Fragile items and transport are seldom a match made in heaven. Quite often, many of us may think about cartoonish Looney Tunes scenes of irresponsible movers dangling grand pianos from high-rise apartments with poorly-made pulleys only to have the piano crash atop some unfortunate character’s head. The fact is that moving fragile items is a task that must be done with diligence and care, but with the right techniques it can be made simple and stress-free.
The first step is to sort out and organise items designated for the move to your new place. You’ll need to do this for all items, fragile or not, so naturally this is the step in which you’ll need to carefully separate all fragile items individually from those that are more durable such as clothing, crockery, linens, and so on.
There are a few different ways to sort out fragile items, so choose whichever is the most practical for each individual item. Firstly, you may wish to separate items by value, so fragile and highly valuable items you may want to avoid packing and instead take with you personally; conversely, you could pack these items with additional care to be extra sure they’re safe whilst in transport.
Next, you can separate fragile items based on sentimental value or how susceptible they are to damage. Tall ceramic vases, for example, might be extremely fragile and you may wish to make special arrangements for these types of items.
After all of your items designated for the move have been sorted, it’ll be a lot easier to take inventory of which fragile items need to be moved and then to make a list of which packing materials you may need to purchase for them. Just like with fashion, fit is king and the same applies to picking the right box for your fragile items. Try to package fragile items in appropriately-sized boxes and follow up with packing paper, foam sheets, bubble wrap, or any other packing materials needed.
Generally, you should try to leave a little (not too much) extra room in the box and fill up the box with packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or crumpled up paper to act as protection. A little bit of extra cushion can be critical for protecting fragile items whilst on the road. For plates and other similar fragile items, be sure to place layers of packing paper between each plate so that there is minimal friction between them.
Of course, you’ll want to label all of your boxes with fragile items with a clear “fragile” warning for you or anyone else that may be handling the box(es). It can get confusing when you’ve got dozens and dozens of boxes to move, so keeping tabs on which are fragile (and even better, listing out the content by category or by room where the box belongs) can save lots of time and effort whilst keeping your valuables secure.
Moving can be stressful no matter how little or how much you need to move. Packing fragile items and handling them with care can add extra stress, so it’s often best to leave this important task to a qualified and reputable removalist that has the know-how and materials needed to pack and move fragile items (and non-fragile) across cities, states, territories, or wherever you happen to be moving to.
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