Beware, Fragile: 7 Top Tips For Packing and Moving Fragile Items

Francey Beall
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On average, an American will move 11.4 times in their lifetime. Whether you're on the lower or higher end of the spectrum of this statistic, it doesn't change the fact that you need to pack up and start a new life soon.

Regardless of whether it's your first or 10th move, packing fragile items is always a headache. Not only do you have to take extra care, but you also worry about it the entire journey to your new home.

To take some stress off relocation, you should learn some expert packing tips. Here are 7 top tips for packing and moving fragile items so your belongings are safe and sound.

1. Choose the Right Boxes

You might be tempted to try and save money by using whatever boxes you can find in your house, but this can be a huge mistake. If the boxes aren't the right sizes, your items will be loose, which can cause them to get scratched or broken.

If possible, use the boxes your items originally came in. This is ideal, as they were transported in these in the first place. This means these boxes are proven to be effective and protective.

2. Use Packing Paper

For fragile glass items, packing paper is a must. If you can't get any, then newspapers will work in a pinch (just be careful, since there's ink on it that can rub off).

Crumple these sheets up and fill in any spaces in your belongings; for instance, inside your cups. Then, after you've fit all your items inside a box, crumple more and stuff them in the empty spaces. That way, your fragile things won't get jostled around while in transit, which will help prevent them from breaking.

You can also use packing paper for larger things without empty spaces, like framed paintings. Just wrap a few layers around them, then tape the paper to secure it.

3. Use Bubble Wrap

In addition to packing paper, you'll need bubble wrap. This is the main thing that'll protect your items from breaking.

Once you've wrapped your possessions in packing paper, give it extra security by wrapping bubble wrap around them too. Make sure to tape up the ends so the bubble wrap doesn't unravel.

You can also line the insides of your boxes with bubble wrap so if things do get jostled, they'll hit a soft surface instead. If all your things are wrapped in bubble wrap as well, then there's practically no chance of anything shattering or getting scratched.

4. Disassemble Everything You Can

It might be a pain to do, but it'll be worth it in the long run. When you have things like drawers in wardrobes or lampshades on lamps, these all can potentially slip and slide while in transit.

Take out everything you can and pack them separately. For things you can't take out (such as a flip-out desk), use strong packing tape to ensure they don't flop open in the truck (use painter's tape if you don't want to ruin existing paint). You'll also want to tape glass cabinets shut when you've taken all the shelves and parts out of them.

With all the disassembled parts, you should wrap them up in packing paper and bubble wrap like we outlined above. Keep all parts together either by sticking them in a bag or by placing them within the vicinity of one another in the moving truck.

5. Label All Your Boxes

This may seem obvious, but it's absolutely vital you label all your boxes, especially the ones with fragile items inside. No matter if you're moving them yourself or having a professional team do it, a huge "FRAGILE" sign can make all the difference.

When you've spent the entire day moving things back and forth, it's easy to space out and forget you're handling something fragile. A box that just says "plates" won't have as much impact as "Plates: FRAGILE."

6. Load Your Fragile Items Strategically

Now that you've gotten everything packed, you need to load all the boxes into your car or a moving truck. Don't just put boxes wherever you want, as this can cause your items to break, even if you've packed them expertly.

If it's something like musical instruments, try to have it next to you on the car ride to your new home. Or if it's delicate dishes and plates, gather all the boxes in one area in the moving truck so all the fragile items are together.

By putting some extra thought into your box placement, you'll get extra security for your most treasured possessions.

7. Get Professional Help

Sometimes, the best way to make sure your fragile items aren't broken in a move is to get professional packing services. These people have years of experience packing and moving all sorts of belongings, which means yours will be in good hands.

Not only will your items be more secure while in transport, but packing will also be done so much quicker. Again, professionals have years of experience under their belt, so they can clear out a house in just a few hours.

Not only that, but your belongings are insured while under their care. This means if they do manage to damage your items, you'll at least be reimbursed for it.

Make Sure Your Fragile Items Don't Break in Your Move

Moving with fragile items can be scary, but it doesn't mean it has to be a disaster. By following our top tips for packing and moving fragile items, you can ensure you get all your possessions from point A to B without a scratch.

Do you need some professionals to help you with your upcoming move? Then get in touch with us today! We're licensed to move you within Texas or to a different state.

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