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Tips For Packing Fragile Items

When deciding to move home, packing and moving delicate items can be a big worry. No one wants their valuables being broken in transit but that’s when removal company Chester come in to help. It can be a very daunting experience, as well as a very lengthy process to do correctly, so let someone who is highly experienced do it for you. Let’s face it you’ve got enough on your plate right?

It takes a fair deal of time to organise yourself and consider how to pack so that you protect your belongings for a worry-free move. Arriving in your new home with boxes of broken valuables is the last thing you want, and it can take a long time for those to be replaced, meaning it may take even longer for you to settle into your new home. It can be a particularly distressing time for those who are strapped for cash with no means for replacing them.

If you are deciding to do your packing yourself, we have compiled a range of tips that will help you out when packing those more delicate items. It is recommended that you leave yourself plenty of time before moving day and work your way gradually through packing and identify the most valuable and vulnerable belongings. The more careful and organised you are at this stage, the quicker and easier it will be to unpack at the other end.

Delicate Furniture

Despite being much larger and heavy in comparison to your everyday bits and bobs, furniture can be considered an afterthought when moving. A lot of the time, certain pieces of furniture that you want to take with your may have been in the house for so long that you have forgotten how they even got through your narrow doorways in the first place.

Leaving these problems to arise at the last minute will increase the likelihood of your prized possessions being damaged.

Where possible these much larger items should be dismantled as much as possible early on in the packing process. It is important to remember that if they are left in their entirety, their awkward shape can make it difficult to not only get those items out of the house but also taking up valuable space in the removals van.

Harder furniture can be wrapped in blankets or soft materials such as bedding, sheets or towels to reduce the risk of dents and scratches.

Glassware and Ceramics

Glass and ceramics, the most fragile of items, and that’s even before packing comes in the equation. Items to be moved can often be expensive or have high sentimental value so it is imperative that you are vigilant when wrapping and arranging glassware and ceramics.

It is best to use smaller boxes to package these items and to make sure that the boxes are of good quality so that they hold their shape during the journey. Removal companies Chester have a range of packing materials that they prefer to use as they are of the best quality.

Boxes should be kept light and not overfilled, with enough padding to prevent individual items crashing into each other whilst inside the box. Common padding items such as bubble wrap, tissue paper and protective cloths can be used to fill any empty spaces and stop items from moving around.

It is also good to remember to write fragile on every box that needs a little extra care and attention when being loaded onto the van as these boxes should never be stacked on and always at the top of the pile.

Electrical Goods

It is likely that you have a lot of electrical goods that you need to transport, this is anything from toasters to flat screen tv’s. Take some time to consider which items are of the utmost importance to have on moving day. This might be a kettle, or a laptop for example so that you can have a few comforts for your first night in your new home.

For much heavier electricals it is good to dismantle them as much as possible to reduce the risk of damage. This includes taking out all cables and leads to protect the ports. Any accessories such as remotes and chargers should all be kept together with leads and wrapped separately in a clearly labelled box so that you don’t lose anything on the move and know exactly what box to look for when you get to the other end.

Some of us keep the packaging that the goods come in; it’s a good idea to check your loft if you think you might. If they are still in good condition then they make the ideal box to protect your fragile items for a second time around. Even if these boxes have pictures of what is inside the box it is important that you still mark the box with fragile and indicate which way up it should be handled.

Make sure to wrap all items in protective layers so that nothing can scratch or mark the surface inside the wrapping. Be sure to tape over any holes, corners and edges which will strengthen packaging and prevent any tears in transit.

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