in transit. Fortunately, using the services of a skilled moving company can help keep these possibilities to a minimum. However, cross-country moves involve passing through a variety of different climate conditions, and this can pose a threat to many of your items — particularly if they'll be experiencing significant fluctuations in temperature during the course of the move. If your final destination is several days away from your starting point, for instance, your household items and other possessions may be exposed from everything from sub-zero nighttime temperatures to triple-digit desert daytime heat.
A temperature controlled moving van offers a great solution for those concerned about the potential havoc these conditions have the potential to wreak on their possessions. Following are three categories of items should always be in a climate-controlled environment during a cross-country move.
Your wooden furniture can suffer terribly from both high temperatures and low temperatures, as well as elevated levels of atmospheric moisture or overly dry conditions. Heat and humidity in particular can cause your wooden furniture to warp, and temperature fluctuations may cause hinges and other metal components to expand and contract, potentially causing issues such as misalignment. If conditions are too dry, your wooden furniture can turn brittle and develop cracks. Because antique furniture is more fragile than its modern counterparts, you should take particular care when having it moved across the country.
You may think that moving your wine collection to a faraway location is going to be as easy as placing it in boxes so the moving crew can load it into a moving van, but unless that van is climate controlled, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you decide to relax and share a toast to your new home after reaching your destination. Wine that has been exposed to temperatures higher than 75 degree F. for more than an hour or so actually begins to cook, which can leave it with an extremely unpleasant taste that's much like vinegar. Extreme cold isn't nearly as damaging to wine as heat, but if subzero temperatures are going to be a part of the picture, the wine may freeze — and because liquid expands when it freezes, you run the risk of ending up with a box full of broken glass.
Unless you've got a collection of rare wine that you're planning on taking with you to your new home, a climate-controlled moving van that remains at room temperature for the duration of the trip will provide a good environment for your wine while it's being moved. Be sure that the boxes are appropriately labeled so that the movers know that the contents are fragile.
Stringed instruments such as guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, violins, and banjos are held together by glue that can be melt when temperatures become too high, and many have metal screws that can expand and contract as temperatures fluctuate. Wooden instruments are particularly vulnerable because the wood can warp in damp conditions or become brittle if left in the cold for too long, and prolonged extreme temperatures may also cause the strings to snap. It is also important to make certain that any woodwind instruments in your possession are transported in a climate-controlled moving van. Humidity is particularly damaging to flutes, clarinets, and oboes with metal reeds.
Please don't hesitate to seek the advice of a professional long distance moving company, like Wheaton World Wide Moving if you've got questions about getting your possessions to your new home in the best possible condition.