When it comes to moving house, the ultimate goal is to move your belongings with minimal stress and zero breakage. Your furniture removalist does their very best to tick both these boxes for you, but if you have not moved with a household of belongings before, it's important to know that the way you pack your fragile items has a huge impact whether anything breaks. Here are four packing tips to ensure that your belongings make it to your new home in the same condition they left the old one.
To protect your fragile items from damage, you can kill two birds with one stone by using your household linen as wrapping for small kitchen items such as plates and glasses. Slip a dinner plate inside a pillowcase, for example, and then stack each plate on top of each other in the box. The thickness of the linen stops the plates from rubbing against each other and causing chips and other types of damage.
Foam peanuts are an ideal packing item for fragile belongings, and you can purchase them through your furniture removalist or at your local hardware store. The beauty of foam peanuts is that you can use as many or as little as you need. Place the foam peanuts around your fragile objects once they are in their box to stop the item moving in transit. When packing fragile items, you don't want the item to move, but you also don't want to pack it so tightly in the box that the pressure of the packaging causes the item to break. Foam peanuts are flexible and light enough to use for packing without causing damage.
Don't try to save money by using thin cardboard boxes for your fragile items. You need thick, reinforced cardboard boxes which provide strong protection for your belongings. You can purchase or hire these types of boxes from a removalist. You can also buy them at the hardware store. You must pack your fragile goods in good quality boxes if you expect them to survive the moving day.
Finally, if your furniture removalist does not know what is in the box, then they don't know to handle fragile items with extra special care. Therefore, take the time to label the top and side of all boxes containing fragile items with an indicator that the contents are fragile. Make this word bold and clear so it is easily seen.
If you have concerns about the packing of a specific fragile item, talk to your removalists about the best way to transport it. They have all the tips and advice you need to get your items between houses without damage.