Packing and moving an entire household can be extremely stressful. So it's important to allot some time out so you can make sure all of your fragile items are secure. One website says that if you live in a larger house, this time allotment is imperative since it can take weeks to prepare for the move.
You'll also want to get help from a moving service, so that they can help you move large pieces that you cannot move yourself. Here are some tips to make sure everything is protected once it's in the moving van.
Wrap Fragile Items in Paper
For fragile items, like teacups, you'll want to first pad the box with layers of crumpled pieces of paper. You'll then want to wrap the individual pieces in paper. Some people use newspaper to wrap their items, however, you may want to purchase plain newsprint or packing paper from the movers to avoid the risk of ink stains. While it can be tedious to wrap individual items, this is one of the best ways to avoid chips and dents if items clink together during transport.
Fill Your Boxes Completely
Once everything is layered and individual items are wrapped in paper, be sure to fill in any crevices with packing peanuts or crumpled pieces of paper. Boxes—especially cardboard boxes—can cave in if they aren't filled completely. If boxes aren't filled completely, then they need to be stacked on top in the moving van. If you are worried about this problem, use plastic bins for your most fragile items.
Use Special Boxes for Dishes and Picture Frames
For plates and other china, be sure to pick up some dish boxes (also known as dish packs). These boxes use a double layer of corrugated cardboard to stabilize the internal aspect of the box. These special boxes also separate items so they aren't bumping in to one another.
Another special box to consider is a telescopic box. These boxes have sections that are designed to slide into one another for tight packing. If you have lots of picture frames or artwork, these boxes are a must.
If you have a piece of artwork, like an oil painting, you'll first want to cover the frame with glassine paper, which will protect the piece from moisture and dust. If the frame has glass, you'll want to tape an X across the glass. If the glass gets broken during the move, this tape will hold it in place and keep it from shattering or scratching your paper.
Lastly, before putting your picture frames into telescopic boxes, make sure they have a piece of cardboard laid on top of them. Then wrap the frames in bubblewrap so they are protected and fit snugly in the boxes.
Get Assistance With Packing or Moving Heavy Items
Although you wouldn't think of large pieces of furniture as fragile items, these things can get damaged easily due to improper packing! For example, if you are trying to break down tables or chairs and have never done so before, you may end up damaging the legs. So it's in your best interest to leave heavy items to the movers if you can. Not only will you avoid damaging heavy pieces, but you'll avoid hurting yourself as well. Also, movers have the right equipment to pack and move these items, like packing blankets, ropes, and dolleys.
One large piece that you can do some prep work on, however, is a piano. Be sure that the lid is locked, so that the keys aren't damaged. Since the piano's wood can warp, be sure to pack some desiccants inside the lid before packing. Like your other heavy furniture, a piano will need to be covered in non-slip blankets to protect its finish and sharp corners.
If you keep these tips in mind, you'll be able to keep your items safe and secure during this process. Reach out to a local moving company to continue reading more about moving tips.