There’re not many issues more sensitive than moving. While moving is never easy, moving your fragile items can be particularly hard. More often than not, these fragile items are typically closer to your heart, and as such are invaluable. Therefore, it becomes doubly important for you to ensure their safe removal when you move to a new house. Handling fragile items is anything but easy. What you need is a certain degree of planning and carefulness. Otherwise, these items can break, and with them, your heart. These items, more often than not, possess not only sentimental value, which in itself is a good reason for taking good care of them while moving, but are also usually expensive. If you’re not careful with them, you might incur a substantial monetary loss. We are sure this is something that you wouldn’t want, or would you? Therefore, it is necessary for you to follow the below-mentioned guidelines which are created specifically for keeping fragile and valuable items safe and sound during house removals. These tips, while simple, are hugely effective, so we strongly recommend you to follow them as they are.
Let’s now look at some of the most useful removal tips to keep your fragile items hundred percent safe during house moving:
- Be slow and steady in packing them
More often than not, fragile items get damaged because of rushed packing. There are certain things which don’t require your full attention as you pack them, but not your fragile items. As said above, you must be careful when you handle them. Pack them at a slow, steady pace. It is best if you pack these items when you know you are not hard-pressed for time.
- Use appropriate packing material
Breakables require different packing materials or extra layers of protection than other items. This is because a small jerk might damage them and render them useless. Whether you’re transferring them in your car or a removal truck, it is necessary that pack them appropriately. For instance, you can use towels or blankets or both for extra cushion. This added layer of protection will reduce the chances of breakage in transit. However, these household items are not as effective as professional packing material. Therefore, it would be better if you invest a little extra in the packing material. For instance, use corrugated fiberboard or heavy grade paper, both of which act as a buffer against shocks and jerks. Also, use boxes of appropriate sizes. Packing your fragile items too tightly is a recipe for disaster. This is because, in case of jerks, the packed items will collide with each other and rub against each other, increasing their chances of breaking. One more special packing material that you can’t afford to ignore is bubble wrap.
- Pack each fragile item appropriately
When it comes to packing fragile items, there’s no one-size-fits-all technique. You must adapt your technique according to the item you need to pack. Example: You need to pack plates, but as they are breakable, you can’t simply throw them one-by-one in the box and hope that they will all be in one-piece when you open the box upon reaching the new house. Instead, you need to cover every plate with a paper and place them vertically. This way you’ll be able to pack more plates in one box and also keep them safe. If you stack them one at the top of the other, the plates that are lower in the pile will bear a lot of uneven pressure, which in turn might break them. Similarly, if you need to pack lighting lamps, first remove the bulb and wrap a newspaper around the stand. Next lay the stand sideways and pack the bulb separately after wrapping a paper around it. Another fragile item that requires special care, and therefore a special mention here, is your glass items. Carefully and thoroughly wrap a paper around each glass item before packing them. If you are packing glasses, first put tissue paper inside it and then wrap them with paper.
- Mark the boxes which contain fragile items
All the care that you’ve put in packing fragile items could go to complete waste if you fail to clearly mark the boxes containing fragile items. If you don’t mark these boxes or don’t mark them clearly enough, the movers might handle them just the same way as boxes containing unbreakable items—and that could spell disaster. This is because to ensure safe and smooth transferring of your fragile items, you need to be as careful with them while moving as you are while packing. Therefore, simply write “FRAGILE ITEMS” in bold on the box that has such items. Alternatively, you can color the box red, which is an equally good indication for the box to be handled carefully.
With help of these tips, you can keep your fragile items safe as you transfer them to your new house. These tips don’t require much effort or time or money but can help you save you from much distress, and we’re not talking about only monetary distress. Many of your fragile items might have emotional value for you, and the last thing in the world, you would want to do is damage them during house moving.
While these tips are immensely useful, the best thing to do will be to hire professional removalists. We treat our customers’ valuables as if they were our own and observe all necessary precautions that are necessary to keep them safe and in one-piece.