We all have them! Those precious belongings that can easily be broken, marred, scrapped or otherwise easily damaged when moved. Know that there are safe ways to move almost everything these days. A good rule of thumb would be to consider how you might protect a fragile item should you be shipping it through the mail and follow that same process when packing it for a move. First, let’s look at what a fragile item might be.

What are fragile items?

Fragile items are belongings that are either delicate in nature or else hard to replace.

Examples of fragile items are:

  • Valuable collectibles

  • Glass items

  • Musical instruments

Of course, you be the judge as to what merits special care apart from the obvious including those items listed above.

Packing Fragile Items

  • When packing fragile items, it is best not to use flimsy boxes. Rather, make sure they are ridged and not flexible.

  • Boxes should fit your item as closely as possible so that it doesn’t have room to move about, but not so small that you cannot fit cushioning around the item (which you definitely need). Closely fitting boxes will also require less cushioning product. However, do not make the mistake of putting your fragile items in a box that is too closely fitting. This has the potential of putting pressure on your fragile item and thus damaging it in some way.

  • Boxes are available that have inserts for items such as glasses or china plates. Here you can also use your imagination on what other things could be packed with these inserts. Glass inserts are also good for bric-a-brac and other collectibles.

  • Bubble wrap or packing tape should be wrapped around each separate item prior to placing them inside of a box insert. Use a generous amount of packing tape for this.

  • Packing peanuts are a good idea for larger fragile items. First, wrap the larger items with bubble wrap and secure with packing tape before placing them in a box and surrounding them with packing peanuts.

  • If you consider your item a candidate for water damage, you should also wrap it in protective plastic.

  • Packing tape is a must for sealing boxes after they are packed.

  • Be sure to label all boxes with fragile items as FRAGILE on all sides of the box. Be sure the lettering is large, legible and easily seen. Underlining the word FRAGILE may also help to draw one’s eye to the wording on the package.

In short, your fragile items should be so well secured within the box that you do not have to worry about them moving about when being

  • packed on the truck by movers,

  • transported from one place to another and

  • eventually settled into its new place within your new location.

Lastly, consider extra insurance for your fragile items.

Peace of mind is priceless.

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.

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