Moving is a stressful experience on its own, throwing in fragile items that can easily break can just make matters worse, especially if you are not
well-versed in proper packing techniques. Whether you are moving yourself
or hiring professionals, it’s crucial that you do everything in your power to
avoid damaging some of your more delicate items. Let’s take a look at how
to protect some of the most commonly damaged items while moving so that
you can make your moving experience as stress-free as possible.
Collectibles and Antiques
Antiques and collectibles can be some of the most precious items in your
possession and so must be packed extremely carefully. It’s recommended
that you double layer them using sturdy paper, as well as bubble wrap.
When securing the collectibles or antiques with packing tape, it’s best not
to make direct contact with the item being wrapped. This is a common
packing mistake that can lead to ruining the finish or veneer on a piece.
Corrugated Boxes Are Your Best Friend
Ensure that you use clean, new cartons that are designed specifically for
moving. Keep in mind that getting boxes from liquor or grocery stores might
mean that they’re not clean and may also not withstand as much weight as
they’ve been previously used. Moreover, their mismatched sizes may prove
difficult to load. Instead, use new boxes that are large enough to have room
for your items, as well as cushioning materials. Ensure that you also find
boxes that are strong enough to hold its contents. Never stuff boxes or
exceed the maximum weight, as this is a sure way to damage your goods.
Packing Up Picture Frames
Another commonly damaged item caused by poor packing is picture
frames. It’s recommended that you take the photographs out of the frames
and move them separately, as frames can easily be replaced, damaged
photos often cannot. Shattered glass easily ruins a picture if a frame
becomes damaged during the moving process. Make sure that you
carefully wrap each frame with bubble wrap. Although it may take you
longer, it is well worth the effort.
Use Strong Tape to Secure Boxes
Properly closing your packages is as important as using cushioning
materials. To ensure that your boxes are secured, make sure that you
utilize strong, professional packing tape that is at least two inches wide.
Use a brown or clear tape, as masking tape typically is not strong enough
to withhold weight. Tape up all cartons on both the bottom and top.
Don’t Over Pack Your Book Box
Books are much heavier than their appearance, especially when multiplied.
Ensure that you alternate the books so that you switch between putting
them spine down and page down, as many books are wider towards their
binding, which causes them to become damaged easily if you put all of
them in the same way. If you have any fragile books, then it’s best to wrap
them individually in dust jackets before placing them in a box. For your
convenience, it’s also best to box them in the sequence that you’ll want
Protecting Your Dishware
Damaged dishware usually is caused by improper packing. A good rule of
thumb is always to use more cushioning material than you think you’d
actually need. Moreover, utilize heavy-duty tape and boxes. For flat china
and plates, start with the larger items and put the smaller ones closer to the
top. Use a mid-sized carton or a box specifically designed for dish packing
and line it with crumpled newspaper. Wrap each plate with clean
newspaper by first placing a stack on a table and centering every plate on
the paper. Additionally, once you’ve wrapped the plates in several sheets,
make sure to secure it with packing tape. When placing them in the box, it
is best to put them standing on an edge instead of flat.