Tips for packing your fragile items for moving

When moving your home or office, you likely have a fair share of fragile items like electronics and glassware you need to pack up. While you should seriously consider hiring professional house packers to help you move, we realize that sometimes you may need to tackle the job yourself.

Professional furniture movers take extreme care when packing fragile or breakable items. However, if you must do so yourself, here are a few handy tips.

1. Prepare a plan before packing

Before you begin packing, make sure you have an inventory of all the fragile items in your home or the ones that may break while moving. It will also give you a chance to get rid of unwanted items before you start packing everything up, saving you precious dollars on packing material.

Take time to pack up your fragile items properly. With proper preparation, you will be able to pack your delicate valuables protectively, ensuring everything is safe when you arrive at your new home.

Here is how to properly pack the most common fragile items:

  • Glasses

You should wrap each glass individually with packing paper and place crumpled paper inside them to reduce space. Place enough layers of paper in the box you are packing the glasses to prevent them from moving during shifting.

  • Plates

Plates should be packed vertically, with each plate wrapped in bubble wrap. The boxes they are packed in should also be lined with crumpled packing paper on the top and bottom.

  • Lamps

Pack lamp shades separately with lots of packing paper. It would be best if you packed the lamp bases separately with bubble wrap in a large box.

  • Picture frames

Picture frames should be packed in paper-lined packing boxes with packing paper in between each frame. Place more crumples packing paper on the top, bottom, and sides to prevent them from moving.

  • TV

TV, especially the flat-screen ones, can be a challenge. Remove any cables and accessories and pack them in a soft blanket, securing them all around with packing tape. Then place it inside a packing box and then secure it again with tape.

  • Specialty items

It is important to consider the shape and size of large, oddly-shaped fragile items before packing. Handles or other protruding pieces in such items may break easily during the move. You should pack such items with lots of bubble wrap secured with packing tape. You can also use old towels or small blankets to wrap such items to keep them safe while moving.       

2. Don’t overpack your boxes.

When you overpack your boxes, they can get damaged from all the extra weight. Also, don’t leave too much extra space for your delicate items to move around. Always pack your fragile items in sturdy cardboard boxes to prevent the possibility of punctures or shock during shifting.

3. Use a variety of packing boxes in different sizes.

Buying a large number of boxes of the same size is not a very good idea when packing. Using a variety of boxes in different sizes can help you manage the space better while keeping them secure at the back of the transport vehicle.

4. Protect your fragile items with plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap.

You should not shy away from using plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper to protect your breakables. It is also important to line the bottom of the boxes holding these items with a lot of crumpled packing paper to provide sufficient cushioning for such items. You should also pack your fragile items as tightly as possible, leaving no empty room to prevent the possibility of them banging together when moving.

5. Label your boxes.

Do not forget to label the boxes that contain fragile items. Doing so will help other people helping you with the move know which boxes need to be handled with added care.

6. Prepare for unpacking.

Just like it is important to pack and label your fragile items correctly, you should also be prepared to unpack them effectively. Often when we pack out items into boxes, we forget how we are going to unpack them when we arrive at the new place. Write down or make a mental note to remember where your breakables are during the unpacking process.

Once you are done with unpacking, recycle whatever you can. Packing materials like paper, foam, corrugated fibreboard pads and inflatable air pouches can be recycled easily.

If you have a lot of fragile items or expensive specialty items like musical instruments, hot tubs, priceless antiques, sculptures, or fine works of art, it is highly recommended to hire professional Auckland movers. Professional companies specialized in furniture removals use high-quality packing material, custom crates and have a trained crew who make sure that your most valuable possessions are moved with utmost care.

References:

https://www.youmoveme.com/articles/four-easy-tips-for-packing-fragile-items

https://www.nationalvanlines.com/blog/3-smart-tips-for-packing-fragile-items/

https://www.highland-worldwide.com/blog/how-to-properly-pack-your-fragile-items-when-moving

https://makespace.com/blog/posts/10-delicate-tips-packing-fragile-items-moving/