Tips for packing fragile items during your move

Moving is a huge job and packing is one of the biggest parts of it.  When it comes time to pack up everything in your home, packing fragile items will take a little bit of extra time and maybe even more planning. Here are some tips on how to pack your most fragile items so they can stay protected and intact during all parts of the move.

Tip #1: Make sure you have a large enough workspace.
Plan for enough space to pack your items. Don’t crowd your items together where they’re susceptible to being knocked over and broken. Display them carefully in a way that you can reach them easily and wrap them individually.

Tip #2: Stock up on newsprint:
Wrapping your most delicate items in newsprint is a great idea because it’s substantial enough to provide a cushion against damage. Regular newspaper is good, but if you’re wrapping fine china, use bubble wrap instead, because newspaper ink can stain the china. 

Tip #3: Use the right boxes.  
Using boxes that are the wrong size could cause your fragile items to be put at risk for breakage. Get boxes that are 5.2 cubic feet, as these are double corrugated and are made specifically for fragile items.

Tip #4: Don’t get lazy.
When you’re packing, it’s easy to feel rushed or tired, so you might try to take some short cuts. But if you slow down and put a little bit of extra time wrapping your valuable items, it’s worth it. Pack the boxes in tiers, by adding a layer of wrinkled paper at the bottom of the box. Then, wrap each item on an individual basis with several pieces of paper. Be sure to keep the heavier and less breakable items on the bottom of the box and then build layers from there with the more fragile items (like glassware or stemware) on the top.

Tip #5: Support the box well.
Don’t leave any extra space in the box. Without the proper support, your box could be put at risk for dropping and items inside could be damaged. 

Tip #6: Get the markers ready for great labeling.
Labeling the outside of the box is very important. Label what is inside of the box and make sure that you write FRAGILE on at least two sides. Also, in order to be extra clear, consider drawing arrows to mark which part is top and which is bottom.

There’s no doubt about it, packing is a lot of work! However, if you do it right, you can trust that your most fragile, valuable items will arrive in your new home in one piece!

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 4:33 am
Nancy Johns | Category: Home Buying Tips, Selling Your Home | Tagged , , , , ,

One response to “Tips for packing fragile items during your move”

  1. Mark Murphy says:

    I really appreciate your tip to try and get boxes that are double corrugated since they are stronger than other boxes! My wife and I have been thinking of getting a new house, and we are concerned that we won’t be able to move some of our more expensive vases into our new house. I will be sure to tell my wife that we should get boxes that are double corrugated!

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