If you are getting ready to move, you might already have some feelings of trepidation when it comes to certain items that you need to take from Point A to Point B. If you have fragile items that are important to you for sentimental reasons or expensive, it can be a nerve-wracking experience when it comes to moving them. However, you can do certain things that will help to keep the dangers of breakage down. Check out the following hints and tips so you can keep those fragile items intact during the move whether it is across town or across the country.
Give Yourself Time
When people wait until the last minute to pack your items for a move, they often panic and start rushing. This increases the likelihood of dropping something or breaking something. When you start packing early, you have the time to spend on packing correctly and packing those fragile items safely.
If you have fragile items, such as wine glasses used at your grandparent’s wedding, your parent’s wedding, and your wedding, are you really going to wrap them up in some old newspaper and just hope they make it? You want to make sure they are safe, and that means investing in the right packing materials for these items. Some of the items you might need include appropriately sized boxes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and even the original packaging.
When you are packing glasses, do not store them inside of one another. Instead, you will want to put packing material, such as heavy grade paper, into the glasses. They will take up more room when you pack them this way, but doing this will reduce the chance of breakage.
When you are moving lamps, be sure to take out the bulb before you start packing it. Make sure you have plenty of material, such as peanuts or bubble wrap around the lamp so that it can act as a shock absorber in the box.
Make sure that all the fragile items you pack do not have too much room in their boxes. If they do, they can move and shift during transportation, and it could cause them to break.
Mark Your Boxes
When you pack your boxes with items that are fragile, you need to mark them properly so you, your friends, or your movers who are hauling the boxes around know to be extra careful. Write the word FRAGILE on the box top, and the sides of the box. Also, be sure to indicate which way is up on the box.
When mark the boxes properly, it will also be easier to pack up the moving truck. You will know that you shouldn’t put your fragile items on the bottom of the stack in the moving truck.
Take your time and always provide even more protection than you think is necessary. This will ensure a smooth move with no breaks that would surely put a damper on moving day.