When preparing for a move, nothing can be more taxing and stressful than packing your breakables. You have to be sure they have been wrapped and packed carefully; otherwise, once you start unpacking, you will be opening boxes full of broken plates, glasses, bowls, and decor.
You will then have to buy new ones to replace all the broken items – something that you would rather not do since you just spent a lot on the whole relocation process.
To be sure all your fragile items will still be in pristine condition and usable when you unpack and unwrap them, follow these tips from seasoned removalists in Sydney when packing and moving breakables:
1. Get good quality packing materials
To properly pack fragile items, make sure you have the following supplies:
- Heavy duty cardboard boxes. Make sure the ones you get are not the flimsy, cheap ones that won’t hold their shape even if you stuff them properly. You can use second-hand boxes but choose ones that are clean, dry, and really durable. Better yet, get cartons from a professional moving company as they are sturdy and tailor-made for packing and moving.
- Bubble wrap. Get tons of bubble wrap if you have a lot of fragile items to move. This material is crucial for protecting your breakables.
- Packing paper. Aside from bubble wrap, you also need to use clean, unprinted, soft packing paper for some of your fragile items such as figurines and china ware.
- Hard cardboard. Cut this into pieces to fit the bottom and top of each box.
- Styrofoam peanuts. You will use these for padding.
- Packing tape. Make sure you get good quality rolls of packing tape so that they can properly support and secure the cartons.
- Markers. To be used for labeling the boxes so you and/or the removalists know which ones go where or what each box contains and if any of them needs special handling.
Additionally, prepare a lot of old or unused linen, blankets pillow cases, curtains, towels, tea towels, and crumpled paper to use as padding inside the box.
2. Prepare the boxes
To ensure your boxes do not break and will protect your fragile items throughout the moving process, use packing tape to secure the bottom and the sides of each box. Doing this provides additional insurance against possible breakage.
Next, place a piece of hard cardboard and some crumpled paper such as newsprint or magazine pages at the bottom of each box. This extra padding will provide a shock-absorbent layer that will protect your breakables from unintentional hits and vibrations.
3. Follow the right wrapping strategies
The steps and techniques you employ to wrap your fragile items will go a long way in keeping them safe throughout the moving process. Here are some of the best tips and practices for wrapping them:
- Wrap each breakable with soft paper first. Next, cover the whole item with bubble wrap.
- Secure the stems of your wine glasses and goblets with bubble wrap first. Do this before wrapping each item with packing paper and an additional covering of bubble wrap.
- Wrap extra-fragile items such as wine glasses and expensive china with two layers of soft paper. You can also use plain packing paper if you have some.
- Stuff bowls, vases, decorative jars, goblets, and other breakable hollow items with crumpled packing paper first before wrapping them individually with bubble wrap. This will ensure they won’t break easily.
- If you are covering glass items directly with bubble wrap, make sure you wrap them with the bubbles facing out, away from the object. This will prevent the bubbles from leaving any marks on the glassware.
4. Pack the items carefully in their boxes
Once you’re done wrapping each item, you have to follow the right steps and tips for packing them in boxes.
Some of the helpful tips and techniques you have to follow are:
- Put plates in boxes vertically instead of horizontally. The plates will be less likely to break when they are stacked. Place a sheet of bubble wrap between each plate before stacking them as well.
- As you pack, place wads of paper, Styrofoam peanuts, towels, or any of padding material between each item. This will ensure they won’t move easily and incur any damage during the haul.
- Before taping the box shut, put some padding on top of the items. Place crumpled paper, linens, or towels and the cardboard cut to the size of the box.
5. Label all boxes properly
Lastly, write “fragile” and “handle with care” on at least two sides of the box. Draw arrows pointing upward on the sides as well to so that the removalists will carry these boxes in the right position.
Don’t forget to add a brief description of the content of each box. For instance, if a box contains plates, write “plates” outside the carton as well.
When preparing your breakables for a move, always remember that the right packing supplies and techniques will go a long way in ensuring they won’t get damaged anytime during the whole moving process. And with all your worries about moving your fragile items gone, you will have an easier time focusing on settling into your new home.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.