7 Tips for Packing Breakable Items
We’ve all been there. You think you’ve done everything you can to brace your household items for the move and at least one thing arrives to you broken. It happens to all of us, of course. So if you are trying to prevent this from happening again, there are a few steps you can take to reduce your risks of getting something back in pieces so you can be even more prepared for the movers collecting your things.
1) Take care with bubble wrap.
Bubble wrap is not a good idea for anything extremely heavy or with pointed edges. Best use for bubble wrap are items like plates. So wrap your plates with bubble wrap and store them vertically in boxes.
2) Make sure you have quality moving boxes.
In the process of preparing for a move, many people get their moving boxes from places like grocery stores or second hand boxes from a neighbor or friend who have extra handy. Take extra care with these boxes and examine them for tears or water stains as these boxes can fall apart and thus, further damage breakables in the process of the move.
3) Layer the bottom with newspaper.
Newspaper can help absorb any shock that happens while moving and reduce the risks of items breaking. This extra cushioning is very important when packing breakable items, so set aside newspapers for this purpose. Be generous as well with this cushioning layer and layer at least six inches worth.
4) Wrap glasses with packing paper.
Also, when packing glasses, stuff the inside of the glass with paper as well. Place the heavy duty glasses along the bottom of boxes and then line the more fragile glasses at the top.
5) Ask movers for the proper boxes.
Let your movers know if you have heavy materials such as mirrors or large picture frames. Sometimes they can provide you with the proper boxes and you will not have to purchase extra. If you aren’t using a professional mover, there are picture frame and mirror boxes you can buy in this case. Buy painters tape to tape across the middle of the mirror to help prevent any cracks in the glass
6) Labeling is key.
When packing, label the boxes clearly if they contain fragile items. Also, mark the boxes specifically for what they contain and which room. Obvious warnings on the box are extremely helpful and will be taken into consideration no matter who has taken the box.
7) Leave space at the top.
While your instinct may tell you to pack things to the very brim, leave space at the top. On the off chance, a heavier box gets placed on top of your fragile box, if you haven’t left any room, your items will be damaged, cracked or worse.