Moving is a major undertaking and in the process your belongings can easily become damaged. But, there are ways to avoid that. If you’re worried about your expensive crystal champagne flutes or your grandmother’s antique clock surviving intact, here are some tips to help you get your belongings through the move unscathed:
1. Start with proper boxes.
Before packing anything, make sure you have the right boxes for the type of items you’re packing. If your moving company is packing up everything for you, it won’t be a problem. But if you’re doing the packing yourself, you should carefully consider which boxes to get. Start with the size of your boxes. You might think, “big is better” but when you have a lot of small, fragile things it’s not safe to pack them up in a big box. Doing this could cause them to break if large heavier items are packed on top of them. You need to pack small items in separate smaller boxes and large heavier items in larger boxes. Get boxes in several different sizes. Also, pack things in the appropriate type of box. If you need to pack up your TV, it should be packed into the box it came in, so I hope you saved it. On the other hand, for a very delicate set of china, buy a sturdy box that has been specifically designed for protecting dishes. If you’ve got some old boxes in your garage you’re thinking about using, think again. If they’re boxes from grocery or liquor stores they may have gotten damp or wet, and in that case they’ll likely fall apart during the move, damaging your items. You need strong solid boxes.
2. Use padding.
You are definitely going to need padding for your breakable items. Padding is a must if the box isn’t completely filled up. You don’t want your fragile items shifting around in the box because this could cause them to break. Foam peanuts and bubble wrap are commonly used for breakable items. For packing plates, platters, bowls, and other dishes you can use plain newsprint or tissue paper. If you’re on a tight budget, you can simply use comforters, blankets, pillows, T-shirts and/or stuffed animals. These can definitely provide the cushioning you need.