A Mover’s Guide to Packing Breakables

guide to packing breakablesCross country moving is no easy task. For most families, relocating to another state means much more than fitting into a new school or getting used to a new climate. Moving means picking up each and every piece of your life—even the most fragile ones—and starting over fresh.

When it comes to breakable items, two things are certain: First, breakables are often the most valuable things you own, and second, they’re by far the hardest things to pack up. If you want to get all of your fragile valuables from A to B in one piece, experienced movers will tell you that it’s all in the planning. Before you touch a single dish or statuette, create a solid plan with these tips usually reserved for the best long distance moving companies:

1. Arrange by Size

The first thing you’ll want to do as you begin preparing your belongings for a move is organize your breakables separately and by size. Identify which among your things are the most breakable, and be sure you have enough wrapping paper and box space to separate the fragile items from the rest. Once you have your boxes ready, group your items separately for each box. Be sure you have some larger items for the bottom of your boxes to give them support, and layer fragile items in decreasing size to be sure nothing on top is too heavy for what’s below.

2. Wrap and Fill

Now that your boxes and items are all organized, you can start wrapping. You can use newspaper if you have lots of old editions lying around, or you can pick up some special packing paper from any of local moving companies in your area. Wrap your items securely and with enough paper so that they will be cushioned while resting up against each other. As you fill your boxes, stop with each layer to fill in any empty space with packing peanuts. This will keep your items from shifting during the move and also create a soft nest for the next layer.

3. Load Up Gently

Finally, when everything is ready for the big move, you’ll need to be smart about how you load up your vehicle. Many first-time movers make the mistake of loading up haphazardly, but since you only have one shot to get everything in, be sure to save room on top for breakable items.

4. Call the Experts

Of course, if all of this seems like more than you can handle during this stressful time in your life, your best bet is to hire a reliable moving company like Red Ball. Our knowledgeable relocation specialists have years of experience in moving consulting, planning, packing, and making sure everything from your old home makes it to your new home safe and sound.

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