We all have items in our home that we worry about during a move. An antique mirror or beloved vase can have a sentimental, economical, and personal value that is immeasurable. It’s important to know how to properly pack these items so that you are not left with damage.
Packing Tips for Fragile Belongings During a Move
Follow these packing tips when preparing to move fragile items.
Tip One: Create a Barrier
If you are stacking fragile items, you need to create a barrier so that they do not break off of each other. For items like glasses, this could mean simply wrapping each individual glass in newspaper. For items such as plates, which sit on top of each other, you want to create an actual soft plate in between each item.
Tip Two: Tape It Up
Using the example again of plates, any fragile item that is stacked should be taped vertically so that the items do not slide or fall off each other. Larger items like frames with glass or mirrors should also be taped. With these items, you will tape in a vertical, horizontal, and diagonal direction, creating a star or x pattern after wrapping. This can prove as a valuable extra barrier when it comes to moving.
Tip Three: Fill the Space
If you are boxing up wrapped fragile items, you may think to wrap them is enough. Think again. You can break a whole box full of items if you let them move freely. Fill any empty spaces with soft material. This could be a crumpled newspaper, bubble wrap, or even old socks.
Tip Four: Box it Up
There is nothing that will offer a final layer of protection for your fragile items like the proper box. When dealing with items that are important to you, and could be breakable, make sure you invest in the right boxes for the item. They make boxes specifically designed to fit mirrors, televisions, vases, portraits, and much more. Having the right packing material makes a big difference.
Tip Five: Have a Loading Plan
You want to make sure you don’t haphazardly load your fragile items. Fragile items need to be secure but not crushed. This means that you want to make sure they are not placed underneath heavier items, but also not on top if there is nothing to support them. With careful planning, you can make sure everything is loaded so that your fragile items are kept in place.
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