In a previous post, we gave some general tips for packing items before a big move. However, many items around the house require specific packing techniques to ensure that they are not broken or compromised during your move. We at Nichols Moving in Slidell offer a variety of packing options, but if you’re planning on packing these fragile items yourself, here are a few things to remember.
Get the Right Packing Material
One of the major mistakes we’ve seen people make is packing fragile items in flimsy boxes or on top of one another. At Nichols Moving, we have top quality packing supplies, including boxes, packing tape and different-sized bubble wrap. You should avoid using wobbly boxes found at convenient stores because they are more likely to fall apart while moving. If necessary, seek out stronger boxes that were used to hold wine or other heavy items. Don’t be afraid to go out and get quality boxes for these items.
Once you’ve found a strong, reliable box, it’s important to make sure it’s secure. Use strong tape to seal the bottom and feel free to apply several strips of tape. You never want to have the bottom fall out on a box containing valuable items.
Wrap the Items in Packing Material
Before placing any fragile item in a box, it should first be wrapped in packing materials. Doing this prevents any glass or silver objects from being scratched by rubbing against one another. Bubble wrap works fantastically for this, and depending on the type of object, it should even be wrapped in several layers for extra safety.
Place the Items Strategically in the Box
When the items are all carefully encased in bubble wrap, it’s time to pack them in the box. Before the objects go in, make sure the bottom of the box is protected. Line the bottom with packing peanuts or a soft towel, so the objects aren’t exposed to the hard ground. Then place the objects in the box. It’s a good idea to space them out from one another, and fill in any gaps with more packing peanuts or bubble wrap.
Try to avoid stacking items on top of each other, but if the box is big enough cover the bottom layer thoroughly with packing material before placing anything on top. If possible, cover the top of the inside with a complete layer of bubble wrap in case the box is accidentally turned upside down.
Seal Up the Box and Mark It
Once the items are in and there is no extra space in the box for them to move around, tape the top with a few strips of strong tape. After, label what’s in the box, so the movers know to be careful when handling it. Be sure to explain which side is up.