There are so many benefits to hiring a professional moving company that we always recommend having one pack all of your items as you prepare for your relocation, but if you do choose to tackle the job yourself, please exercise extreme care when packing fragile items. We’ve all heard the horror stories of families hastily packing fragile items, only to find the items in more pieces than they left them after the move. This is not a position you want to find yourself in.
Here are several tips to help you avoid damage and frustration:
1. Save the Breakables For Last
It’s often a good idea to wait to secure fragile items until just about everything else in your home has been packed, but make certain you get started early. Packing fragile items requires more care, of course, and as a result it can take a lot longer to pack these items. Many people who start by packing breakables soon find out time is their enemy. Before they know it, moving day has arrived and they still have most of their packing to do. Leave yourself plenty of time to make sure you can finish the entire job!
2. Use Plenty of Cushioning
Fragile articles need separation from each other, and from the corners, sides, top, and bottom of the box. Some packing materials that are efficient at cushioning include:
- Packaging peanuts/loose fill – These are designed to fill a void within a box, taking up the space between the object being protected and the sides of the box. They flow around the object, interlock when stressed, and can withstand multiple shocks.
- Paper – Heavy grades of paper or Kraft paper can be wadded into a box or wrapped around objects. These types of paper provide more cushioning protection than old newspaper.
- Corrugated fiberboard pads – These paper based pads are made from a fluted board between one or two flat liner sheets. The pads provide cushioning.
- Inflated products – Air filled bubble type wrapping provides cushioning around an object.
- Foam structures – polystyrene shapes engineered to fit around an item for cushioning
3. Use the Right Type of Box
You can take all the care in the world when packing fragile items, but that may not matter if they’re not placed in a sturdy box for the move. Use boxes known as “dish packs,” if possible. These have thicker cardboard and will do a better job of withstanding punctures and absorbing the shock of sudden movements.
If you have any questions, or you would like help packing fragile items, the professionals at American Moving and Storage are here to help. Whether you need to move your home or business across town or across the country, American Moving and Storage’s team of qualified professionals are here to provide you with affordable relocation solutions that meet your specific needs. Contact us at 912-401-0362 for information on how we can assist you. Let us take the stress out of your move.