Moving fragile items is a demanding and exhausting job, especially when it comes to packaging items that are sensitive and of great value. You need to take extra caution, in order to ensure the safest possible transport to the desired location. Luckily for you, U. Santini Moving and Storage Brooklyn is here to give you pro tips for moving lab equipment… Let’s start!
Moving lab equipment – where to start?
Once you decide you’ll be moving lab equipment you might not be sure where to start. One thing is for sure: you’ll probably need help from commercial movers Downtown Brooklyn. Professional movers know how to handle fragile items with care.
Make a list of sensitive items
Before you start packing your lab equipment, take the time to get a rough idea of all the items you own. Then, make a strategy of packing items. If you move on a tight schedule, you might need additional storage services. There are different types of fragile equipment, and our recommendation is to make a list of them and to separate them in a separate place first.
Get packing material
Once you have identified the lab items that you plan to move, you should have a good idea of how much packaging material you need. It would be best to contact business movers NYC and ask them for advice.
In general, to protect your lab equipment when moving, invest in the following materials:
- Cardboard boxes
- Self-adhesive packing tape
- Wrapping paper
- Protective foil such as bubble wrap
- Flexible cardboard
New cardboard boxes or original product packaging?
It is always the best option to pack fragile items in their original packaging because it contains various inserts and partitions that are specially designed to protect these items. If you are not able to use the original packaging, let your choice be a solid cardboard box with double walls. If you use old boxes, make sure they are solid and undamaged. It is always a good idea to provide additional protection to both old and new boxes by reinforcing the bottom with quality self-adhesive packaging tape.
Use sturdy boxes to pack your equipment
Cardboard boxes have a shelf life and can become unstable with age, so invest in new boxes that are sturdy, dry, and easy to carry. If you are really worried about the potential damage of valuable fragile items, use extra strong cardboard boxes that can withstand the possibility of impact or fall during transport.
You may think that buying boxes of similar sizes would be useful for packing these items. Still, our advice is to get an assortment of boxes of different sizes. If you have equipment of different sizes, you must have different sizes and shapes of boxes too. However, opt for small and medium-sized boxes so that they are not too heavy to lift and carry. Heavier items can be packed in small and medium-sized boxes filled with lighter items. You can also place heavy objects on the bottom of deeper boxes and add lighter ones on top – never the other way around.
Be sure to secure the items in the boxes
Another important tip when packing fragile items in boxes: do not leave empty space and eliminate the possibility of movement. Although the weight of your boxes should be kept to a minimum, items should be firmly placed and safe.
Wrapping paper is the first line of defense for fragile items, and you use it in abundance so that can absorb shocks and fills the empty space in boxes. Also, before placing them in the box, wrap the items individually in crackling foil, wrapping paper, or newsprint to prevent scratches and breakage. Do not repack the box, as this will make it much more difficult for the workers of the moving company to carry your items.
Mark boxes as “fragile”
Clearly mark boxes that contain your lab equipment, so that the moving and transportation team is aware of which boxes need to be handled with extreme care. In any case, do not try to carry any items on your own. You may injure yourself, so always keep in mind precautions and tips for safety in the lab.
After packing the box with sensitive equipment, close its top tightly with self-adhesive tape and label it “fragile” on at least two sides. For better organization and navigation, each label should contain a description of the contents of the box.
Get ready in advance
You need to take a little more time to pack your lab equipment. This is a delicate job and there is no need to hurry. If you do not have patience, it is best to leave the job to professionals. Every moving company has professionals that can pack your items. With this, they have special materials and crackling foils that will protect things from damage and breakage.
Transporting lab equipment
Packing lab equipment is one of the most difficult things when it comes to relocation. But transporting can be a challenge too. However, when it comes to any relocation, you need to protect your items. As we said, it’s best to wrap each piece of equipment in crackling foil and cover it with self-adhesive tape. Also, many moving companies have special boxes that are intended for packing fragile and sensitive items, in order to ensure the safest transport possible.