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How to Pack Fragile Items Safely for a Move

Packing your most fragile items can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of your move. Not only can these items have some monetarily value but they may be sentimentally significant as well. Whether it’s vintage plates from your grandmother or the glasses from your wedding, the last thing you would want is for them to break in the moving process. 

It’s natural to be concerned about your special items getting damaged during transport, boxes go through a lot during a move. Protecting your fragile items all starts with how you pack them. It may require some additional tools and techniques but that extra effort you put into packing makes it possible for your items to move without damage.  

At Atlanta Peach Movers, we pride ourselves with our white glove moving services to take the extra steps necessary to make sure your special items arrive at your new place in the same condition as they left. If you want to pack these items on your own we have some directions, materials and tips for you to successfully pack them up.

Before you pack 

We have a few tips on what you should do before you get into the nitty gritty of the actual packing. 

  • Make note of all inventory – take note of all your valuable/fragile items by pictures or writing down what you have and make note of any imperfections they may have as well.
  • Look into insurance options – many homeowners policies cover belongings inside the home but they may not cover them while on the moving truck so you may need to look into purchasing an additional policy for the move. 
  • Invest in the right moving supplies – make sure to invest in the right supplies like quality boxes, cellular dividers, foam pouch inserts, packing tape, packing paper, a marker for labeling and other items for padding.  

How to pack 

Ready to start packing? Here are some tips to follow.

  • Assemble corrugated boxes – make sure all boxes are sturdy enough to handle the move and separate them into categories 
  • Place cellular dividers inside the boxes – place these inside the boxes intended for glassware, these dividers will provide a great wat to separate and protect all your fragile glasses
  • Wrap items in protective cushioning – for glasses use bubble cushioning or foam pouches and for flat items wrap each item in packing paper or bubblewrap 
  • Fill empty spaces with cushioning – fill surrounding space with extra cushioning to prevent items from shifting 
  • Larger items be packed first – place the larger heavier items on the bottom of the box, having them at the bottom will prevent them from crushing your smaller items
  • Lightweight items are packed last – any lightweight and delicate items are packed last, once they are packed surround any empty space with extra padding to avoid shifting 

After you pack 

Now that everything is all packed away here’s what comes next! 

  • Label all boxes – clearly label all the boxes with a sharpie marker as “FRAGILE” with an indication on which side should be facing up
  • Inventory lists inside the boxes – place a piece of paper inside the box with all of its contents to make it easier to find things when you start to unpack 
  • Make sure your belongings are packed securely – give the box a little shake test, if you notice anything moving around you’ll need more protective padding to secure everything
  • Secure with packing tape – tape and secure all your boxes make sure all openings are closed to prevent items from falling out 

When it comes to packing your fragile items remember to take your time. Slowing down will keep you from cutting corners or making mistakes that might cost you on moving day. When you schedule your move with us be sure to let us know of these items so we can take those extra steps to ensure they arrive in the same condition as when they left. 

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