When you’re moving house, fragile objects are usually not as many as the big and heavy ones, but you need to pay more attention when preparing fragile items for the move. First, get enough packing materials to ensure the safety of all the glasses, plates, porcelain figures, and other delicate items:
– Wrap each item individually in old newspaper, bubble wrap with the finest grade or in soft textile cloth. Use soft materials as cushioning too and fill the empty spaces between the items in the boxes.
– Use only small cardboard boxes, where you can stack about a dozen glass objects or so. Keep the boxes light and don’t overfill them so that the items are not subjected to tension when you close the box. Ask your removal company whether they offer boxes with inner struts for the even safer arranging of glasses, cups and other fragile items.
– Use packing tape as the main way to attach the cushioning materials to the fragile items. Try to avoid contact between two glasses, for example, or when you can’t avoid it – cover the sides of the glasses with tape where one glass touches the other one. This will prevent the risks of scratching or even breaking due to the vibrations on the road.
– Get ample amounts of high-quality edge protectors for glass objects. Rubber edge protectors are a highly effective way to protect the most vulnerable parts of glass tabletops, glass doors, glass shelves, mirrors, etc. With these in place, the heavy lifting and handling of the objects will be more comfortable, as will be the loading/unloading of the removal van.
What you should consider as fragile: everything from the biggest kitchen appliance to the smallest glass. Indeed, the huge old kitchen oven is not exactly a fragile object, but its metal edges and walls are very sensitive to scratches. That’s why you want to keep them well protected for the move. Not to mention that the chance of hits and scratches is much greater when you are handling a huge heavy object. Also, consider all plates, glass shelves, decorative glass items, snowballs, porcelain vases, decoration pieces and furnishings with lavish wooden ornaments as fragile.
Another great tip is to pack the fragile items is such a way as to reduce the vibrations in the van. There are a few tricks, which are especially crucial when moving house over longer distances. First – lay a soft textile blanket or a rubber mat under each box with fragile items. Arrange the big heavy boxes inside the van with a gliding blanket and leave the blanket underneath the boxes. Second, use straps to group up the boxes and secure them tightly. All these methods will protect the floor of the van from scratches too.
Last but not least – organize the moving checklist with special attention to the fragile objects. Make an entire separate column for these objects. Use the “FRAGILE” label for every box with fragile items and highlight these boxes in the checklist accordingly. Use labels with contrasting colours so that they can be easily recognised. This is the best way to ensure that your helpers will know what’s inside the box and will handle the fragile items more carefully. When organizing the checklist, mark these boxes as some of the last boxes to load into the moving van. Avoid stacking other boxes on top of the boxes with fragile items.