Moving house has got to be one of the hardest, daunting and most stressful things you can do in your life, especially if you have accumulated so many items you now consider prized possessions that need to be transported with care. Often we don’t realise how fragile something is until we open up the box on the other side and it’s broken! How can we prevent this from happening? Here are some tips to help minimise breakages as we move from A to B. And trust me, after going through a massive move only a few short months ago and suffering a few casualties I could have really used some of these tips myself!
USE A PROFESSIONAL COMPANY TO HELP TRANSPORT YOUR ITEMS
If you are like me and live in a town far away from help from your family, moving house can be a big struggle. There are also some things we just cannot move on our own. Hiring a professional mover company such as Hire-A-Mover reduces the added stress of handling difficult and delicate items and makes transporting them easier.
BUBBLE WRAP DELICATE ITEMS
Simple, but effective. Pottery, crockery or glass should be wrapped in bubble wrap for that extra bit of cushioning. It also helps to minimise rattling in the box. If they come in parts, like the top of the teapot, wrap each of the items singularly and sit them in place.
FILL GAPS IN THE BOX WITH NEWSPAPER
Smaller items have a tendency to move around in the box as it travels to the next location. To stop this from happening, fill all the extra gaps with newspaper so no loose items go astray.
BOX DELICATE ITEMS WITH LINEN
Another way to minimise breakages is to wrap them in bed sheets or towels for a cost-effective way to add cushioning.
PACK DELICATE ITEMS AS THOUGH YOU ARE SOLVING A PUZZLE
The tighter you pack and the less space between the items, the better. It reduces friction and the ability for the items to move around. Just think tetris!
USE STYROFOAM FOR YOUR LARGER BREAKABLES
Televisions, printers and monitors should be reinforced with Styrofoam to stop the shifting within the box. There is a good reason they come packed in it when you originally buy them from a store. If you have kept the original packaging, that is a bonus.
EXTREMELY DELICATE ITEMS SHOULD BE PACKED INDIVIDUALLY
Some items just can’t handle even the slightest bit of friction. If you have any antique vases of value, then this is where you should isolate them in their own box and use the tips above to make sure you’re really going the extra mile to protect such items.
USE PILLOWS AS BUFFERS
If you have items that have been isolated, you could use pillows as cushioning and to save space. It’s a good way to pack your pillows for a move while protecting other items at the same time.
TAPE BOTH SIDES OF THE BOX FOR EXTRA STRENGTH
We always tape the top of the box, but often forget about taping the bottom. Reinforce both sides of the box to prevent items falling out the bottom. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I forgot to use this step!
MAKE USE OF THE BIG RED ‘FRAGILE’ STICKERS
Once the box has been sealed, there’s no telling what it could be holding. The easiest way to ensure it’s handled with care is to label it ‘FRAGILE’ in big, unmissable letters.
When was the last time you had a big move? What tips saved you from any mishaps? Let me know in the comments below!