Fragiles are some of the hardest items to pack. From ornaments to dishes, antiques, photos and lights, you’ll need to consider what you’re packing, and how best to transport them.
Large photos, framed items and paintings other wall based items are easiest wrapped in bubble-wrap and then placed carefully in a safe place – they’ll need to be monitored carefully when moving, as anything falling against them could cause serious damage, tear or break them.
By far and away, the most awkward items to move are computer monitors and TV are the hardest to move – unless you’ve kept their boxes, you’ll find it very difficult to either fit them into a box that you have acquired, or find that you need the boxes for other things. These can be wrapped in sheets or dust covers and placed, with padding around them, in the van once the boxes are in. Most removal companies bind layers to stop them from shifting or falling, so you can secure your monitors, and computers in the same way.
Fragile items, such as ornaments and dishes can go in polystyrene bead lined boxes, or be packed in bubble wrap, but its important to remember that this will cut down on the volume of the items you can fit into the box, and it’s still no guarantee that they will survive the move.
Careful packing does minimize the risk of things being broken, but one of the only ways to actually ensure that you have no breakages whilst moving is to take them with you, or, if hiring a firm, allowing them to pack.
Newspaper is a great buffer item, but remember, the ink may rub off when you’re in transit, giving you another chore at the other end. You can get white “newsprint” paper from most box suppliers, which is considered to be best for packing fragile and wrapping.