As the years pass by most people gather a greater number of prized possessions. They become part of their lives, going with them from place to place, every year getting more priceless. They could be a favourite crockery or tea set, or family heirloom that has been in the family for generations; either way people have had sleepless nights worrying about the safety of these possessions.
An easy way to avoid these nightmares from coming true is to take great care when packing these possessions away. Making sure that you have the right materials for the job is very important. These include having good strong tape and sturdy boxes as well as things like bubble wrap and packing foam for more fragile items. If your budget is tight though and you’re not sure if you can afford this sort of padding, old newspapers and blankets can do the job well too.
Don’t forget to pack your belongings room by room; you want to try to avoid getting anything mixed up before or after you’ve moved.
Cover any crockery completely with your padding, if there are any gaps left open that knock into one another during transit they are likely to be damaged or even broken. The same goes for any cups or glasses you may have. Keeping glass separate from everything else is also important. Don’t over pack the box as some items may still break under the weight of the ones on top of it. This applies especially when packing glass; make sure the heaviest items are at the bottom!
Tape your finished box closed with your strong tape and use a waterproof marker to label all the sides of the box with fragile, include which way up the box needs to be handled.
Make sure to use some common sense when packing more delicate items, don’t risk an items safety to save on time; this is the fastest way to damage your items, so if you think that you may have put a few too many things into a box, take them out and start a new box.
Remember when you move furniture like a cabinet or bookcase, to empty all of the draws and put them in a box with a label that specifies which cabinet they came from. This will make unpacking a lot easier.
Heavy items should always go at the bottom of the box but if an item is especially heavy, try to put into a small a box as possible on its own so that it is easier to transport. When lifting heavy items from the floor, bend down to pick them up with your knees, avoid using your back; a back injury will be the last thing you need on the day you move! In addition, if you find yourself having to turn with a heavy weight in your arms, lead with your feet, don’t twist your back.
Finally, when packing items into the removals van, make certain that the boxes that you’re going to need the most at the other end get loaded into the van very last, so that you’ll be able to reach them quickly at the new house. The box with the kettle in is a good example of this.