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Steps to Move Fragile Items/Collections

Moving Tips_Packing Fragile Items
Erik Scheetz
Erik Scheetz
May 6, 2015
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Does the thought of transporting your fragile collection of pottery across the country give you nightmares? Are you worried about whether your grandmother's china will make it across town into your new home? Are you concerned about your fragile antiques arriving at your new house intact?

Fragile items are difficult to move, but as long as you take the right precautions, your San Antonio movers shouldn't have any problem transporting your prized possessions. Your house movers are well-trained to prevent breakage of your fragile items, but a little preparation on your end can give you some additional peace of mind.

Get Help Packing Fragile Items

Keeping the packing in your control during your move is certainly one way to relocate your family, but professional movers really do know what they're doing when it comes to packing. The easiest way to make sure your breakables survive is to have a professional handle the packing.

Long distance and local movers don't have to pack absolutely everything you own. If you're interested in doing some of the packing yourself, you can always request help with packing the fragile items. You can discuss the scope of your move with your movers in San Antonio during the planning stage.

Moving Tips for Valuable Items

In addition to careful packing of your fragile items, you may also want to pay special attention to any collections of items you own. If you're thinking about having a garage sale before you move, make sure you confirm that your collections are intact. You can ask your moving company to take special care of your collections by labeling them.

If you're particularly worried about the collection, you can take three steps to keep it safe.

  1. Take pictures of the collections
  2. Take out insurance on the collection
  3. Create an inventory list

Learn How to Pack Fragile Items

If you're set on packing your items yourself, you just need the right tools to get the job done right. You know about the boxes and the tape, but there are some finer points to remember. First, it's important that you use boxes that are large enough to give the fragile pieces some room between the edges.

Also, it's important that you don't use old boxes for packing fragile items. Boxes wear out after a while, and it's important to use boxes that aren't going to split or break apart, particularly if you're packing a fragile item that's also heavy.

Simple Tips on Packing Fragile Pieces

If you've decided to handle some fragile packing on your own instead of handing the job to your full service movers, you'll want to know the techniques they use to ensure everything is packed as safely as possible. Glasses: Pack large glasses at the bottom and work your way to the top with smaller glasses. Consider placing a sheet of cardboard between each layer to give each row of glasses some stability.

Framed Art: Small framed pieces of art are fairly easy to pack, and you can treat them like you're packing plates. For large frames, you'll want to wrap them in paper, and stuff additional paper between each picture frame as you place them vertically in a box.

Plates: Don't pack them in a horizontal stack. Pack them vertically and make sure each is wrapped individually with bubble wrap. Make sure the box isn't too stuffed.

Oddly Shaped Pieces: If you have a decorative piece that's not going to fit in a box with ease, consider wrapping it in layers of cardboard after you wrap it in bubble wrap. The extra support from the added cardboard will make it less likely that the strange shape will lead to breakage.

Erik Scheetz
Erik Scheetz is founder of Texas Best Moving and Storage. Erik has over 15 years of experience in the moving business and has built Texas Best Moving and Storage with pride and integrity in San Antonio, Texas. He is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker with many years of experience. Texas Best Moving and Storage has strived to offer the best customer service and moving experience for every customer on every move.
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