If you’ve ever moved, you’ll know the anxiety that comes with moving things that are fragile and near and dear to your heart. Like a family heirloom, or a beautiful vase, no one wants to have these things damaged or completely broken after a move to a new home. In order to avoid this from happening, it comes down to being prepared and having the right tools to pack them away safely and securely.

Here are four easy tips to pack your fragile items and keep them intact:

Advanced Preparation
Packing up valuable and fragile items takes a little more time and care than packing up some old pairs of running shoes. Now is not the time or place to rush! If you are not hiring professional movers, then you should start packing these items away well before the actual moving day. Doing so will allow you to take the time to pack them properly and choose whether they will go into the moving truck or in the car.

Acquire The Right Tools

  • Things you will need:
  • quality moving boxes in different sizes
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Pliable cardboard
  • Scissors

And a large working surface to lay out your items. You might also need an extra pair of hands if items are quite large.

Labels
Labelling your delicate boxes with “fragile” will help you and your movers to know that they should handle it with care. This will also help you greatly when you are unpacking in your new home.

Know How To Pack Different Items Properly
For example, your family china and a flat screen tv will need to be packed much differently than each other. You can do your research online on the proper way to pack each item. Plan and pack in advance, as you wouldn’t want to run out of bubble wrap or packing paper on the day of.

How To Pack Common Fragile Items

Plates
Plates should be stacked vertically in boxes lined with crumpled packing paper on the bottom and top. Wrap each plate in bubble wrap secured by tape. Place paper in between plates, and don’t overpack the box.

Glasses
Glasses should be wrapped individually with packing paper and placed inside larger pieces to diminish empty space. Line boxes with packing paper top and bottom. Place paper in between glasses as well, to reduce the chance of items moving around.

Picture Frames
These should be placed in paper lined boxes. If they are larger than eight inches, place them standing with paper crumpled between each piece.

TVs
Remove any wiring and place that in a separate box, labelled. Next, wrap your TV in a soft moving blanket, secured around the TV with packing tape. Then place it in a box and close it up. Be sure the box is the appropriate size.

Lastly, make sure to let your movers know which boxes contain which fragile items so that they can be more aware and handle these boxes with extra care. Most moving companies will be able to provide specialized boxes and tools for fragile items.

Contact Purely Canadian Movers today if you have any questions.