It might sound obvious, but good planning and preparation will help you to avoid any breakages. Start well in advance of moving day, ensure you have all the correct packing materials and that you know how to pack the individual items. Set aside time to ensure you don’t have to rush packing these delicate items.
First, you need to make sure that you have the right type of packing supplies for the items you have to pack :-
- Cardboard boxes – good quality, strong boxes in a range of sizes
- Packing paper – soft wrapping paper, we would suggest using acid-free paper as this doesn’t leave a residue, stain and won’t tarnish your items
- Bubble wrap
- Packing peanuts
- Packing tape
It is worth getting quality materials! Don’t be tempted to skip on the cost of moving boxes or packing materials. Small, but sturdy good quality boxes are ideal for fragile items. Your items are also less likely to allow items to move around when moving. Double-walled boxes will also provide more protection, flimsy or damaged boxes will not provide enough protection.
Ensure that you securely take the bottom of the box adding extra strips of tape to help support the content of the box. Layer the bottom of the box with some soft packing material such as bubble wrap, packing paper and Styrofoam peanuts. If you are packing multiple items into a box, put the larger, heavier items at the bottom.
Fill any hollow items such as glasses, jar, or ornaments with packing paper. Then wrap each individual item with packing paper and/or bubble wrap. Secure this with tape. Carefully place your items in your box, leaving space at the top for similar padding as you placed in the bottom of your box. Also ensure that any spaces in between items in the box are filled with paper, bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts. Empty space allows movement and movement increase the risk of breakages. Carefully seal the top of the box with tape and clearly mark the box so that you know what is inside and clearly mark as fragile, you could also use tape with fragile written across to highlight the contents are delicate.
Before the move carefully store your boxes with fragile contents away from other boxes.