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8 Things to Remember When Packing Breakables


Packing is often one of the most challenging moving tasks. It takes a lot of time and effort. Many people want to save money by packing their belongings themselves when they are moving. This can be a great idea, but only if you take the time to learn how to pack fragile items properly. In this article, we are going to cover the most important things to remember when packing breakables. Furthermore, we will also mention the key role moving companies Brooklyn play in your relocation process. So to get started, you should follow these 8 tips!

Limit the weight of your boxes

The weight of your items often plays an important role when it comes to packing. Overall weight can tell you what kind of boxes you need. However, even if you hire a strong Brooklyn mover to load and unload your packed belongings, you want to try to limit the weight of each box to 50 pounds. This means larger boxes are used for lighter items, and heavier items are packed into smaller boxes. The weight limit ensures your belongings will be handled with care. It also ensures your item’s safety while they are being transported to your desired location.

Box weight limit as things to remember when packing breakables.
Among things to remember when packing breakables, you should always include the weight of your items and watch out for your boxes’ capacity and weight limit.

Use strong packing materials

Packing tools and materials are crucial in the packing process. They will keep your items, especially your breakables safe and protected. You do not want the bottom of a questionable box to tear, or your tape to come undone, while you are carrying your items. Make sure to purchase or rent solid boxes from moving and packing companies. However, depending on your inventory, you will likely need to get several other packing tools and materials. For example, make sure to get:

  • High-quality packing tape and scissors,
  • Bubble wrap,
  • Packing foam,
  • Quality boxes or bins,
  • Labeling materials.

If you are unsure whether or not you can get all of these items, it is best to contact full-service movers who can help you with moving and storage New York quickly and efficiently.

Pack like-items together

The way you pack items is as equally important as the packing supplies you use. So, be sure to take your time, and figure out how you will position your breakable items. Don’t pack heavy, un-breakables with fragile items. Also, try to pack items that will scratch separately from items that will break, as they require different packing techniques.

Packing breakables.
Pack your breakables carefully and separately from the rest of your inventory.

Use proper amounts of padding

Packing items that you know are sensitive and easily breakable requires you to put in a little extra effort. For breakable items, start with three inches of packing material on the bottom of the box. Follow this rule throughout the box, leaving three inches of protective material around every item. Padding provides an extra layer of protection for all of your items but this is especially important for your breakables. This will make your breakable items protected from all sides.

Stack Smartly

The heaviest items go into a box first. If you can, pack small boxes with only heavy items so that your Brooklyn movers will be able to properly stack boxes according to weight. However, make sure you do not overstack your boxes. So, when moving to Brooklyn, try to stack smartly and pay attention to the heavier items in your inventory first.

 Fill all empty spaces

Items will shift during transport, as we have mentioned above. Fill every crack with packing paper, styrofoam, bubble wrap, or soft personal items. In case you do not have these packing materials, you can also use old newspapers as well. However, be sure that you do not stuff the box beyond its capacity. This step is important because during transportation items can sometimes move around inside boxes if they do not have layers of packing materials around them.

Wait to seal insured items

If you hire a Brooklyn moving company to transport your belongings, the driver of the truck will need to see any fragile, insured items, and make sure they are adequately packed before he allows them onto the truck. Save yourself time by leaving these boxes unsealed until they are approved. By doing this, you will make the moving process faster and more efficient. If you plan on packing all on your own, make sure you know how to properly construct moving boxes.

Label appropriately

We have mentioned that it is important to get labeling materials among other packing supplies for your items. As always, clearly label your fragile items. Include a list of what is in the box, the direction the box should stand, and a large marking of, “fragile.” This will make it easier for your movers to know which items need to be handled with extra care. This is one among other things you can do to help your movers. In addition to this, once you label your boxes, you will have a much easier time with the unpacking process later on.

Labeling a box.
To make sure your breakables are handled with extra care, label each box for its content.

Pack efficiently with a few key things to remember when packing breakables

As you can see, there are lots of things that you need to take into consideration when packing. This is especially the case when it comes to packing breakables. Packing fragile items can be a bit unnerving for a novice. You want to make sure your cherished belongings arrive at their destination unharmed. However, if you take your time, and use proper materials and techniques, you can comfortably expect your items to survive your relocation. With these simple but key things to remember when packing breakables, you should be able to do it easily and stress-free. Furthermore, make sure you always hire reliable movers to help you with your relocation. With reliable movers, you do not have to worry about the safety of your items during the transportation process. They will be delivered to your new home on time and in one piece.

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From Brooklyn, NY

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