Removal Tips for Fragile Goods
The biggest worry any homeowner has while relocating to a new house is that their delicate and fragile goods will be broken or damaged during the process. Accidents are inevitable and there is always some loss incurred, but there is a lot that you can do to minimize the intensity of it. While professional moving teams will probably do a good job, there's no reason you can't either. If you are packing your goods on your own, instead of crying over spilt milk later, use these handy removal tips and keep your possessions safe!
Never pack too many things into the same box. Sure, you will be tempted to optimize the space you have, and reduce the number of boxes you have to use and buy, but overfilled boxes are one of the most common causes of breakage. Any box that is packed over its capacity is vulnerable to damage- whether it splits at the seams during the move or loses some of the rigidity of structure that helps keep the items inside safe. Packing fragile items involves a lot of smart layering with bubble wrap and old paper, so you only want to add as many items as will allow adequate cushioning. No stuffing!
Don't skimp on the quality of packing materials you use. Cheap cardboard boxes and old, weak twine and ropes are not going to protect your precious breakables on the road. Look at it this way: doesn't it make more sense to spend on good quality packing materials now than to later spend hundreds and thousands on replacing and repairing broken and damaged goods? So, when you are tempted to use old boxes or tape together second-hand cartons, think again.
Maybe you can save money by using those for unbreakable items like clothes and shoes, and spend instead on good cartons for fragile things like dishes and crockery and glassware.
Line all the cardboard boxes and cartons that you use with old paper. Add a layer or two of wrinkled or shredded paper for extra protection. If you are particularly worried, consider adding a folded towel at the bottom of each box.
Packing fragile goods is more about preparing them, that is, getting them ready to be packed, than about actually storing them in their boxes. This means, you need to wrap each item carefully in a few layers of paper and bubble wrap. Tie a string of twine around each item after it has been wrapped to your satisfaction. This will ensure that the wrapping stays in place and keeps the item cushioned properly. With extremely flimsy and expensive items like fine china or wine glasses, you might even add an extra layer with a towel for enhanced safety. After the layering is done, put the item into the box, add a layer of wrinkled paper and prepare the next item.
A very important packing technique is to pack each of these items individually. You might be tempted to stack all the plates or the bowls together in one column, and then wrap the whole thing as one with paper and bubble wrap. However, doing this creates small spaces in the wrapping and the items can later become dislodged and come loose on the road. The only way to truly ensure the safety of fragile goods is to wrap each piece one-by-one and give it its own individual wrapping and cushioning.
Boxes should never be placed under other heavy boxes, nor should they be placed at the very top. Placing them near the edges of the moving vehicle may also cause damage at sharp turns and bends. In fact, the best way to place these boxes is in a single-level line, ideally in a part of the vehicle that is "closed off" or separated from the rest. Tie the boxes together with rope and tie them in place onto any hooks or rails on the vehicle walls to keep them from moving.