A house move is a difficult, stress-inducing process. You have to organize your possessions, get rid of what you’re not taking with you, pack up your items, get them to your new home, and then unpack and reorganize them.
With so much work required, it is easy to overlook the steps required for a successful move. One of those is ensuring your fragile items arrive at your home without being smashed into pieces. Yet if you don’t show the necessary care for those delicate pieces, that’s exactly what is going to happen.
To prevent this heartache from happening and keep your sentimental possessions safe, the following is a guide to protecting fragile items during a house move.
Rushing is one of the most common reasons behind fragile items suffering damage. Due to the extra TLC required for these items, you have to set aside plenty of time for packing. This way, you can pack all of your possessions the right way – more on that below.
Use the right packaging materials
Due to the bumps, shocks, and vibrations that can cause your breakables to, well, break, you have to take great care in using the right packaging materials. You might believe clothing, towels, and blankets will do the job, but beware: these items struggle to maintain their ability to cushion.
As for effective packing materials you should use, consider:
- Moving boxes
- Heavy grade paper
- Packaging peanuts
- Bubble wrap
- Corrugated fiberboard
- Polystyrene structures
Clearly mark moving boxes
Once your possessions have been packed up, there’s one last aspect you need to do during this phase: mark the moving boxes. Fortunately, this is the easiest step of the process. All you need to do is write the word ‘Fragile’ onto the side of the boxes which contain your fragile items. When doing this, ensure the word is bold and clear to see for the movers.
Pick the right mover
When you select a professional moving company that has a reputation for quality, you can be assured your fragile possessions will be transported with the care required. There’s just one issue: finding a company which delivers this type of service.
As you search the list of residential and commercial movers in your area, pay close attention to reviews from recent customers. In addition, see how long they have been in operation – the longer this is, the more evidence they have done quality work over a sustained period of time.
Unpack with care
The last thing you want is for your fragile items to arrive at your new home intact, only for them to break due to a sudden bout of carelessness. So once your items are in your home, ensure you take that extra time and precaution when unpacking.
It’s also advised you leave these fragile possessions until last. With so many possessions being moved around as you organize stuff, it’s all too easy to bump and knock over any items already out in the open.