Careless packing, overlooked safety tips, and cramming all lead to a disastrous relocation, especially with your fragile belongings.
Packing is one of the most laborious aspects of moving, from assembling the packing supplies to making sure each box is properly labeled. It can take days or even weeks to pack your stuff, so you have to start as early as possible.
Fragile items add up to the complexity of this task. Handling and packing delicate items is nerve-wracking and requires extra effort and attention. When you look at your precious vases, china plates, glasses and stemware, electronic equipment, you may wonder how you’ll move them to your new place without any damage.
Protecting your delicate items starts with how properly you pack them; likewise, the tools and techniques you employ can make a huge difference. Check out these helpful packing tips for fragile items.
Prepare for packing
Plan well before you start packing fragile items. Identify all fragile belongings and set them aside from the rest of your stuff. Strategize how to pack them properly, what supplies will be needed, and how to pack them alongside other items.
Since packing up breakable items requires extra time, try to set aside a longer schedule so you won’t rush. With adequate preparation, you can pack up delicate belongings safely and protectively to ensure everything arrives at your new place in perfect condition.
Assemble the right tools
As mentioned above, having the right supplies and tools is vital in the safe packing of delicate valuables. In an attempt to cut costs, many people use readily available items such as newsprints, old towels, small blankets, and linens, or even tissue papers to pack their fragile items. While you might have previously used these alternative packing supplies, they don’t guarantee optimum protection. Newsprints can stain your chinaware, old towels cannot be secured with tape, paper towels are not reliable, glass items can slip from small blankets or linen, and tissue papers can be damaged by water.
As much as possible, invest in appropriate packing supplies, like bubble wraps, packing papers, quality moving boxes of various sizes, plastic wraps, and pliable cardboards. You’ll also need lots of packing tape to secure all your valuables. Additionally, for large items, don’t attempt to go solo. Enlist an extra pair of hands. Better yet, hire professional movers. Experienced movers have the equipment and tools to ensure the proper packing and transport of fragile valuables. However, packing services for delicate items can cost you anywhere between $270 and $2,200.
Don’t overpack boxes
When it comes to fragile items, you should not overstuff your boxes. While you can do this when packing other items such as clothes, it’s a no-no with delicate valuables. Items inside can get damaged during the move. Use slightly large boxes that leave some space where you can put fillers for added protection. Hence, you should get an assortment of boxes with varying dimensions and sizes.
If possible, look for the original boxes or containers of special items like vases, clocks, glassware, and electronics. Alternatively, you can use bubble wrap and place it in an appropriately sized box. Fill air pockets with crumpled paper to keep the item in place and avoid it from shifting in the box during transportation.
Pack plates vertically
A practical tip from a moving specialist at Torex, Mississauga Moving Company – do not stack the plates as any sudden movement can cause them to shake and bang on each other. Wrap each plate separately with a bubble wrap. Then, store them vertically in a box to save on space. Place the crumpled paper beneath, between, and above all of the plates. Packing your plates snugly will prevent them from shaking during the move.
If possible, purchase dish packs. These specialized boxes allow you to organize your dishes, cups, glasses, chinaware, and other glassware. With thicker walls and partitions, dish packs offer better protection.
Make sure to label all boxes with “fragile.” Use a permanent marker or brightly colored sticker label. If possible, segregate boxes for fragile items and inform the movers about it. This will help movers handle the boxes with extra care. It also makes stacking, organizing, and unpacking the boxes easier.
Lastly, if you don’t have time or lack packing skills, you should ask for help from professionals. Enlisting the help of a moving company can give you peace of mind knowing that your valuables are protected and safe.