Moving can be stressful, especially when it involves delicate items like glassware, china, electronics, or sentimental family heirlooms. At Palmers Relocations, we understand the importance of protecting your valuables during the move. Whether you’re packing yourself or trusting our team, follow these expert tips to ensure your fragile items arrive intact:

1. Choose the Right Packing Supplies

  • Sturdy Moving Boxes: Use high-quality, various-sized boxes to prevent collapsing under weight. Opt for double-walled boxes for extra strength and protection.
  • Packing Paper: Optimal for cushioning and wrapping to protect fragile items during transit. Paper is versatile and can be moulded to fit around different shapes, providing a snug and secure fit.
  • Packing Tape and Markers: Secure boxes with strong tape to keep them sealed during the move. Label clearly with markers to identify contents and special handling instructions.

2. Create a Protective Base

  • Line the bottom of boxes with approximately 2 inches of crumpled packing paper to absorb shocks. This cushioning layer is crucial for preventing damage from bumps and vibrations during transit.

3. Wrap Each Item Carefully

  • Glassware and Ceramics: Wrap each piece generously in packing paper to create a protective barrier. Use multiple layers if necessary, ensuring that every part is covered and secured.
  • Plates: Separate with packing paper and store vertically to minimize the risk of breakage. Plates are stronger along their edges than their flat surfaces, so stacking them vertically can prevent cracks.
  • Electronics: Use original packaging if available; otherwise, pack in packing paper, securing cables separately. Remove batteries and ensure that any movable parts are secured.

4. Strategic Packing

  • Place heavier items at the bottom of boxes and fragile items on top. This prevents heavier items from crushing more delicate ones. Fill any gaps with crumpled paper to prevent shifting, which can cause damage during the move. Avoid overpacking to ensure boxes are not too heavy and can be handled safely.

5. Label Clearly

  • Mark each box with its contents and prominently label “FRAGILE” on all sides to ensure careful handling. Include information about the destination room to make unpacking more organized and efficient. Consider using color-coded labels or stickers for quick identification.
  • At Palmers, all cartons and furniture items are treated as fragile.

6. Consider Professional Packing Services

  • For valuable or delicate items, our professional packing services ensure expert handling and custom packing solutions. Our team is trained to handle all types of fragile items, using the best materials and techniques to protect your belongings.

7. Special Handling for Unique Items

  • Mirrors and Artwork: Use specialized packing techniques and materials tailored to each item’s fragility. Cover the surface with cardboard, wrap in packing paper, and use specially designed boxes.
  • Lamps: Disassemble and wrap the base in packing paper; store lampshades in boxes lined with paper. Keep small components like screws in labelled bags attached to the lamp base.
  • Antiques and Collectibles: Apply extra care with additional layers of packing paper and consider custom crating for high-value pieces. Protect these items with extra cushioning and sturdy boxes to prevent any movement.

Additional Tips for a Smooth Move:

  • Plan Ahead: Start packing well in advance of your move date. Begin with items you use less frequently.
  • Keep an Inventory: Maintain a list of all fragile items and their box numbers for easy tracking.
  • Secure Transport: Ensure your moving vehicle is suitable for transporting fragile items. Proper loading techniques are crucial for avoiding damage.

By following these tips, you can pack your fragile items confidently. For personalized assistance or further tips, contact Palmers Relocations. We’re dedicated to handling your move with the utmost care and professionalism.

Remember: Move with Confidence, Move with Quality, Move with Palmers.