One of the main concerns when moving into a new home or business facilities is how to properly pack fragile items. This can be tricky at the time, plus different materials and shapes require different packing and stacking methods. Follow these little tips and tricks on how to pack your fragile possessions, and you’ll make sure that they all reach their new place in one piece.
Take your time
Get some moving boxes and pack those things first, because moving is quite a hectic process and things get knocked down quite often. So, start with those fragile things, and you won’t have to worry about them until you get to your new home.
Have the right tools and materials
To ensure that your items arrive in one piece, you need to use some good packing materials. Those materials have to be able to endure being moved over bumpy roads and handle some heavy vibration. The best thing to do is to put your fragile items back in their original packaging, since the packaging was designed to provide maximum protection for the item inside.
If you have a habit of throwing those away, then you can improvise with some bubble wrap, newspaper or some loose fill for packaging (AKA foam peanuts). Of course, have some moving boxes that are designed to be sturdy and suitable for all sorts of items.
Items that need extra attention
People usually have trouble packing glasses, plates and other ceramic dishes, and bulky yet fragile things such as lamps, and each of those things has the best way of packing. You can try packing your glasses by wrapping each glass in packing paper, and don’t forget to place some crumpled paper inside(you can use newspaper here). Stack them in a box (heaviest on the bottom, lighter on top) and fill in all the empty space with some extra packing paper or newspaper.
When it comes to your plates, you’re going to want to stack them vertically. Wrap each plate in bubble wrap and secure it with some tape. Again, fill in all the empty space in the box with some paper. Don’t overfill the box! When packing a lamp, it’s best if you can separate the shade, the bulb and the base and pack them separately. If necessary, use bubble wrap for extra protection.
Even though you think you know what each box contains now, come back in a couple of hours and you’ll be surprised. Therefore, don’t forget to label each box with a FRAGILE sign to avoid any mix-ups and accidents. This will help you and your movers tell how to stack and handle those boxes.
For larger scale, complicated jobs of, say, commercial warehouse removals, finding pros that will keep track of your every item and help you re-establish your operation in a completely new venue is essential. Certain expert removalists offer dismantling and re-assembling, in addition to providing a professional delivery service with minimal breakages and zero fuss.
If you hire professional removalists, they usually know how to handle your belongings and how to minimize any damage to your fragile items. But, if you want to be completely safe, look for a company that offers insurance, i.e. that they are completely covered should something happen to your goods, so you don’t have to worry about the costs of potential repairs.
Just take your time and be patient with your fragile possessions. Start your moving process well in advance and don’t rush things. Take extra precautions when packing any items that have sentimental value, since they cannot be replaced.