Moving house? Be sure your precious items remain unscathed during your move.
To do that, you’ll need to have superior packing skills. Even better, ask if your removal company offers a packing service. That way, everything you move will be just as good as it was in your last home.
Looking to pack yourself? Here are 5 tips for packing fragile items.
- Invest in the Right Boxes
You probably have many random boxes that you’ve been saving them up for your next move. While some can work great, others won’t. You need moving boxes that are the right size, shape and strength.
If there’s too much leftover space inside the boxes, your fragile items may be too loose. If they can move around, they could get shattered or damaged. In this case, it’s worth investing a little extra money into purchasing boxes that’ll fit your belongings just perfectly.
When looking at boxes, try to choose the right box for specific items. For example, when packing glasses, you may get boxes with carboard partitions. When each item has its own space, there is less chance of them rubbing or bumping together.
For many, if not all fragile items, it’s best to transport them in their original boxes if you still have them. If the manufacturer could ship your item in these boxes (and packing items), then it’s surely good enough for your move!
- Don’t Forget About Packing Paper
You should have an abundance of packing paper on hand when you’re preparing your fragile items for removal. When it comes to glass items that have lots of empty space (like a mug), you should stuff them with packing paper.
You can also use packing paper to separate layers of plates or to wrap things like glass picture frames.
Another good use for packing paper is crumpling it to fit in the empty spaces of a box when you’re done packing everything in. This can significantly reduce the potential space for fragile items to knock about in.
If you pick up the box and you can hear things moving inside, then you will need ot employ further strategies. Read on below.
- Use Plenty of Bubble Wrap
Bubble wrap will also be your best friend when it comes to preparing your fragile belongings for a move. The packing paper from the previous section will be a good first line of defence for your fragile items. However, in most cases, it won’t be enough.
The next line of defence is bubble wrap. You might enjoy popping the bubbles in your spare time, but resist all temptation, as those bubbles are the important bits that’ll cushion your belongings.
Once you’ve wrapped up your items in packing paper, secure it with a layer or two of bubble wrap. You can do this with all sorts of things, such as glasses, vases, plates, and even large items like mirrors.
Cushion your boxes further by lining the insides with bubble wrap. You can even use it to create partitions between items. These partitions may be somewhat flimsy, so you might want to use cardboard partitions, then line each of them with bubble wrap.
- Try to hire some removal blankets
You know how in cold weather it helps to bundle up in layers? The same goes for packing your fragile items.
Not only should you use packing paper and bubble wrap, but you may need removal blankets too. These are great for wrapping and padding furniture and fragile items.
Vases, plastic tubs, lamps and all sorts of items can be wrapped in removal blankets for added protection.
If you have highly polished furniture, antique chests, dining chairs, tables and other such items then removals blankets are the ideal way to go.
- Get Help From a Professional
Don’t trust yourself to do the packing? Or don’t have the time? Then have a professional removalist do the job for you.
These are people who have years of experience and training in their industry. This means they’ll be able to pack and transport your possessions with the utmost care.
Also, they can make quick work of packing. Since they do it day in and day out, promptly whisking everything away into the truck will be an easy job for them. What may take you days to complete can be achieved in just half a day or less with professional removalists!
For extra piece of mind in the event that something unfortunate happens during transport, ask about insurance options.
Keep Your Fragile Things Safe During a Move
It can be scary to move with fragile things, and the prep work it takes to transport them can be a pain. But by spending a little extra time and effort, it’ll be worth it when your belongings remain undamaged during the move.
If you’re someone who moves often and/or doesn’t have the time to do the prep work, then you may be better off with the last option on the list: getting help from a professional.
By having trained and experienced removalists on the job, you’ll have the peace of mind that your belongings are safe. Plus, you’ll free up time for more important things in your life!
Looking for furniture removalists who you can trust? Then get a quote from us now! We have over 120 years of experience, so you can place your trust in Nuss.