How to Pack Delicate Items for Moving

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How to Pack Delicate Items for MovingWhen planning a move, you have probably already identified certain items that you do not wish to see get broken.

Nearly everyone has treasures they would like to hold onto, whether it is an heirloom set of china or a delicate collectible.

Many times, these items hold a great deal of sentimental value and therefore cannot be replaced. How do you deal with moving fragile items so that they get to your destination undamaged? Here is some practical advice from Prime Texas Movers.

Gather the Necessary Materials

Before you can determine how to wrap fragile items, you will first need to gather all the necessary supplies. Make sure you have the following on hand:

  • Newspaper or packing paper
  • Sheets of bubble wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Tape dispenser
  • Sturdy cardboard box
  • Pieces of Styrofoam or packing peanuts (optional)

How to Pack Fragile Items for Moving

After gathering your supplies, you are then ready to get started. What is the best method of packing glass for shipping? First, take each piece and wrap it in two layers of bubble wrap. Secure the wrap with packing tape and then cover with two more layers of paper. Use more tape to hold the packing paper in place.

Continue preparing items in this manner until all of your fragile belongings have been wrapped. Once you have finished, set the wrapped goods aside and get ready to prepare a box in which to place them in.

Packing Fragile Items for Moving

Use a sturdy corrugated cardboard box for moving fragile items. Before placing anything into the box, add a few pieces of crumpled paper to the bottom to act as a cushioning. A piece of bubble wrap cut to fit the bottom of the box would work as well.

Add the delicate items to your box, placing the heaviest ones near the bottom. Pack your items in such a way that there is little or no space between your contents and the wall of your box. If you must leave space, fill it with more pieces of crumpled-up paper. Alternatively, you could also use pieces of Styrofoam or packing peanuts to help fill in the gaps.

Do not Overfill the Box

Do not fill your box completely to the flaps. Instead, leave around one inch of open space at the top. That way, if another heavier box is placed on top of this one, your delicate possessions will not become crushed. Add more packing material over top to act as a buffer and provide additional cushioning.

You may want to leave even more than one inch of space if you have especially heavy items. It’s always better to pack fewer things in a box than it is to add so many that it would cause the container to break.

Label your Box

Part of knowing how to pack fragile items for moving involves labeling your box correctly. Using a permanent marker, write “fragile” on the top and all sides of the box. Be sure your letters are large enough that the moving team will be easily able to see them. You may also wish to list the contents of the box in smaller letters underneath. This helps facilitate the unpacking process while serving as an extra reminder for people to handle your box carefully.

Professional Care and Handling of Delicate Items

Here at Prime Texas Movers, we are very familiar with the best way to ship fragile items and will always take extreme care of all your delicate belongings. We are committed to handling your household goods as cautiously as we would our own. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional service that includes helping safeguard your possessions against breakage. If you need relocation assistance, to include advice on how to wrap fragile items, please contact us.