6 Moving Tips and Techniques for Handling Fragile Items
So the time has come to pack up your life and start new adventures elsewhere. With the overwhelming task of transporting your goods and treasured memories to a new place, it is crucial to take even more care with your most fragile belongings when boxing everything away. How do you ensure you avoid disappointment when you reopen your items in their new home?
1. Begin with a list
It may seem obvious, but beginning the task of packing up your belongings, fragile or otherwise, must start with compiling an inventory list. Mark each item against the relevant numbered box it's contained within so you can keep tabs if it doesn't show up after the removalists leave, or for your own piece of mind if transporting yourself.
2. Take your time
Don't rush when packing your goods. Take your time, allow for enough layers of wrapping and place items gently inside boxes. When unpacking, taking your time is the easiest way to avoid breakages.
3. Protect your items
The most fragile of goods need adequate protection. Pad your belongings with bubble wrap, packing paper, newspaper, old blankets, or the original packaging if you can, then cut your materials using scissors and packing tape where necessary. Next, place your goods inside your packing boxes. Label your boxes with fragile, or make use of the provided removalists' ones for this exact purpose.
4. Pack strategically
Wrap plates in secured bubble wrap, then cradle them individually between crumbled packing paper on all sides. Wrap individual glasses separately with packing paper inside and out, separated by bunched up paper on all sides, and pack heaviest items first. Large photographs and picture frames will do well to be secured with moving blankets. Lamp stands need newspaper and packing paper, whereas bulbs and shades need bubble wrap and paper. Always fill gaps with extra paper or packing peanuts and never over pack a box.
5. Follow proper plant care
Your house plants might be robust in a thriving environment, but it is still important to ensure you treat them as fragile when moving them from one place to another. To keep them in their best condition, avoid watering them just before your big move, and keep them inside your car if you can, with holes poked inside their moving boxes so they can survive the changes in temperature from the move.
6. Communicate with the removalists
You should have marked clearly all your fragile belongings on the relevant boxes. Now, take the time to describe the delicate items to your moving company, and explain which items need extra care. They are used to dealing with fragile items on a daily basis, but that extra communication is always helpful.
Upon moving into a brand new chapter of our lives, the last thing we want is to discover our prized possessions have not survived in transit. By following these simple tips, you will be on your way to happy and healthy fragile goods that are ready to last a lifetime in your new home - and with a competitive quote from the expert removalists in your area, nothing will be left to chance!