A long distance move can be quite an undertaking, and packing will be one of the most time consuming tasks. Packing fragile items can be especially troublesome if you’re not prepared, as if not properly packed they will easily break during transit or storage should the appropriate steps not be taken to ensure they are securely packed and clearly marked. Below are a few tips to help when packing these items, ranging from how to pack fragile goods to what the best materials are and how to acquire them.
Whatever you do, don’t leave packing fragile and valuable items until last, especially not on moving day itself. Generally, the things that are the most fragile are also likely to be the most valuable. You can use this to your advantage, as if you have a lot of glass/crystal ware that is rarely used, you can start packing them up well in advance of moving day. Not only does this mean you can take your time packing them to make them secure, you also avoid any breakages if they are still not packed while the removals are being done.
Packing general valuables
As you can generally start packing anything fragile well in advance, the important thing is to take your time to avoid any breakages. There is a good technique to use when packing these items too, which will make sure they are as secure as possible. To begin, take the heaviest and largest fragile items you have, and pack these in the box first. You’ll also need some scrap paper or bubble wrap, which you should add a layer of in between each item as you pack it. Once you have the heaviest item done, then start working towards the smallest and lightest, adding a new layer of bubble wrap/scrap paper in between each item. Try to visualise the packing as placing bricks, filling in any spaces with padding. Once you have the main items out the way, anything very small can be slotted into gaps, along with further padding. Essentially you are aiming for a packed box that makes no noise when gently rattled, as this means everything is snug and securely packed.
TVs and computers can be easily damaged in a move, and will be too large to pack along with other valuables. Your best bet here is to use the boxes they came in when you purchased them if possible. If you don’t have them anymore, then finding boxes of appropriate size will work just as well, provided you make sure they are very well secured with bubble wrap or scrap paper to avoid movement in the box. Another option is to simply wrap them in around a 5cm thickness of bubble wrap, and make sure the wrap is secured rigidly with a lot of packing tape.
Labelling and transport
Once you have valuables or fragile items packed, make sure you label them clearly. All your hard work and careful packing can easily go to waste if you don’t, as they may be mistaken for more durable goods and mishandled as a result. Marker pens or sticky labels will be equally as good here, but make sure the labelling is bright and clear, including relevant instructions such as ‘this way up’ and so on. To be extra safe, you can transport valuables yourself on moving day by hiring a man in a van specifically for this purpose. It can sometimes be worth a little extra spent in your moving budget for the peace of mind you get having fragile items close at hand.