How to Preserve Fragile Items During Home Relocation?

You have purchased a new property and the moving day is almost here! Oddly enough, moving to a new home is quite exciting and exhilarating, but the sheer number of things that can go wrong while moving puts a dampener on the proceedings. The following article deals with the moving of the fragile items and valuables without damaging them irreversibly.
What do the experts at the Adelaide removals recommend? To know more, all you need to do is read on! The very first thing you need to consider is the nature of the fragile materials and the packaging material ideal for them. You can view various options while moving items including the boxes, carts and storage locker. But you need to keep in mind that different materials require different types of packaging material.
Avoid amateur packaging mistakes
Many of us try to use the bath towels, clothing items and blankets to protect fragile items while transporting them. Yes, they do provide some amount of padding and serves the dual purpose of carrying the packaging material at the same time as well, but is it wise?
The short answer is, no! Boxes might get dropped, or the contents might shift on the inside due to vibrations and road conditions. By saving on the packaging materials, you are essentially making sure that your fragile items won't survive the trip.
Packaging materials must have several physical characteristics, and you can find them in the following section of the article.
Considerations for the cushioning material
  • The ideal cushioning material should stay resistant to the weight of the item.
  • The material should cope with the multiple shocks, vibrations and bouncy conditions of the roads and railways.
  • The cushioning material should also withstand changes in climatic conditions including temperature, air pressure, and relative humidity.
So what are the different packaging materials that you should go for?
Ideal packaging materials
According to our experts, you can use the following packaging materials for the safe transport of fragile goods and items.
Peanuts and loose fill
The packaging peanuts and loose fill are the ideal candidates to fill the void space inside a box to protect a fragile item from moving around inside and from the sides of the box. These can withstand multiple shocks, so you don't have to worry about the treacherous road and traffic conditions.
Paper
No, not the ordinary paper! We are talking about the heavy grade or the Kraft paper that can be wadded into a roll or a ball to wrap them around the fragile items to provide cushioning. Many of you will try to make do with the newspaper, but it doesn't help to cut corners.
Fiberboard pads
The fiberboard pads especially the corrugated ones are ideal for forming a flat liner sheet between items to provide ample cushioning. This is one of the more cost-effective ways to protect things that are liable to breakage while transporting them.
Inflatable cushions
There are various inflatable solutions available that include bubble wraps and other such items.
Foam structures
There are foam structures available, customized to fit around your fragile items to provide with the much required cushioning.
So, how about we get into how to protect some of the everyday fragile items that are commonly available in a home? Let us have a look.
About electronic items
If you have a habit of preserving the original packaging for an electrical item, it is going to prove to be beneficial now. A ready-made packaging is customized to fit the product and offer maximum protection. So if you have a few lying around, use while moving.
You can put multiple small packaged boxes in a larger box to ensure they arrive safely at the new place. If you do not have the original packaging, you have to be resourceful. Your flat screen TV and other such large objects need packaging that fits its dimensions. So, start searching.
Get hold of the user manual and read the instructions for removal of battery or moving parts if any before you transport the device. What you need to do is use packing tape to close the cardboard box at one side and line the inside with layers of bubble wrap.
Put your electronic items in small boxes and "bubble-wrap" them individually. Place these neatly inside the cardboard box and use additional bubble wraps or fiberboard pads to keep things from moving around too much.  
How about the dishes?
Dishes are pretty tough to pack since they are oddly shaped and come in all sizes. Ideally, you want to sort them according to their size and wrap individual items in bubble wrap. If that is not feasible, you need to secure a few dishes together tightly with a single wrap.
Place them vertically in medium sized boxes and tightly pack them with proper cushioning on the inside to make sure the items don't move around. The tighter, the better!
In the case of the cups, the problem is even trickier, but do not worry, we have got you covered. Cardboard dividers to the rescue; you can place each one separately inside a box after cushioning them with the dividers.
Wrap each cup and wine glass in heavy grade paper and seal them snug in an appropriate box to make sure there is no room for movement even on bouncy roads. You can use bubble wrap on the inside to fill up the extra space.
About mirrors and photo frames
The trick with these large and fragile items is to pack them individually. Place them in a single file and line them up to fit them snugly in a medium size box. In case of large frames or mirrors the blankets come in handy, and you can use one to wrap around the item to prevent it from breakage.
For large and odd shaped items
For items of irregular shapes, you need to secure the piece with bubble wrap and place them on soft cardboard and seal it with another on top of it. Wrap tape around to secure the two parts of the board in place tightly. You can put this whole thing inside your packaging boxes after bubble wrapping the inside lining. Earmark it as "fragile" and make sure of the taping around the packaging box.
For smaller items, figurines and decorative pieces
Get hold of a plastic container, a flat one and fill it with paper. Place the items inside. You can level up the protection by wrapping bubble wraps around the things if the need arises. Secure the container with tape. You can pack a number of these small plastic containers together and put them inside a bigger box to ensure maximum protection.
Finally, it is a good idea to plan and start even earlier if possible. This will ensure that you don't rush around while trying to pack everything at the last moment.

The more time you invest, the better is the packing. It is the only way to see all your items arrive at the new place safe and sound. Keep these simple tips in mind while packing your fragile items while moving and you are sure to have a wonderful experience.

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