Moving is a stressful process especially when you have fragile items to pack and relocate. There are high chances that you own various fragile and valuable items that require extra precautions to ensure safe moving.
By packing at the last moment just before the arrival of your removal service in Melbourne, you may end up throwing things haphazardly into the boxes which is highly likely to cause irreparable damage to your treasured fragile objects.
Follow these 9 safety tips to safely pack fragile items.
Prepare in Advance
Before you start packing, get a rough idea of how many fragile belongings you own. Categorise them according to size and decide how they can be packed up with similar objects.
Most importantly, you shouldn’t rush as packing requires a good amount of time. With some precautions and right packing material, you can easily pack your valuable belongings.
Essential packing materials that you will need for packing:
- permanent marker,
- heavy-duty packaging tape,
- pliable cardboard,
- packing peanuts,
- bubble wrap,
- plastic furniture covers,
- old newspapers,
- used t-shirts and bedsheets and
- durable boxes (small or medium)
Use the Right Box
Don’t overestimate your cardboard boxes to hold more weight than usual. Make sure you invest in a strong, good quality box to reduce the risk of damage.
Pack your fragile items in sturdy cardboard or plywood boxes to withstand the shock of quick movements. It is recommended to choose a box slightly bigger than the object.
Fill the empty spaces with the protective packing material such as packing peanuts, wadded paper, or bubble wrap to minimise the risk of delicate items banging together.
Use Bubble Wrap and Packing Paper
Right packing material is the first line of defence for fragile items. It’s important to stock up the necessary packing materials such as bubble wrap and packing paper beforehand. They act as a shock-absorbers by filling up the remaining space inside boxes.
Try a different approach to pack different fragile items:
Pack each china item in a bubble wrap and place a layer of cushioning (pliable cardboard or cushion foam) between the crockery before packing. Always store your plates vertically in a box to reduce the surface area.
Use a double-walled medium box for packing glassware. It may seem small but becomes heavy after stacking one on top of the other. For better protection, wrap individual glasses with old newspaper and secure it with packing tape.
Tape the mirror diagonally, and parallelly edge to edge to make a shape of a star on the mirror. This unique arrangement protects the glass by absorbing the vibrations during transportation. Be sure to segregate multiple sizes of glass and place them separately.
Vases and Fine Ceramics
While packing vases and similar objects, try to add a double layer of crumpled newspaper or an old t-shirt to secure the bottlenecked portion.
Secure Electronic Items
Electronics are also fragile items and it is important to secure them well while packing.
- Take a backup of your digital data before packing.
- If possible, use original boxes for packing electronic devices.
- Take pictures of all the wiring connections before disconnecting them. It will help reassemble your device easily.
Wrap Cardboard around Large Delicate Belongings
You need an innovative packaging solution for large and oddly shaped fragile belongings that may not fit in any box. First, gently wrap the entire item with bubble wrap, then place it on the malleable cardboard.
Now slowly bend the cardboard until the item is completely secured. You can also tape small pieces of cardboard around the item for double protection.
Use a Variety of Box Sizes
You need a variety of small, medium, and large boxes for packing different items. First, assort the items according to weight, size, and shape.
Always pack light items into bigger boxes and heavy items into smaller boxes. With the different variety of boxes, you can easily manage the space while securing the boxes in the back of the vehicles.
Don’t forget to label each box that contains delicate items as “FRAGILE”.
Handle Broken Items (if any) Safely after Moving
Just in case any fragile item breaks during transportation, proceed with caution. Use a high-powered vacuum cleaner and gloves for your own safety.
In the event of breakage of any items, such as cleaning bottles or electronic devices, respond accordingly. Take proper safety measures to protect yourself and others while dealing with anything flammable and dangerous.
Identify potential issues and prepare in advance to avoid damage during the transport of your belongings. In case you need more tips on how to pack your delicate items in the safest possible manner, call your moving services in Melbourne.