Moving to other house, city or even country force you to take some of your belongings with you. This also applies to fragile items. But why do we need to attach special importance to this type of things? Because they can be damaged in the moving from one place to another. Mostly destruction is caused by wrong way of packing these fragile items.
There is no question that everyone wants to deliver his goods in the appropriately, so many moving companies have an option, when professional movers are packing your items. But if you decided to pack your stuff by yourself and move it safely, you need to prepare adequately. If you think, that so called “moving tragedy” will bypass you, there is a good chance that bad way of packing will cause damage to your fragile items.
So here are some tips to pack up your fragile things the best possible way. It will protect your goods from unwanted troubles.
- Pick up quality packing materials.
Using newspapers, small blankets, paper towels, old boxes and towels will not save you from undesirable consequences. Newspapers can have dirt on it, and your fragile items can get dirty and you will have to wash them up diligently at your new place. Paper towels are not sturdy enough and can tear in the process of moving. The same holds true with old boxes and towels, they are hard to stick with tape.
What you really need is new strong boxes in a variety of sizes, packing paper and tape, bubble wrap and other things, which will make your packing much easier and safer.
- Do not hurry up and wrap your goods carefully.
While moving many people postpone all packing work to the last possible moment, and then they are trying to pack fragile items, and not only, in a quickest way possible. That is not right and doing like that will increase the chance of failure in moving your belongings in a safe way.
Packing fragile items forces careful work and caution. It may take some time, because you need to wrap and pack each thing properly. If you disdain to rely on this work, you can find unexpected consequences after arrival.
Pack your fragile items on a flat surface, like kitchen table to protect yourself from crashing before even process of moving. Use small sizes or mid sizes boxes. It is important to have solid foundation in the boxes. For this you need to line the bottom of the box with package paper or bubble wrap. It is better to use package paper first for wrapping fragile items, and then put a layer of bubble wrap on it, to provide better safety.
- Do not overfill the boxes, but avoid shaking.
Packing is not just putting things in the box. Packing is some kind of art, and you need to connect your brain if you want to do this the best way. If you throw your items into box it will not be considered as packing. Placing things Carefully – his is another matter.
At the bottom of the box, where package paper or bubble wrap is lined, you need to place the heaviest goods. Then you put other things. But don’t overfill the box with the items, because it will be hard to carry it and things in the top of the box can provide pressure on the bottom ones. But you also need to fill free space inside the box, because empty space causes jiggling. To fill remaining space you can use pieces of paper, towels or remaining bubble wrap.
To create extra safety you can put pillow inside the box in the top, right on the wrapped fragile items. It will make your things inside one more box, created from package paper on the bottom, and pillow on the top.
- Don’t forget to label your boxes!
Yes, labeling is very important thing in moving fragile items. If you put the sticker with inscription “Fragile”, your movers will know that in this box there are some fragile items, which need special treatment.
You can either write the word “Fragile” with a marker on every side of the box, or you can stick special label with that word.
And of course, you need to seal the box with a packing tape. Professional movers usually use “H” taping. The middle of the “H” is the middle seam of the box. Tape that first and then put a strip of tape all the way down both sides where the flaps are folded. If it’s really have load, tape the box from the corner to corner in the “X” manner to reinforce the bottom. After the taping make sure the tape is flat and sticking to the box.
Follow these pieces of advice and your fragile items will safely reach your new destination!