Packing fragile items for a move can be quite a bit daunting. Here are 10 tips to make the experience go smoothly.
1. Begin packing fragile items early
If you are packing the items yourself, make sure to allow ample time. Fragile items take quite a bit longer to pack than your other items. This is not something that you will want to rush.
2. Make sure that you have all of the supplies that you need.
When packing fragile items, you will want to use QUALITY boxes. Make sure to splurge on the heavy-duty boxes for your fragile items. The little bit of extra cost upfront can save you heartbreak in the end. Other items that you will want to have on hand are bubble wrap, packing paper, and lots of packing tape!
3. Use small boxes for heavier items
Using smaller boxes for heavy items doesn’t just save your back, but they also are easier to handle and are less likely to allow items to shift inside them during your move. Always fill extra spaces with packing material for padding.
4. Use extra strips of tape to secure the bottom of your boxes
In addition to taping the bottom of your boxes across the width and length, add a cross going from corner to corner diagonally. This will add extra support to the boxes.
5. Layer the bottom of your boxes with soft packing material
Once you have made a layer of packing material in your box, then begin to place the items into the box. Having a layer of packing material in the box as well as each item wrapped will help ensure that your items arrive at their destination safe and sound.
6. Pack heavier items on the bottom
Place heavier/larger items on the bottom of your boxes and lighter/smaller items on top to avoid small items from being crushed. Again, always remember to fill in extra spaces with packing material.
7. Fill glasses, jars, and other hollow items with packing material.
Filling hollow items with packing material will minimize vibration and keep your items more secure.
8. Use proper packing materials
People have often used newspapers to pack fragile items. Newspapers can leave ink, dirt, and residue on your items. Instead of newspaper, opt for packing paper.
9. Wrap each item individually
Do not wrap multiple fragile items together. Instead, wrap each item separately. Not only does this lessen the risk of items falling out as you unwrap them, but it also gives extra padding and support during the move. For your most fragile items, wrap them in bubble wrap and then secure them with tape.
10. Clearly label boxes that contain fragile items
This very important step is often overlooked. Label your boxes of fragile items clearly and stack them together in a separate area from your other boxes. This ensures that those moving your items will see that these items are fragile and gives extra assurance that the boxes will be given the extra care that they require.
In closing, moving fragile items isn’t easy, but by following these 10 simple tips, you can minimize stress and avoid the heartbreak of losing valuable treasures.