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Most Important Tips For Packing Fragile Items

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Packing can be a tricky endeavor, especially when the belongings involved can shatter with the slightest tap. Packing fragile items requires care, caution, a little knowledge and the proper materials to ensure the delicate pieces arrive at your new home without a scratch.

Pack them first

Most of your delicate and fragile possessions serve purposes that are usually ornamental or reserved for special occasions--crystal stemware, china, tea cups, wine glasses and other glassware, or decorative ceramic vases. Since you don't use these items daily, they can be packed away in advance to avoid rushing through the process hastily several days before your move.

Allowing yourself ample time to carefully pack your breakables will ensure that the job is done right. Plus, they will be safely out of the way while you are rummaging through your home, struggling to complete last-minute packing tasks. Stow the boxes packed with your fragile items in a low-traffic section of your house to protect them from the hectic moving and packing hoopla.

Use quality materials

When packing your most delicate belongings it's imperative to use high-quality, sturdy packing materials to ensure that they survive the transport without a scratch.

You will need:
  • Sturdy cardboard boxes
  • Packing paper or blank newsprint
  • Bubble wrap

  • Durable packing tape

  • Cell boxes (for glassware and stemware)

TIP: Cell boxes are optimal for packing wine glasses and other fragile glassware because of the cardboard dividers. These keep the glasses stationary during transit and prevent them from banging together and cracking.

Use sufficient cushioning

Every item should be carefully and thoroughly wrapped in high-quality packing paper and bubble wrap for the best protection. Stuff the insides of glasses with crumpled packing paper to reinforce the delicate glass against outside pressure. If you are using a cell box, place a wad of crumpled paper at the bottom of each individual cell before inserting the glass.

Ample padding is required inside the box as well. Line the bottom of your box with crumpled paper, packing peanuts, or towels. Place the items inside carefully, and fill any empty spaces between them with more padding. After the box is fully packed, top it off with several sheets of packing paper or a towel/blanket for extra security.

Close the box's flaps and do the "shake test"--lift the box and carefully shake it to see if anything inside moves or rattles. If so, you require more cushioning. The goal is to ensure everything in the box remains stationary during transit.

Label boxes

After securely taping the top and bottom of each box, clearly label the contents "FRAGILE" and "This Side Up", so you or the movers will know what position to carry and set the box down.

Be sure to label each side of the box so that the words are visible from every direction.

Consider insurance

If your fragile items are especially valuable, you may want to consider purchasing additional insurance coverage for them. The standard compensation provided by movers is known as Replacement Value Protection--and it covers just a mere 60 cents per pound per article.

You could opt to ask your movers about additional coverage--known as Full Value Protection--but be sure to ask about limitations on items packed yourself. Many moving companies will not provide insurance for anything that they have not packed except in cases of negligence, which can be hard to prove.

If you are packing your own items, you can also purchase moving insurance from a third-party carrier.

Hire professional movers/packers

The best way to ensure that your fragile items make the trek to your new home unscathed and intact is to let professional movers and packers to handle the job. Enlisting the aid of full-service movers will allow you to sit back and relax as skilled professionals pack and transport your belongings, including your most delicate and valuable possessions. Trained in proper packing procedures and equipped with the highest quality materials, they will handle your treasured items with care and efficiency.

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  Posted by Nicole La Capria on September 13, 2013

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