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5 Tips for Packing Fragile Items for Removal

When you’re moving house, the last thing you want to worry about is broken belongings. However, the moving van isn’t always a smooth ride and objects can get accidentally damaged along the way if they’re not packaged properly. To prevent this, here are 5 helpful tips when it comes to packing fragile items for the removal van: 1)    Be prepared.When it comes to handling fragile items, the last thing you need is to be rushing, as this is when accidents can happen. Start packing your more fragile items well in advance of moving day. This will allow you to package them safely, affectively and individually to avoid any cracks or scrapes. Keep the packed boxes somewhere out of harm’s way in the meantime. If possible, take them to your new home before moving day to ensure they arrive safely and don’t get lost in the rest of the packing.2)    Use the right materials.Buy protective materials like bubble wrap in bulk to cut costs. Stock up on tape to secure the materials in place and keep hold of old newspapers, as this can be useful for stuffing boxes in order to minimize movement. When packing delicate items, it’s imperative you don’t skimp on materials, which will protect them, as the price of these will be far less than the potential financial and sentimental cost of having your belongings broken.3)    Package each item.It’s essential that each item is packed individually. This will not only ensure they stay in one piece but will also make sure the items don’t rub against each other causing chipping and scratches. This is particularly relevant when it comes to plates and glasses. Wrap each item in bubble wrap and secure it with tape. When packing the wrapped items in their boxes, stuff scrunched up newspaper between them and around the top, bottom and sides so the items don’t bounce around inside. When positioning the wrapped items, it’s also useful to package them correctly. For example, pack the larger, heavier fragile items at the bottom of the box and lighter ones at the top. Put newspaper between each piece and be careful not to over-pack the box with items themselves, instead, fill the spaces with newspaper.4)    Label clearly.Ensure you label the boxes with fragile items inside as ‘fragile’ and ensure you mark the right way up to carry the item. Secure the boxes themselves thoroughly so there’s no chance of them falling open when the house movers pick them up. Moving day can be a bit frantic so boxes can get shifted around roughly. If you label your boxes currently, the removal company will know to be careful with them, thus preventing the likelihood of damage. 5)    Pack fragile items last.Packing the boxes full of fragile items last will ensure the removal company can get them out first once they’ve arrived at the destination. This means they can be put in a safe place, away from the hubbub of the rest of the move. If possible, ensure the heavier boxes are stacked at the bottom and lighter at the top to avoid unnecessary strain being put on the smaller items. Make sure the moving van isn’t over-packed so that the boxes don’t topple out as soon as the doors are opened.