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How to properly pack fragile items for a long-distance move?


Packing is an essential part of the moving process, if not the most important one. Everything you pack will at some point be loaded to the truck and moved to your new home. As you know packing is a service that all the moving companies offer. Sometimes it is included in the price, sometimes not. There are certain things you can definitely pack on your own. But when it comes to having to pack fragile items for a long-distance move, you should ask for help. If you hire a reputable company such as U. Santini Moving and Storage Brooklyn, your worries will end. For local moves, you might not need to be so careful. But when it comes to moving long-distance, you need to take extra precautions for each item, so they all get safely to their new destination. In the following article, we plan to provide some insight.

Define a packing plan to properly pack fragile items for a long-distance move

Making an inventory of the things you need to pack is a must, regardless of the move being short or long-distance. But when it comes to packing fragile items for a long-distance move, additional steps are required. Other than making a list of things you are bringing with you, you need one more list. On it, put everything that is fragile in any way. These can be breakable things like expensive china, pieces of furniture such as lamps or anything made from glass. In this fragile category are antiques and paintings as well. Do not forget about the electronic equipment if you own one. That also needs proper packing as it might get unrepairable if damaged in transport. For packing, get as many moving boxes Brooklyn movers provide as possible. Get them in various sizes, as having all boxes of the same size is not efficient.

Large number of boxes
Get the boxes of various size and shape

Talking about packing supplies and materials

The two most important things when it comes to packing are packing materials and packing techniques. The variety and quality of packing materials are what matters most. All moving companies will offer to pack fragile items for your long-distance move and they will bring their own supplies. If you do not want these moving services that cost extra, you can get materials from somewhere else and do the packing on your own. This is more tricky and time-consuming, but definitely easier on your wallet. When it comes to essential supplies, we are talking about cardboard boxes, tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, packing blankets. Instead of cardboard boxes, you can use plastic containers. These are more preferable for long-distance moves. Or you can mix it up and use both cardboard and plastic boxes, depending on the content you want to put in. The more various the merrier.

Techniques on how to pack fragile items explained

Each packing supply has its own purpose. Sometimes only for one type of fragile item, and sometimes they have multiple usages. Let’s start with the breakables, such as glasses and plates. You can either wrap them in packing paper or bubble wrap cases. For glasses, we recommend packing paper and then you can use the box inserts, made to have the items separated one from another. Depending on the size, shape, and thickness of the plates you can use the material you feel will be more durable. When putting plates in the box, make sure to pack them vertically instead of horizontally. Try and put something between each plate, for extra protection. For electronics, you can use packing peanuts. Put the peanuts first, then the electronic device, then some more peanuts, or even a cushion of some sort. Packing blankets are mostly used for furniture packing and protection.

Various plates
Pack the plates vertically instead of horizontally to avoid damage

Labeling is everything when you need to pack fragile items for a move

First of all, it is important to label the boxes in order to know what is in there. The other use of labeling is writing down to which room is this item meant for. But the crucial reason why you need to do the labeling is when you are packing fragile items for your long-distance move. Who knows how many hours or transportation are ahead of you and your things. If you expect the moving companies to take care of your boxes while loading and transporting, you need to make them aware of the content. But not only verbally. You need to label the boxes in a way of your choice that will indicate clearly that there is something fragile or breakable inside. If you are moving electronic devices, make sure to label these as well, as they will definitely fall under fragile items.

Markers of different color that help pack fragile items for a long-distance move
Choose your own way for box labeling marking those with fragile items differently

Bonus tips for packing sensitive items for a long-distance move

Maybe the best tip would be to hire professionals if you are dealing with an international move. But if you are still holding onto a decision to do the packing on your own, here is some more advice. Never overpack the boxes! Cardboard boxes can only withstand so much, and there is no need to overload them. With fragile items in there, you want as little items as possible. Do not leave the space for jiggling in the box! For example, when packing plates and glasses, fill in all the empty space. For this, you can use packing paper or some old magazines. Leaving space will allow items to move and potentially touch each other, risking damage. Put double layers of tape on the boxes with fragile items! Boxes tend to open during transport, so make sure to add more tape to the boxes with fragile items inside.

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Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

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Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

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