When moving into a new home, or simply making more space in your existing home by moving belongings into a storage unit, it's important that you take the time to properly prepare your items to ensure that they do not become damaged either during the transportation process or while sitting in storage. Fortunately, the process of packing up fragile items is a straightforward one.
Choose Materials Wisely
When packing up smaller fragile items, you should make sure that you are using the proper materials to prevent any shifting or physical damage from occurring. Heavy duty cardboard boxes are standard at most moving and storage supply stores, but they may not provide enough padding for more fragile items, and will not hold up to rainfall or moisture, so plastic moving containers may be worth the added expense.
In addition, make sure that you fill in the extra space within your moving boxes with bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or any other type of packing material to prevent your items from shifting around. Avoid using moving paper – while it's cheaper, it won't absorb as much physical force as thicker packing materials.
For larger pieces, such as televisions or antique furniture which won't fit into boxes, you'll want to make sure that you've covered the corners with padding, like foam blocks, also available at most moving and storage supply stores.
You'll also want to cover up the entirety of the surface of these larger items, which can be susceptible to moisture exposure, with moving blankets to ensure that any potential rainfall or spills doesn't come into direct contact with the material.
While it may be tempting to move all of your belongings yourself, it can require a great deal of physical effort and is not an easy process to do properly, without damage to your belongings. Hiring professionals to move your packed items can give you peace of mind, since they have the proper experience and tools to move your items without incident.
Take Your Time
Of course, it's not always financially viable to get professionals to do the heavy lifting for you, so if you have to move your items yourself be sure to start several days in advance and to move slowly. Rent a dolly from a hardware store for your heavier fragile items, and have someone help you carry other unwieldy items to reduce the chance of them breaking while you're loading them into the truck.
Contact a company, like Santa Fe Storage & Moving, for more help.