Packing Tips for Household Items
Packing fragile items properly is essential to ensuring that they will arrive at your new home in one piece. In most cases –with proper packing – you should have no problem sending delicate things on the shifting vehicle with the rest of your goods.
However, if you have fragile items that are extremely valuable, hold special sentimental value or are “irreplaceable”, Hyderabad Packers and movers will suggest you move it with yourself. These items can be shipped if you are moving a great distance, or packed securely and transported in your car. Here are some tips to keep in mind when packing fragile items:
- When packing dishes, always use specially designed packing boxes – which have an extra cushion to protect your dishes. When packing dishes, be sure to have a supply packing material on hand. Clean newsprint works the best. You can use old newspapers for packing, but be aware that the ink can stain the items you are packing.
- When packing dishes, each individual piece should first be wrapped in paper. Next, wrap a group of 3-4 like items together in a bundle. Large platters or dinner plates should be packed first. To get the most room out of your boxes and to pack most securely, all dishes should be packed on their sides and NOT flat.
- Be sure and surround your dish bundles with packing material – to ensure that it is properly padded and will not shift during transport. If you have space left at the top of the box, fill it with extra packing material.
- Stemware travels best in specially designed packing boxes that have separate compartments for each piece. Contact your local moving services or a packing supply company to find them.
- Each individual glass should be wrapped securely in packing material. Be sure to place some material in the goblet and then wrap around the outside of the glass. Pay particular attention to the stem, as that is the thinnest and most fragile part of the glass.
- When packing any fragile items, stemware included, it is important to mark the box. This will let your movers know that they are carrying and packing something fragile. If you are moving, remember to pack several smaller boxes of fragile items instead of one large box. This will prevent the box from becoming too heavy and difficult to carry.
- Silver usually comes in a chest. It is best to pack the silver and transport it in its original box. If you do not have the chest, you can use a small packing box.
- Packing silver is relatively easy. Simply wrap the pieces tightly in packing material and place them in the chest or packing box.
- Remember, silver is often valuable. If you have insured your silver, make sure the policy covers loss or damage during moving. You should also have the silver appraised should you need to make a claim. If the silver is exceptionally valuable or holds sentimental value, you should consider transporting it in your car.
- When moving lamps, remember to remove lampshades before packing. Lamp shades should be handled by the center wire piece, to avoid crushing or denting the shade.
- Lamp shades should be individually wrapped in packing material and then nestled inside of each other.
- Lampshades can be packed in a large size packing box because they will not make the box too heavy to carry.
- Lamps should be unplugged and allowed to rest 24 hours before packing. This allows the lamp time to return to room temperature and ensure safe packing. You should also remember to remove light bulbs after they have cooled down and pack them separately.
- Many moving companies have specially designed packing boxes for lamps. After you have individually wrapped each lamp in packing material, it can be placed in the box. To ensure that cords will not get tangled up during packing, wrap up each individual cord and secure with a rubber band before packing.
- Maximum people have completed a collection of puppets, sculpture and other many nick-nacks about the house. These things are best carried in several less packing boxes to keep the box flexible.
- Individually wrap each figurine in packing material. Bubble wrap is ideal, but an extra thick wrapping of paper will work if bubble wrap is not available.
- It is best to put figurines into packing boxes according to which room or floor of the home they are going to. This will save you from having to move them all around once you unpack.
Wrap pictures, mirrors and glass in a generous amount of packing material. Paper is usually sufficient but refrain from using old newsprint. Newspapers have ink on them that can easily damage your pictures or mirrors. Your local packing supply store will likely sell large rolls of brown paper that work well for this task.
- Mirrors, pictures, and glass should ALWAYS be packed and transported on their sides to prevent breaking.