It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving across the Twin Cities metro or across the country — when you’re packing and moving fragile items, they require special care. And no, hastily wrapping those items with an extra layer of newspaper isn’t enough.
That’s especially true if you’re making a long-distance move and plan to ship your breakables to your new home. Since you’ll have little control over how postal workers handle your shipment, you must take extra precautions to ensure your belongings don’t incur damage in transit.
At Hedberg Moving Solutions, we understand how heartbreaking it can be to find damaged valuables as you unpack after your move. That’s why we’re sharing some of our best packing tips for fragile household items below.
Purchase the Proper Packing Materials
If you’re planning to take the DIY packing route, you’ll need several packing materials before you can get started. If you’re in a pinch, you can use household materials like linens, old sweaters, newspapers, and old magazine pages as packing material, but they’re usually not your best option.
When it comes to fragile items, you should really use packing materials that were created specifically for the job. These materials provide additional impact protection, which is essential for keeping your belongings intact throughout the move. Here’s what you’ll need to get:
● Pliable cardboard
● Tape (preferably the packing variety, though any sturdy tape will do)
● Bubble wrap
● Permanent markers
● Appropriately sized packing boxes (do not get used boxes to pack your breakables!)
Packing Glassware: 5 Tips for Success
If you’re moving a lot of glassware, we always recommend hiring professional movers and packers to handle the packing process. But if professional packers aren’t in your budget, follow these glassware packing tips:
● Size and cut pieces of cardboard. Before you start wrapping items, lay each piece of glassware on a sheet of pliable cardboard and cut out a piece of cardboard that’s about double the size of the object. You’ll use these pieces later in the packing process. If you’re not a fan of the DIY route, you can purchase pre-cut cardboard from a moving supply store.
● Secure bubble wrap around each object. Wrap each piece of glassware in bubble wrap that’s cut to size. Secure the bubble wrap with a small piece of tape.
● Wrap each item in the cardboard. Grab the cardboard from the first step and wrap it around the bubble wrap you just secured around the glassware. Make sure the role is tight, but not too tight. Secure the cardboard with packing tape and tape up the edges to ensure the glassware doesn’t slide out.
● Pack glassware in medium-size boxes. Only use small- and medium-size boxes to pack glassware. Given their relatively small size, these boxes handle weight well and they’re also sturdier and easier to maneuver than large boxes. Pack glassware snuggly inside the box and if there’s any empty space, fill it with packing material.
● Tape and label boxes. After you finish packing the items and filling in vacant space inside each box, close the boxes and secure them with packing tape. Be sure to label them FRAGILE in a highly visible location, so no one inadvertently handles those boxes roughly.
Packing Electronics: 6 Tips to Keep Them Intact and Organized
If you’re like most people these days, you have a collection of valuable electronics that may be highly susceptible to breakage and heat damage during your move. Here’s how to pack so you can keep everything organized and intact:
● Remove batteries. Always remove batteries from any of the devices you plan to pack. When batteries overheat (which can definitely happen in the back of a moving truck) they can leak acidic, corrosive liquid, which can damage any nearby items.
● Eject media. If you have CDs, DVDs, or any other types of media in your electronic devices, eject them before you start packing. There’s always some jostling involved in every move, and your media can suffer scratches if you don’t eject it.
● Remove cables. Remove all cables from every electronic device before you pack it. Wrapup the cables, secure them with rubber bands or twist ties, put them in bags, and tape them to the device they belong to.
● Wrap electronics. Always wrap electronics before you pack them! Wrapping helps absorb impact during transport, even when the item is in a box. If the device has a screen, cover the screen with an extra layer of bubble wrap or a soft cloth for extra protection.
● Only use bubble wrap. If you can, try to avoid using anything but bubble wrap to protect your fragile electronics. Newspaper can bleed ink onto your belongings and cause scratches in delicate items. Packing paper won’t transfer ink, but it may cause minor scratches on delicate materials. Packing peanuts can cause static electricity buildup inside boxes, which may affect delicate electronic components (this is especially true with computers).
● Cushion heavily. Before you pack electronics, place ample cushioning in the bottom of each box. After you arrange your items inside the box, fill in any empty spaces with bubble wrap to prevent unnecessary jostling during transport.
If packing your electronics sounds nerve-wracking, that’s because it’s not the easiest process to undertake. If at all possible, it’s best to hire full packing services for this job. Trained packing professionals not only know how to protect your most delicate items properly, but they also know how to complete the job efficiently.
When you work with a moving company, you’ll save time, frustration, and possibly cash, too, since your most delicate items are much less likely to suffer damage when they’re professionally packed. Plus, you have the option to upgrade to full-value coverage when you hire a moving company. This type of insurance allows you to file a claim for reimbursement in the event of item loss or damage.
Need a Minneapolis Moving Company? Contact Hedberg Moving Solutions
If you’re getting ready to move anywhere within Minnesota, get in touch with our team at Hedberg Moving Solutions so we can help you out! We specialize in a variety of residential and commercial moving services, including full packing services, senior moving, and much more. Our family-owned and operated business has proudly served the moving needs of Twin Cities residents for over 20 years, and when you need us, we’re here for you too.
Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help you out! Call our Maple Grove office today at 763-434-6683 or request a free estimate online, and we’ll be in touch.
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