The holiday season is a common time to move, and for us, it’s our busiest time of year. For families moving during the Christmas holidays it is the perfect time to avoid a mid-year school change. The downside of moving over the Christmas holidays is that it’s combining two intense events into one relatively short period of time. The good news is that with professional movers on your side and a clear plan of action, your interstate move and all packing should go off without a hitch.
When you are getting ready to move some common considerations may worry you, and yet sometimes you forget about the simplest things until it is too late. When it relates to moving and packing, especially with fragile items, a simple mistake can be costly. In an effort to help you keep all of your precious items like Christmas decorations intact, here are a few moving and packing tips for those that require a bit more care.
When wrapping anything that is made of glass, first wrap each item in newspaper, tucking the paper inside the item as well. Then secure it with tape. If the item is small but heavy you better use a small or medium double wall box for packing. It’s okay to layer the box. Just make sure the heaviest items are on the bottom and the lighter ones are on the top while using a piece of pliable cardboard in between each layer. Be sure to label which side is the top of the box. When it comes to expensive or even rare Christmas decorations you will again use smaller boxes. Remember, less is more when working with fragile items.
Pack smaller pieces together. Store them with their heavy ends down and use pliable cardboard or cushion foam between each piece. With a larger item we recommend packing it alone. Pack in a double wall box, surrounded by crumpled up newspaper and towels to fill any extra space.
If something has an inner hole, wrap it in a newspaper and stuff the middle with crumpled up paper to reduce any friction during the move. Next, wrap the whole thing in bubble wrap and secure with tape. Pad the box with old t-shirts or towels before inserting breakables.
Remember, when packing fragile items do not leave empty space in the box. Use your crumpled newspaper or bubble wrap as filling as a solution. You want your items to be snug and secure throughout transportation, so don’t be greedy with the bubble wrap or tape. Use all you need to feel sure. Better safe than sorry.
Never place boxes or containers containing fragile items at the bottom of a stack. If you are organizing boxes to make the best use of space, start with the heaviest on the bottom. If a box containing fragile items is on the bottom and gets crushed by heavier boxes on top, those breakables are not going to stand a chance. When it comes to arranging and storing fragile items, take the time and your belongings will reach the place without any incidents.
No matter what you are packing, always make sure to mark it as ‘fragile’. Designate the top of the box when needed.
Follow these packing steps if you want to create the atmosphere at your new home. We guarantee that your favorite Christmas decorations will flaunt on the Christmas tree. Good luck with your move.
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