Congrats on your upcoming move! But what’s your moving budget look like?
Things can get costly if you don’t know how to pack fragile items properly. Imagine arriving at your new place only to find that your favorite antique lamp is in pieces and your family photos are now cracked beyond repair.
To avoid that nightmare, keep reading.
Buy New Boxes
It’s been a few years since you moved, but you kept some cardboard boxes from your last move in the basement so you can re-use them. You want to save money and the planet, right?
Both of those things are noble goals, but you still need new boxes. Those old boxes can wear down with time, and you don’t want to pick up your newly packed box full of valuables only for the bottom to fall out.
It’s common to have leftover boxes, though, so ask friends who have recently moved if they have any to spare boxes. If not, bite the bullet and buy new ones, then look for a cardboard recycling program after you’ve arrived at your new home.
Grab a Blanket
Yes, moving can be exhausting, but the blanket isn’t for a nap. It’s for placing on the bottom of a box full of fragile objects.
Old newspapers work fine for some things, but you’ll need extra padding when you’re packing pictures, dishes, and other especially fragile things.
Once you’ve got the blanket in, make sure to wrap the items in at least two layers of packing paper before you place them in the box. Add crumpled paper to the top before sealing the box.
Befriend Bubble Wrap
Wondering how to pack pictures for moving? For starters, grab some bubble wrap.
Framed pictures are especially prone to cracking and breaking before you arrive, so you’ll want to use lots of bubble wrap to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Bubble wrap also works well as a divider between two fragile objects that you don’t want banging into each other during the move.
As a bonus, popping bubble wrap is a great stress reliever when you arrive at your new home and begin unpacking.
Give Yourself Time to Figure Out How to Pack Fragile Items
Everyone gets a little frantic when moving, but you cannot pack your most fragile possessions the night before the moving truck arrives.
When you’re in a hurry, you’re more likely to make mistakes. It’s okay if you drop a book or a bedding set, but dropping your Christmas ornaments is another matter.
Make sure you’re done packing when the movers arrive as it will save you money, help avoid mistakes, as well as ensure a better moving experience for everyone.
We Make Moving Easier
You know how to pack fragile items, but there’s one last step a lot of people forget: Writing “FRAGILE” in big block letters all over the box.
Even the best moving company can’t read minds. Let them know what they’re hauling before they pick it up.
Speaking of the best movers: We can assist you in moving across town or the country. Contact us to find out more.