As if moving isn’t stressful enough, add to the mix the worry of safely transporting expensive, fragile items, and the stress factor goes up. Dropped boxes, bad handling and poor packing can all lead to shattered glass and broken possessions.
But if you plan ahead and pack carefully, these disasters can be avoided. Fragile shipping can be easy.
Which of your possessions should you consider fragile and in need of special handling? Take every item into consideration. Computers, televisions and other heavy electronics are obviously delicate, and must be packed appropriately. The same goes for mirrors, glassware and anything else made out of glass or similar breakable materials. You may also have fragile possessions such as family heirlooms or antiques that are irreplaceable.
Once you have figured out which of your items are considered fragile, it’s time to start thinking about how they should be packed. The best method for packing is going to be different for each of your possessions. For instance, you would never package a flat-screen television the same way you would an antique Faberge egg. The size and material of your delicate object will determine the packing methods. For large items like televisions, use heavy insulating materials such as blankets, and pad everything with packing peanuts. A cracked screen can be very costly to repair. Other items, such as small, breakable knickknacks should be wrapped thoroughly in bubble wrap and surrounded with either brown construction paper or packing peanuts and boxed. Most of the time it will be clear to you how best to pack an object.
Be sure that every box containing fragile items that you pack is marked as so. Writing “FRAGILE” on each side of the box in large letters indicates to whoever is moving the boxes that they must be careful; otherwise, the boxes might end up getting mishandled. Clearly mark the boxes, and also take the time to speak with whomever will be doing the moving to voice your concerns. Most people will take your concerns into consideration and will do everything in their power to ensure that your possessions arrive safely. Be careful where you place your delicate boxed stuff when shipping large items with them.
While it can cost extra money to pack your items so thoroughly, you can rest assured because it is the only way to ensure that they arrive at their destination safely. You could go lighter on the packing materials, but the price you pay might be a broken, irreplaceable item.
Motherload connects you with shippers who will use the utmost care when shipping your fragile items to make sure they arrive safely. You can get bids from a variety of transporters so you can find the right match for your move.