It’s impossible to move home by just chucking everything willy-nilly into bags and suitcases. Packing requires planning, forethought and care, without which you’ll pay in myriad ways. Aussie has a packing/unpacking service which has a stress-melting effect for our clients, leaving them free to carry on with their lives while we do the work, and we can also provide them with advice on all matters relating to their move. One of the most important things to get right is the packing up of fragile items – it’s truly devastating to get to the destination point and discover that precious and much-loved possessions are smashed, dinged, bent or broken. It’s all so avoidable. If you’re packing up your own belongings, then it’s worth brushing up on the appropriate knowledge before you get going. Here is some of the guidance that we give our clients.
- – Don’t just use any old box that happens to be at hand. Fragile items shouldn’t go in boxes that are oversized, allowing whatever’s within to rattle around wildly in transit. Some specialist items have corresponding boxes specifically designed to suit them. Make sure, whatever size they are, that the boxes are sturdily constructed and then embolden them further by running packing tape along the seams.
- – Make sure the following are on your shopping list: polystyrene chips (also known as foam peanuts, packing peanuts, cushion foam), marker pens, bubble wrap, tissue paper, newspaper, scissors, packing tape. The Aussie packing shop [HYPERLINK] can help.
- – When you’re preparing a cardboard box that will be containing fragile items, line the bottom of it with polystyrene chips to create a great protective layer.
- – Don’t pack your plates by stacking them the way they would be in a kitchen cupboard. Pack them vertically, the way it’s recommended to pack and store vinyl albums. Wrap each one in newspaper (or similar) and pack them tightly so that they have little room to knock around. Any space left in the box can be filled up with more of the foam/polystyrene.
- – Other fragiles should be bubble-wrapped. If an item has a lid, then pack it separately. Make sure that items cannot collide in transit by using more bubble wrap or cardboard and, once more, fill up any empty space in the box.
- – Be generous when it comes to sealing your cardboard boxes with packing tape. Reinforce as much as you think is necessary.
- – Write ‘FRAGILE’ and ‘THIS WAY UP’ on each side of your boxes along with helpful notes about what is in them and which room they’re going to in your new home.
- – Since it’s never possible to anticipate every conceivable accident – some events are simply unforeseeable – make sure that the appropriate insurance is in place.