When moving home, it goes without saying that packing is one of the biggest tasks you’re faced with and for many, it will be one of the most boring too. Of course, some items will be much easier to pack than others and whilst you may be able to simply throw your clothes into a suitcase, for example, when you’re packing anything breakable, you will need to put a little bit more thought into how you’re packing and what you’re packing in to.
Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for fragile and delicate items to get broken during the moving process and this is often due to carelessness when packing. So, even if you’re bored of packing and wanting to get it over and done with, it is always essential to ensure that you’re taking care of any breakable items. To help homeowners make sure that everything gets from their old home to their new in one piece, below are some helpful tips for packing fragile items.
Invest in high-quality packing materials
The best piece of advice that all homeowners should take on board is to use quality packing materials. Even if you’re using second-hand boxes for other things, for fragile items you should always use new strong boxes that won’t let you down. Of course, things like bubble wrap and packing paper are a must-buy too and you need to ensure that you don’t skimp out on these.
Consider using a professional packing service
Some house removal companies also offer a full packing service too and it may be beneficial to use this. A team of professional packers will ensure that all fragile items are packed correctly and you won’t have to worry about anything delicate and breakable being overlooked. Packing teams usually bring packing material with them too, so they will have all the essentials to hand.
Ensure that you use fragile tape
When packing boxes yourself, it is essential to clearly highlight which boxes contain fragile items and using fragile tape is one of the easiest ways to do this. Then, on moving day, when lots of people are helping and moving boxes around for you, they will know which ones they need to be extra careful with. Of course, make sure that you’re taping all boxes carefully too.
Pack into suitably sized boxes
Often, homeowners invest in large boxes so that they can fit as much into them as possible, but you may want to consider using smaller boxes for fragile items. This can help to prevent your boxes from being overloaded and it will also reduce the likelihood of items sliding around inside the box and potentially breaking. So, you should invest in a selection of different sized boxes.
Draw ‘this way up’ arrows on boxes
It is frequently recommended that you build a cushion base inside your boxes for fragile items and then pack the heaviest items at the bottom and the lightest at the top. When doing so, it is essential to mark the box with arrows so everyone knows which way they should be carrying and placing the box. This will help to prevent your careful packing being a waste of time.
Don’t feel obliged to put everything in a moving van
When you hire a moving van or use professional moving services, remember that not all of your fragile items need to be transported in the van with your furniture and other big boxes. If you have any really delicate important items, you may want to consider keeping them to one side and taking them in your own car, this can provide you with additional peace of mind.
Finding a local packing and moving company
All in all, whilst packing boxes isn’t very fun, you can trust that you will thank yourself for ensuring that all of your fragile items are packed properly. Hopefully, the tips above will make getting items such as glasses and ornaments to your new home damage-free much easier and you will have one less thing to worry about on moving day. There is no denying that it is always worthwhile taking your time with these items.
If you’re looking for a packing and moving company that can assist you with everything from supplying packing materials and correctly packing fragile items to moving boxes from one house to another, please feel free to contact us here at Moving Home Made Easy. We offer a range of helpful services that are designed to make moving day as easy as possible for homeowners and we can assure you that your fragile items will be in the best hands with our team.